Trump Tries To Set Record Straight On Exit Of White House Counsel

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Saagar Enjeti White House Correspondent
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President Donald Trump addressed the impending departure of his White House counsel Don McGahn in a series of Thursday tweets.

Trump first announced McGahn’s departure in a Wednesday morning tweet after a report from Axios that he was planning on leaving sometime in the fall.

McGahn’s departure sparked an avalanche of cable news coverage and a New York Times report alleging that Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump pushed the White House counsel out the door. Trump responded angrily to that report Thursday morning, saying:

Trump then continued that the Russia investigation had nothing to do with his “decision” to tweet about McGahn’s departure. The president also made clear that McGahn was not the chief person advising him not to fire his Attorney General Jeff Sessions or special counsel Robert Mueller.