Another White House lawyer bites the dust. It started with a scoop from Axios that White House counsel Don McGahn would be out the door soon. By the afternoon, Trump sealed his fate with a tweet. Why is McGahn leaving just as Robert Mueller’s investigation is starting to heat up—and how will his successor fare?
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Trigger: The forcing mechanism for McGahn’s ouster appears to be the New York Times article that painted McGahn as suspicious of President Trump and all too eager to cooperate with the Mueller investigation. McGahn reportedly turned over a wealth of shockingly useful information to Mueller’s team, on the belief that he was being set up by Trump to take the rap for a possible obstruction of justice charge. Unwilling to be the John Dean to Trump’s Nixon, McGahn sang to Mueller and his allies talked to the Times.