Michael Cohen, President Trump's former personal attorney, met Wednesday with federal and NY state law enforcement officials who are investigating Trump's business and charity practices, CNN reported Wednesday.
McGahn was also a personal friend of newly confirmed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Facing the prospect of bruising electoral defeat in congressional elections, President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he won't accept the blame if his party loses control of the House in November, arguing his campaigning and endorsements have helped Republican candidates.
The Donald Trump loyalist who famously said he'd take a bullet for the President is now willing to publicly fight his former boss.
His departure is no surprise.
President Trump had tweeted in August that McGahn would leave after Kavanaugh had been confirmed. He added, "I have worked with Don for a long time and truly appreciate his service!"
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.
Despite Cipollone's new role, Emmet Flood is expected to continue handling the Russian Federation investigation for the White House Counsel's office, the source added.
McGahn's job will be filled by Pat Cipollone.
Newsweek's claim attributes the media blitz to the lack of daily press briefings by press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and cites ABC News' report President Trump "has taken almost 300 questions from reporters in the past 11-day span alone".
Cipollone is awaiting completion of his background investigation. I don't believe anybody's ever had this kind of an impact.
When Cipollone was still being considered for the position, counsel to the President Jay Sekulow hailed him as a "brilliant attorney".
McGahn and other White House attorneys have previously have tried to back Mr. Trump off the idea of firing Mueller before he ends his probe, citing numerous risks and a lack of legal basis for his ouster.