UPDATE — 12:43 p.m. EDT: The Washington Post is reporting D.C.-based trial lawyer Pat Cipollone is under consideration by President Trump to replace Don McGahn as White House counsel.
Cipolline is currently a partner at Stein Mitchell Cipollone Beato & Missner LLP, which performs a plethora of legal services for its clients, including congressional investigations and white collar crime.
President Trump announced Wednesday Don McGahn, the White House counsel, will be leaving the administration in the fall.
In a tweet early Wednesday, Trump revealed McGahn would be exiting his role following the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 29, 2018
The unexpected announcement comes 10 days after it was reported by multiple news outlets McGahn had held a series of meetings, some 30 hours, with investigators associated with the Justice Department’s special counsel probing Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
An expert in election law, McGahn served as a lawyer to Trump’s presidential campaign and steered appointments to the federal bench, including Judge Neil Gorsuch and nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Similarly, in his role as White House counsel, McGahn acted as the primary liaison between the administration and Justice Department officials overseeing the Russia inquiry. It is said McGahn threatened to resign rather than dismiss Robert Mueller last year.
Although Trump has not named a successor for McGahn, the most likely contender is Emmet Flood, an attorney who currently serves in the White House handling legal matters related to the Mueller probe.
While there is no indication Trump will offer Flood the position or if Flood will accept, Trump is said to have a high opinion of Flood and is pleased with his legal expertise.
While addressing questions over who will replace McGahn, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters Flood is admired by administration officials, but Trump had not yet made a decision.
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