Axios morning email thingie leads with a scoop of sorts:
Top White House officials and sources close to White House counsel Don McGahn tell Jonathan Swan and me that McGahn will step down this fall — after Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed to the Supreme Court, or after the midterms.
That potentially puts a successor in charge of fielding a blizzard of requests or subpoenas for documents and testimony if Democrats win control of the House in the midterms.
And if the White House winds up fighting special counsel Robert Mueller, an epic constitutional fight could lie ahead.
We’re told that Trump has not settled on a successor.
But McGahn has told a confidant he would like his successor to be Emmet Flood, a Clinton administration alumnus who joined the White House in May to deal with the Russia probe.
Flood also served for two years during George W. Bush’s second term as his top lawyer handling congressional investigators.
A source familiar with Flood’s thinking said: “The reason he can represent both Bill Clinton and Donald Trump is because he thinks these investigators come and basically put a target on their backs, trying to overturn every aspect of their lives searching for a crime.”
McGahn, whom some Trump allies fear coughed up too much information during his extensive cooperation with Mueller’s team, would leave on a high note, presumably after twin wins on Supreme Court nominees.
Be smart: McGahn has had, at times, a strained relationship with the president.
A defender of McGahn’s, who has been an uncomfortable bystander while the president has torn shreds off of McGahn, told Axios that McGahn did the best he could under very trying circumstances, and often had to bat back unreasonable and legally problematic requests.
Before I clicked Publish, the White House has confirmed.
So getting out while the getting out is good.