Donald Trump Picks Don McGahn as White House Counsel

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President-elect Donald Trump has selected former FEC chairman Don McGahn to serve in his administration as White House counsel and an assistant to the president.

“Don has a brilliant legal mind, excellent character and a deep understanding of constitutional law,” Trump said in a statement. “He will play a critical role in our administration, and I am grateful that he is willing to serve our country at such a high-level capacity.”

McGahn, now a top election lawyer, helped Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in the Republican primaries, specifically thwarting an establishment effort to throw Trump off the ballot in New Hampshire.

Trump singled him out during his New Hampshire primary victory speech, bringing him on stage to celebrate.

“I am honored to continue advising President-elect Trump in the Trump-Pence Administration,” McGahn said in a statement. “President-elect Trump is a bold leader committed to draining the swamp in Washington and restoring economic prosperity and security. I look forward to serving the American public in this role.”