Breaking: McGahn Out

Ken AshfordGeneral corruption, L'Affaire Russe, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Another Trump insider leaving. 

It’s made all the more interesting (to me) by this quote recently in Vanity Fair:

Two sources told me that Trump continues to raise the possibility of a pardon for Manafort, his former campaign chairman. Trump has been clashing with White House counsel Don McGahn, who, sources said, is strongly against granting Manafort a pardon. (A lawyer for McGahn did not respond to a request for comment.) Trump has told people he’s considering bringing in a new lawyer to draft a Manafort pardon, if McGahn won’t do it. “He really at this point does not care,” a former official said. “He would rather fight the battle. He doesn’t want to do anything that would cede executive authority.”

I truly believe Trump is planning to pardon Manafort, and do it BEFORE the elections.  Chaos.

UPDATE – And in typical Trump fashion, he makes this announcement on Twitter without the subject knowing.

And Mitch McConnell seems unusually concerned: