Don McGahn Out as White House Counsel: Report

Don McGahn reportedly served his last day as White House counsel on Wednesday, according to sources.

A White House official with knowledge of the situation confirmed McGahn's departure to CNN, according to the network's report on Wednesday evening.

The source said that McGahn spent 20 minutes meeting with President Donald Trump on Wednesday, which was said to be a "positive" farewell, although both parties "recognized it was time" to part ways, according to the report.

"Typically you would have the incumbent stay until the successor was ready to take his place," the source told CNN. "But in this case McGahn was tired of the President and the President was tired of McGahn."

McGahn served as White House cousel for the first 18 months of Trump's presidency, which included advising the President on legal issues regarding his Administration, specifically its handling of the Russia investigation and dealing with Trump's responses to news of the investigation as it continued to gain momentum.

McGahn joins a growing list of former Trump aides that have resigned during his 18 months in office. He served as his top attorney throughout the GOP primary and 2016 presidential election and was believed to be one of his most trusted advisers, according to the report.

However, McGahn faced controversy early in his tenure as White House counsel, beginning with accusations made by Attorney General Sally Yates that then-national security adviser Michael Flynn could be blackmailed by Russia and that he had likely lied to Vice President Mike Pence, which led to Flynn's resignation after reports of Yates' warning were made public.

McGahn became the center of the Justice Department and congressional investigations into Russia meddling in the 2016 presidential election as accusations mounted, which continued as Attorney General Jeff Sessions was pressured to recuse himself.

Trump reportedly appointed McGahn to convince Sessions otherwise, although the plea went ignored as Sessions appointed his deputy, Rod Rosenstein, the authority to appoint a special counsel.

McGahn had initially threatened to resign from his former position in the summer of 2017 after Trump ordered him to fire Special Counsel of the Department of Justice Robert Mueller, who was investigating potential collusions between his presential campaign and Russia's alleged involvement in the election.

According to CNN, Trump's order to fire Mueller was the deciding factor in his eventual resignation as he refused to follow through, a source confirmed.

The New York Times initially reported the President's demand for McGahn to fire Mueller and his refusal to do so.

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