Donald Trump is reportedly bluffing about knowing who his pick to replace White House Counsel and Assistant to the President Don McGahn will be, as two sources told Axios that he is still considering names to fill the position.
Per the report, the current favorite to fill McGahn’s spot is Fannie Mae general counsel Brian Brooks.
This contradicts what the president previously tweeted on the matter, however.
“I am very excited about the person who will be taking the place of Don McGahn as White House Councel [sic]!” Trump tweeted following the news that McGahn is leaving the White House. “I liked Don, but he was NOT responsible for me not firing Bob Mueller or Jeff Sessions. So much Fake Reporting and Fake News!”
I am very excited about the person who will be taking the place of Don McGahn as White House Counsel! I liked Don, but he was NOT responsible for me not firing Bob Mueller or Jeff Sessions. So much Fake Reporting and Fake News!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 30, 2018
As for Brooks, who was referred to Trump by Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, the Axios report notes that sources are saying he might fill Trump’s demands of “unquestionably loyal[ty]” and serving as “his guy” — meaning that he is always willing and able to defend the president against the onslaught of negative news stories.
Other names include Emmet Flood and former US Attorney Matt Whitaker.
One top Washington attorney told Axios that the White House cannot afford to lose Flood, who was initially considered to be the favorite for the position.
“If they lose [Flood] they are f*cked,” the attorney said. “Because they are never going to find a decent white-collar type to fill Emmet’s shoes.”
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