Donald Trump’s White House Counsel prepares to leave the building
This week we learned that Donald Trump’s White House Counsel Don McGahn had tried to convince Attorney General Jeff Sessions not to recuse himself in the Trump-Russia investigation, meaning that McGahn obstructed justice. Based on additional details in that reporting that could seemingly only have come from McGahn himself, it now very much appears he’s cut a deal. Now it’s become clear that McGahn is preparing to bail on the White House altogether.
Don McGahn’s wife Shannon McGahn has abruptly resigned her prominent position in Trump’s Treasury Department. Based on Bloomberg’s reporting, it appears she vacated her job on Friday without advance warning, and didn’t stick around for the customary two weeks notice, or for a replacement to be found (link). Political operatives come and go from various jobs for various reasons. But considering that Shannon is quitting her Trump administration job almost immediately after Don was outed as being guilty of a crime, and outed as probably having flipped on Trump, it’s fairly easy to see what’s going on here.
Not only is Don McGahn preparing to bail on his White House Counsel job, his spouse is expecting the fallout to be acrimonious enough that she’s also swiftly bailing on her Trump administration job. This further points back to the notion that Don has flipped on Trump, and that it’s soon going to be officially confirmed.
This week it was also reported that former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus gave his own detailed notes about Donald Trump’s obstruction of justice efforts to Special Counsel Robert Mueller, meaning that Priebus has flipped on Trump. Priebus and McGahn are being represented by the same attorney in the Russia scandal, which would not be legally possible if one of them flipped and the other didn’t. This further serves to all but confirm that McGahn cut a deal months ago, and has incredibly continued to work in the White House all this time without Trump figuring it out. But that’s all rapidly unraveling.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report