Trump says White House counsel McGahn soon leaving

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White House counsel Don McGahn, who had extraordinary access to President Donald Trump during some of his most controversial dealings and decisions, will leave his post this fall, the president said Wednesday.

The 50-year-old McGahn would become the latest in a long line of officials who have left Trump's 19-month presidency, either officials who have been fired, pushed out or voluntarily departed.

Updated 1:05 p.m. | Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles E. Grassley's Twitter style made some news Wednesday after he appeared to warn President Donald Trump to keep Don McGahn as the top White House lawyer.

Mr McGahn's departure was widely expected.

McGahn is far from the first person in the White House to be blindsided by a Trump tweet. Other Trump advisors have suggested aggressive response to Mueller's probe, but McGahn has quietly advocated for stasis.

A White House spokesman declined to comment, saying, "I haven't seen the tweet".

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"It is no surprise to read that he has gained the president's confidence already", Coffin said. Trump asked Porter several times if he would be willing to take over the position if McGahn left, including when chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE took over last summer.

Trump fired James Comey, the former director of the FBI, who was leading the agency's Russian Federation investigation at the time Trump ousted him, leading to Mueller's appointment, over Trump's objections, to take over the probe. "U can't let that happen", Grassley, R-Iowa, tweeted. The report said that during those talks, McGahn and his own lawyer focused on absolving himself of wrongdoing while candidly discussing inner circle conversations with Trump over his moves in the investigation. Flood also worked for former President George W. Bush.

McGahn was the White House official approached in January 2017 by Sally Yates, then the acting attorney general, over concerns that Flynn was vulnerable to blackmail because of conversations he had with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

The New Jersey native had been a partner at Jones Day, one of the world's largest law firms.

Trump named McGahn White House counsel in November 2016 shortly after winning the presidential election.