Washington lawyer Pat Cipollone will be next White House counsel

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The two men reportedly had a final farewell chat on Wednesday.

Washington lawyer Pat Cipollone will be President Donald Trump's next White House counsel, according to a source briefed on the matter.

Kavanaugh was confirmed October 6, and McGahn was one of his most ardent defenders in the administration as the now-justice fought those accusations.

President Donald Trump says he won't accept the blame if Republicans lose the House in November. He's also a former FEC chairman and has served as general counsel for the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC).

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His departure is no surprise. But in August, shortly after the extent of his witness testimony was revealed by The New York Times, the president surprised McGahn by announcing on Twitter that he would be leaving as White House counsel after Kavanaugh was confirmed. "'I will never ever go and vote in the midterms because you're not running and I don't think you like Congress.'" He added: "Well, I do like Congress".

The Washington Post reported that although other people in the White House knew that he planned to leave at some point, McGahn was "surprised" by this public announcement from Trump.

As White House counsel, McGahn took on a handful of often-conflicting roles: counselor to the president; protector of top law enforcement officials, including the special counsel, Robert Mueller; and witness in the investigation into whether Trump obstructed justice. Trump would later deny that this took place, tweeting that if he had wanted to fire Mueller, he would have followed through and fired him.

"I have had the privilege to work with him and can attest to his skill, integrity and knowledge of the law", Sekulow said.

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Cipollone is awaiting completion of his background investigation.

When Cipollone was still being considered for the position, counsel to the President Jay Sekulow hailed him as a "brilliant attorney".

Inside the White House, McGahn was often protected by the chief of staff, John Kelly, who created a buffer between McGahn and the president, according to the president's advisers.

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