White House counsel to lead Trump's Supreme Court search
White House counsel Don McGahn will oversee President Trump’s selection of a replacement for retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, the White House announced Monday.
The move is part of a temporary reshuffle of the West Wing designed to swiftly confirm a new justice on the high court by the fall.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said McGahn will receive assistance from a group of attorneys who will vet nominees and prepare briefing materials for Trump.
“Teams of attorneys from the White House Counsel’s Office and Department of Justice are working to ensure the president has all the information he needs to choose his nominee,” Sanders said in a statement. “The Department of Justice is fully engaged to support the nomination and confirmation efforts.”
McGahn was reportedly eyeing a departure from the White House, but decided to remain on board to navigate the confirmation process.