Washington litigator Pat Cipollone is expected to be President Trump’s pick to replace Don McGahn as White House Counsel, according to four sources familiar with the sensitive internal conversations.
Cipollone has already begun the process of filling out his necessary paperwork, according to one of those sources. (As with any decision in Trumpworld, the president could reverse it or some other obstacle could emerge in the paperwork process. But as of today, it’s expected to be Cipollone.)
“He’s a respected Washington litigator,” the source said. “He’s not one of the big names in the Washington Republican Bar, but he’s respected.”
“But he’s a true believer,” the source said of Cipollone. “He’s a big Trump supporter.”
Between the lines: Trump had been looking for loyalty in his next White House Counsel. He grew to loathe and distrust McGahn, and wanted somebody whom he felt would be unquestioningly “loyal” and who actually wanted the job, according to sources familiar with the president’s thinking.
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