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The U.S. leader said McGahn, who served as the real estate mogul's lawyer during his successful run for the presidency in 2016 before assuming the top White House legal post, will leave after overseeing the inside Washington campaign to win Senate confirmation next month of federal appellate court judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.

McGahn signaled his intentions to leave in March, but the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy delayed his departure from the White House. The White House is hopeful the Senate will confirm Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination in time for him to join the court when its new term starts October 1, with McGahn leaving shortly after the confirmation vote.

He was said to have threatened to quit in June previous year rather than take steps requested by Mr Trump to remove Robert Mueller, the special counsel in charge of the investigation.

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Unlike some less-amiable separations, however, Trump praised McGahn as "a really good guy" who has done "an excellent job".

If Trump worked with McGahn to fashion a pretext for firing then-FBI Director James Comey, Schiff said, McGahn would know whether it was over the Russian Federation probe.

"People like him. He's super well-respected around the building", Sanders said of Flood. There has been speculation the job would go to Emmett Flood, a veteran Washington lawyer who joined the White House in May to help with the Russian Federation probe.

Before joining the White House, McGahn was chief counsel to the Trump campaign.

"The President is clearly anxious about what he has said, and he should be anxious".

McGahn was also among the White House officials who sounded an alarm when Sessions contemplated resigning as attorney general early in the administration. McGahn has been the pipeline for recommendations to Trump; it's not clear that he will be replaced by anyone half as effective.

And when Attorney General Jeff Sessions faced pressure to recuse himself, Trump enlisted McGahn to urge Sessions not to take that step.

McGahn did not discuss the issue with Rosenstein and threatened to quit when Trump continued to insist that he do so, the person said.

The New Jersey native had been a partner at Jones Day, one of the world's largest law firms.