Amid the massive bombshell report claiming President Donald Trump attempted to fire special counsel Robert Mueller, Twitter has identified an underlying thread — that White House counsel Don McGahn II, who threatened to quit if the president fired the special counsel, is no longer on team Trump.
As four sources who spoke with the New York Times noted, Trump ordered McGahn to fire Mueller last June, claiming it would have a “catastrophic effect” on the presidency. He also insisted to White House officials Trump wouldn’t follow through on the firing himself.
"McGahn disagreed with the president’s case and told senior White House officials that firing Mr. Mueller would have a catastrophic effect on Mr. Trump’s presidency. Mr. McGahn also told White House officials that Mr. Trump would not follow through on the dismissal on his own." https://t.co/wqyZl1amR2
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) January 26, 2018
As The Atlantic‘s Natasha Bertrand noted, this information makes it clear that “McGahn has jumped ship.”
If it wasn’t clear before: McGahn has jumped ship https://t.co/7jkoRk7lqq
— Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) January 26, 2018
CNBC’s Christina Wilkie, meanwhile, noted that McGahn has noted denied the claim.
This type of story doesn’t happen by accident, where 4 sources all know about a request the president made to his WH counsel, and all corroborate it to reporters. With no denial from McGahn.
This suggests McGahn’s team wants it known that he stood up to Trump. https://t.co/a0guyqBiwS
— Christina Wilkie (@christinawilkie) January 26, 2018
Read the best responses below.
We were more accurate than we knew with the hed and art on this May profile of Don McGahn: https://t.co/Af2CgknbDM
— Clara Jeffery (@ClaraJeffery) January 26, 2018
Am I alone in thinking that Don McGann is negotiating a deal with Mueller in real time?
— Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) January 26, 2018
This is an interesting point—if McGahn is behind this, why would McGahn want to be seen in a positive light by Mueller? Does he have any exposure of his own? https://t.co/J3Gkocl8xE
— Renato Mariotti (@renato_mariotti) January 26, 2018
To me, it looks like McGahn proved he has at least some legal scruples. Good for him. https://t.co/VC0t1wzZ0o
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) January 26, 2018
Trump: Fire Mueller.
McGahn: No. I'd rather quit.
Trump: Oh ok, forget it then.
— Stefan Becket (@becket) January 26, 2018
McGahn facing down Trump when he wanted to fire Mueller is precisely why we want good people to stay & serve this Administration. You can make a difference.
— Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) January 26, 2018
i'd buy don mcgahn's tell all memoir of the past year
— Laura Rozen (@lrozen) January 26, 2018
Don McGahn has denied us the Very Special Episode of “The Apprentice: White House” that we deserve and for that he cannot be forgiven
— Allahpundit (@allahpundit) January 26, 2018
— Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) January 26, 2018