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Grassley Warns Trump Over McGahn’s Reported Departure From White House Counsel

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Henry Rodgers Capitol Hill Reporter

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley warned President Donald Trump about the reported departure of White House Council Don McGahn Wednesday, saying he hopes the news is not true.

“I hope it’s not true McGahn is leaving WhiteHouse Counsel. U can’t let that happen,” Grassley said in a tweet to Trump hours after Trump tweeted that McGahn would leave the White House after Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s expected confirmation.

The tweet came in response to a tweet from Trump hours prior saying, “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!”

Grassley’s communications director George Hartmann explained in a statement to The Daily Caller News Foundation that McGahn has been “integral to the President’s record-breaking success on filling judicial vacancies.” He said Grassley believes McGahn has “worked so well and so efficiently with the chairman’s office and the Senate Judiciary Committee on judges.”

Grassley’s office, however, refused to comment as to what he thought about McGahn’s rumored successor Emmet Flood when asked if the former Clinton lawyer can be trusted to run judicial selection for the Trump administration.

The White House has not yet publicly commented on Grassley’s comments towards the president.

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