White House counsel Don McGahn will reportedly step down this fall, either after Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed to the Supreme Court or after the midterms.
Top White House officials and sources close to McGahn told Axios that the lawyer would like his successor to be Emmet Flood, a former Clinton administration official who is representing President Donald Trump in the Russia investigation.
“The reason he can represent both Bill Clinton and Donald Trump is because he thinks these investigators come and basically put a target on their backs, trying to overturn every aspect of their lives searching for a crime,” a source close to Flood told Axios.
Three senior administration officials also hope Flood succeeds McGahn, saying the attorney knows how to get and keep the president’s attention during conversations about his legal troubles.
Trump later confirmed the news in a tweet:
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