Once a partner at BigLaw firm Jones Day, Don McGahn could be on the brink of losing his new job as top White House lawyer. As sources speculate in BusinessInsider, McGahn could be gone in a week.
Essentially, he's caught in a Catch-22.
That ranges from the Michael Flynn disaster to the equally catastrophic immigrant ban order.
The Catch-22 is:
How much did he know, when and to whom did he communicate all that
And, if among those he communicated any or all that had been Donald Trump, obviously he has had little influence on the president.
As for the Flynn mess, former acting U.S. attorney General Sally Yates had informed McGahn of her concerns about Flynn's relations with the Russians. In particular, she discussed his phone call with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Potenially, Flynn could be blackmailed by the Russians.
The question in this situation was: Did McGahn pass on this concern to Trump? And, if so, why had the situation developed into such a high-profile scandal for Flynn, the Trump Administration and the United States government?
As for all the rest - and there is a long list of those - the issue is if McGahn is incompetent in his knowledge of the law or is it just that he cannot convince his boss to stay within the law. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the immigrant ban order.
Given the pressure the new president is now under, it's probable that McGahn could be positioned and packaged by the Administration as the bad guy. The labels could be anything from not being up on the law to not being a loyal counsel to the president.
McGahn had started out representing the Make America Great Again campaign. Then, he was appointed to this big job. Also brought into the White House were other former lawyers at Jones Day.
One wonders if McGahn goes down will the Jones Day brand be tarnished?
And could the loss of brand equity get worse if the White House legal problems deepen? After all, the Trump Administration is crawling with former Jones Day legal eagles.
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