The upcoming resignation of White House lawyer Don McGahn to join the private sector is generating new claims that the president's daughter, Ivanka Trump, had a stake in his departure.
President Donald Trump announced on Twitter on Wednesday that McGahn's departure from the White House will come this fall. Trump issued the tweet just hours after an anonymous report that the White House lawyer was about to disappear.
The news followed a New York Times story last month that White House aides were surprised to learn of the extent of McGahn's cooperation with special advisor Robert Mueller, something Trump said happened with his own express approval. .
However, Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, have been identified among the discontented with the history of cooperation. She complained bitterly to her father about it, the Times reported Wednesday afternoon.
Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner (back left), have been identified as among the disgruntled with a story about the cooperation of the White House lawyer, Don McGahn's cooperation with Robert Mueller's researchers.
The report also identifies it as a suspicious source of an Axios report that accurately predicted McGahn's departure. Ironically, the report came one day when Trump criticized the anonymous sources for not believing it.
The story points out that McGahn has been a "frequent target" of Ivanka and Kushner, and claims that McGahn believed that the story was planted to force the president to go ahead and announce his departure from the White House.
Kushner survived reports last year that his days in Trump's White House were numbered. The president praised him for praising him in the development of a new trade agreement with Mexico. The president of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, also recognized the president's son-in-law, who made an appearance on the record at a press conference organized by the White House.
Despite the intrigue of the palace, President Trump praised his retired White House lawyer when the president revealed that he personally gave McGahn the green light to undergo interviews with the investigators of special lawyer Robert Mueller.
You know, I had to approve it. We do not claim an executive, "Trump said, and asked him if he was upset because retired White House aide, Don McGahn, spoke with Robert Mueller's investigators.
Trump praised McGahn hours after he informed him about McGahn's retirement on Twitter, not only to the nation, but also to McGahn himself.
& # 39; It's a good man. Very good man Don, excellent guy, "Trump said of the lawyer who reportedly spoke with investigators for 30 hours.
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– Don McGahn is really a good guy. I have been with me for a long time. In private before this, he represented me, "Trump said, greeting the domestic lawyer after reports that there have been tensions in their relationship for months.
– A lot of affection for Don. He will probably move to the private sector, perhaps to the private sector. And it will do very well. He has done an excellent job, "said Trump.
Trump said he had no problem with McGahn talking to Mueller, whose research on Russia lasted for more than a year.
President Donald Trump's White House chief adviser, Jared Kushner, arrives at the office of the United States Trade Representative on Wednesday, August 29, 2018.
President Donald Trump announced that White House attorney Don McGahn will step down.
Then he added: "I knew he would go too, you know, I had to approve it, we did not claim an executive," Trump said, ending his thinking, and probably referring to executive privelege.
Then he stepped back: No, I do not have to be aware, we have, we do everything straight, we do everything for the book. And Don is an excellent guy. "
Hours earlier, Trump announced that McGahn, who cooperated with Special Advisor Robert Mueller but whom the president defended as not "RAT", will leave his post.
Trump praised McGahn in comments from the White House
The Washington Post reported that McGahn knew of his exit from the tweet, without warning.
McGahn has cooperated extensively with Mueller's investigators, who have been investigating the interference of Russian elections and possible obstruction problems such as the dismissal of FBI director James Comey.
But he did it with a green light from Trump's original legal team. It has also been identified with Trump's successful push to bring the judiciary together with conservatives with lifetime appointments.
Trump sent McGahn, who will leave the White House this fall, with a compliment in a Wednesday tweet.
"White House aide, Don McGahn, will leave office in the fall, shortly after the confirmation (hopefully) of Judge Brett Kavanaugh before the Supreme Court of the United States," Trump wrote. & # 39; I have worked with Don for a long time and I really appreciate your service! & # 39;
Trump insisted that McGan "is not a RAT" in a tweet after a New York Times report on his cooperation, which included 30 hours of interviews.
The two men have faced each other and have a tense relationship.
White House attorney Don McGahn follows the Supreme Court nominee judge, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, to his meeting with Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat from Minnesota, in Capitol Hill, Washington, on Tuesday, August 21, 2018.
Trump announced the next game on Twitter
Axios reported on Wednesday morning about McGahn's departure, based on the anonymous supply. Also on Wednesday, Trump attacked anonymous sources and said they were false and should not be believed.
According to the report, McGahn favors his successor Emmett Flood, who represents Trump in the investigation of Russia from inside the White House.
Earlier this month, Trump disposed of a New York Times account, which characterized McGahn's cooperation with Mueller as a potential threat to the White House.
Trump in a tweet invoked former White House aide John Dean, who cooperated with prosecutors during Watergate, helping to bring down Richard Nixon.
"The failed @nytimes wrote a fake piece today, implying that because White House counselor Don McGahn gave hours of testimony to the Special Council, he must be a" RAT "type of John Dean, Trump wrote. The president miswrote the & # 39; advice & # 39; in the tweet.
"But I allowed him and everyone else to testify, I did not have to, I have nothing to hide …" the president added.
Dean replied: "Trump, a total incompetent, is botching and spoiling his handling of Russiagate … Fate is never kind to bunglers and / or botchers! However, unlike Nixon, Trump will not leave voluntarily or with grace.
Previously, Trump criticized the anonymous sources, although an anonymous origin report on Wednesday morning anticipated Trump's announcement confirmed
McGahn, who was present during the chaotic first days of the Trump administration when National Security Adviser Mike Flynn was fired, the travel ban was drafted, Trump dismissed Comey, Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused and Mueller was appointed, cooperated with the consent of Trump original legal team.
Trump's current lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, told the magazine & # 39; Meet the Press & # 39; of NBC this month that Trump did not raise executive privilege in the hope of bringing the investigation to a quick close.
"The president encouraged him to testify, he's happy to have done it, he's pretty sure there's nothing in the testimony that harms the president," Giuliani said.
McGahn previously served as commissioner of the Federal Election Commission and as the leading attorney in the Trump campaign.
He also oversaw the successful confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch before the Supreme Court, which Trump touts as one of his main achievements.
Outside the center of attention, he also helped direct the judges of the Circuit Court and the District Court through the system.
Not all the nominees went through the billing initiative at the beginning of Trump's term.
Brett Talley, who was a 36-year-old Justice Department official, retired despite having removed the Judiciary Committee after obtaining a unanimous and unconditional rating from the United States Bar Association. It turned out that he could not divulge blog posts he wrote under a pseudonym that included one that supported the Ku Klux Klan, as reported by NPR. Nor did he reveal that he was married to McGahn's chief of staff.
McGahn threatened to resign when Trump threatened to fire Mueller last June, the New York Times reported.