White House counsel Don McGahn had planned to leave the White House sometime after the midterm elections, but President Donald Trump took it upon himself to speed up the timeline. In a Wednesday morning tweet, the president shoved McGhan out.
“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 tweeted.
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
However, Washington Post reporter Robert Costa explained on an MSNBC political panel that McGahn had no idea this move was coming from Trump. He explained that Capitol Hill is starting to get nervous about this recent decision.
“They see McGahn as a link to traditional Republicanism,” Costa said. “He’s a conventional figure inside of an unconventional White House. He’s helped them stay steady as a party on one core area, on the judicial nominations even as there is disarray and disagreement on the rest of the Trump agenda… And now they’re worried about how does that continue without McGahn.”
He explained that the president decided to make the move on his own without talking to McGahn first.
“But this is how the president often behaves and McGahn’s associates have been telling friends it’s been death by Twitter or announcement by Twitter, personnel-wise, for many people inside of this White House.”
Over the past several months McGhan has grown tired of the president’s constant demand to persuade Attorney General Jeff Sessions to un-recuse himself from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.
According to the Washington Post DC bureau chief Philip Rucker, Trump doesn’t like for people to leave on their own.
“He likes to show people to the door,” Rucker said.
McGahn has also spent a lot of time with Mueller likely giving detailed accounts of conversations Trump would probably prefer staying between them.
Former FBI assistant director for counterintelligence Frank Figliuzzi said that we’re coming dangerously close to an un-checked presidency.
“No one left to even try to balance his actions out,” he said. “And if that happens, the domino effect may start.”
He noted without McGahn there might be no one to protect Sessions left and other Republicans are giving their blessing for it.
“And the danger signal to me is we’re hearing people say, ‘Well, as long as he picks an attorney general who lets Mueller finish,'” Figliuzzi continued. “Letting Mueller finish is only half the equation. How you properly deal with Mueller’s report, Mueller’s potential request to subpoena the president for an interview, Mueller’s potential request to indict a sitting president. If a new attorney general is there and he’s a lackey for this president, look out.”
Watch the full panel below:
Early voting to be hit by heavy rain and flooding as Hurricane Zeta barrels towards the Gulf Coast
Hurricane Zeta is expected to make landfall near Louisiana's border with Mississippi on Wednesday evening as campaigns work to get supporters to the polls and convince any undecided voters to back their candidate.
"Hurricane conditions and life-threatening storm surge are possible along portions of the northern Gulf Coast on Wednesday, and Storm Surge and Hurricane Watches are in effect," the National Hurricane Center warned.
"Between Tuesday night and Thursday, heavy rainfall is expected from portions of the central Gulf Coast into the southern Appalachians and Mid-Atlantic states near and in advance of Zeta. This rainfall will lead to flash, urban, small stream, and minor river flooding," the center explained.
Brett Kavanaugh caught lying in SCOTUS opinion against voting access during the pandemic: report
Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh on Monday voted that 2020 elections ballots in Wisconsin can only be counted if received by Election Day.
Kavanaugh issued his own concurring opinion, where he suggested that state courts should be barred from protecting voting rights.
Kavanaugh also made a mistake of fact.
Sam Levine, a voting rights reporter for the Guardian, noted Kavanaugh was inaccurate in his concurring opinion.
Lincoln Project releases harrowing new video of the future if Trump wins re-election
The Lincoln Project, the group of former top GOP strategists seeking to beat President Donald Trump in the 2020 election, released another new video on Monday evening.
Unlike other videos, the latest release did not feature Trump saying crazy things. Instead, it is more like a 60-second short film.
It features a mother listening to election night returns. She goes into her son's bedroom and lovingly awakens him.
"Hey honey, you asked me to wake you and tell you what happened in the election," she says.
"Who won?" the child asked.
"Trump," she replied. "Trump won."