Grassley to Trump: You can't let McGahn leave

Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyThe Hill's Morning Report - Democratic debates: Miami nice or spice? Senate Finance leaders in talks on deal to limit drug price increases Million-dollar drugs pose new challenge for Congress MORE (R-Iowa) on Wednesday pushed back on President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump campaign buys full page ads in Miami newspapers ahead of Dem debates Trump administration's 'forced diplomacy' with Iran isn't working Roy Moore trails Republican field in Alabama MORE's announcement that White House counsel Don McGahn would leave in the fall, saying "I hope it's not true."

Grassley, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, responded to Trump's abrupt announcement that McGahn would leave in the coming weeks, writing on Twitter that the president "can't let that happen."

Trump wrote in a tweet Wednesday morning that McGahn would leave the White House after Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's expected confirmation.


Grassley's panel is in charge of Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings, which are slated to kick off starting next month. 

"White House Counsel Don McGahn will be leaving his position in the fall, shortly after the confirmation (hopefully) of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court. I have worked with Don for a long time and truly appreciate his service!" Trump wrote earlier Wednesday.

Grassley's tweet was met with a response minutes later from George Conway, husband of White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayThe Hill's 12:30 Report: New revelations from Trump's exclusive sit-down with The Hill The Hill's Morning Report - In exclusive interview, Trump talks Biden, Iran, SCOTUS and reparations EXCLUSIVE: Trump says it's not appropriate for Megan Rapinoe to protest during national anthem MORE and a frequent critic of the president. He joked that McGahn's continued service would amount to "excessive .. punishment" under the Constitution's Eighth Amendment.

"Remember the eighth amendment, senator," Conway wrote.

News of McGahn's expected resignation comes weeks after The New York Times reported that he had cooperated extensively with special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTop Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump MORE's investigation into Russia's election interference.

The Times reported that McGahn gave detailed accounts for the special counsel probe, including on the question of whether Trump obstructed justice by firing former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyBiden is the least electable candidate — here's why Top Mueller prosecutor Andrew Weissmann lands book deal Trump to appear on 'Meet the Press' for first time as president MORE.

Trump responded to the report by claiming that he had instructed McGahn to cooperate personally, adding that no obstruction of justice had occurred.

“I allowed White House Counsel Don McGahn, and all other requested members of the White House Staff, to fully cooperate with the Special Counsel,” Trump tweeted earlier this month. “In addition we readily gave over one million pages of documents. Most transparent in history. No Collusion, No Obstruction. Witch Hunt!” he tweeted earlier this month.