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.
Trump gave McGahn no heads up before tweeting that he would be out this fall, according to someone who has spoken to McGahn. They had been discussing his plan to leave sometime post-Kavanagh confirmation but McGahn was blindsided (tho not surprised) by the announcement.— Julie Davis (@juliehdavis) August 29, 2018
And Mitch McConnell seems unusually concerned: