A key Trump administration official formally resigned Wednesday, concluding a 21-month tenure in which he played a key role in some of the president’s most significant accomplishments, a White House official confirmed to The Associated Press.
Don McGahn, 50, served as White House counsel to President Donald Trump and was seen as instrumental in implementing the administration’s conservative policies.
McGahn reportedly told officials he was responsible for curbing the president’s more excessive measures, including his desire to fire Mueller from the investigation and reinstating Attorney General Jeff Sessions, The New York Times reported.
The president told The Associated Press that Washington lawyer Pat Cipollone will be his new counsel.
Should Democrats retake the House of Representatives, the White House counsel would bear the brunt of congressional subpoenas and investigations, according to The Times.