Don McGahn departs as White House counsel, officials say

White House Counsel Don McGahn left the Trump administration on Wednesday, White House officials said, the latest in a string of high-profile departures.

News of McGahn's departure from the White House was first reported by The New York Times, which cited two people close to him. Two White House officials confirmed to NBC News that Wednesday was McGahn's last day.

McGahn's departure comes a day after President Donald Trump told The Associated Press in a Tuesday interview that Washington lawyer Pat Cipollone to serve as his next White House counsel.

McGahn was tapped by then president-elect Donald Trump during the transition in November of 2016.

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was fired by President Trump in March 2018.

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White House aide Omarosa Manigault insists she resigned and was not fired from her role in December 2017.

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt resigned from his position on July 5, 2018 after a number of ethics scandals.

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Sally Yates was fired from her post as acting attorney general when she refused to enforce President Trump's travel ban. 

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Michael Flynn resigned as national security adviser in February after misleading Vice President Mike Pence about his interactions with Russian officials. 

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Former Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price resigned in late September. 

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President Trump fired U.S. Attorney in Manhattan Preet Bharara in March.

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Mike Dubke resigned as White House communications director in late May.

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Walter Shaub, former Director of the United States Office of Government Ethics in Washington, DC resigned in July.

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White House deputy assistant Sebastian Gorka resigned in August 2017. 

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Rick Dearborn, White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Legislative Affairs, left the White House in December 2017.

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In August, Trump said on Twitter that McGahn would be leaving his post in the fall after the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, which occurred earlier this month. McGahn was not aware that the president would be tweeting about his future but was not upset by it, according to an administration official at the time.

The announcement by Trump about McGahn's planned departure came less than two weeks after The New York Times reported that McGahn had spent 30 hours talking with the special counsel Robert Mueller's team, which is investigating Russian interference with the 2016 presidential election and other matters.

At the time, the newspaper reported that McGahn "provided the investigators examining whether Mr. Trump obstructed justice a clear view of the president's most intimate moments with his lawyer."

McGahn is a former member of the Federal Election Commission who was one of Trump's longest-serving aides, having joined Trump's 2016 presidential campaign as counsel.

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WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 13: U.S. White House Counsel Don McGahn after the investiture ceremony for U.S. District Judge Trevor N. McFadden April 13, 2018 at the U.S. District Court in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 01: Rob Porter, right, White House staff secretary, and Don McGahn, White House counsel, attend a luncheon featuring a speech by President Donald Trump at the House and Senate Republican retreat at The Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., on February 1, 2018. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 13: U.S. White House Counsel Don McGahn (R) talks to acting U.S. Associate Attorney General Jesse Panuccio (L) after the investiture ceremony for U.S. District Judge Trevor N. McFadden April 13, 2018 at the U.S. District Court in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15: Don McGahn, general counsel for the Trump transition team, gets into an elevator in the lobby at Trump Tower, November 15, 2016 in New York City. President-elect Donald Trump is in the process of choosing his presidential cabinet as he transitions from a candidate to the president-elect. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 13: U.S. White House Counsel Don McGahn after the investiture ceremony for U.S. District Judge Trevor N. McFadden April 13, 2018 at the U.S. District Court in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
White House Counsel Don McGahn speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Maryland, U.S., February 22, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - FEBRUARY 22: White House Counsel Don McGahn speaks during CPAC 2018 February 22, 2018 in National Harbor, Maryland. The American Conservative Union hosted its annual Conservative Political Action Conference to discuss conservative agenda. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - APRIL 7: Vice President Mike Pence and White House counsel Don McGahn, arrive in the Capitol on the day the Senate voted to confirm Neil Gorsuch as the next Supreme Court justice, April 7, 2017. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
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UNITED STATES - JANUARY 20: Don McGahn, White House counsel to President Donald J. Trump, is seen on the West Front of the Capitol after Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, January 20, 2017. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
White House Counsel Don McGahn speaks during the 2018 Conservative Political Action Conference in Oxon Hill, Maryland, on February 22, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
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When it was revealed that McGahn had cooperated with Mueller's probe, Trump tweeted that he allowed McGahn and other requested members of the White House staff to cooperate fully with the special counsel.

McGahn reportedly threatened to quit his post in 2017 after Trump ordered Mueller to be fired in June of that year, according to The New York Times. According to the report, Trump backed down after McGahn threatened to resign.

Last week, Trump's ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, announced her resignation. That announcement reportedly caught administration officials off guard. Haley, former governor of South Carolina, is to leave the administration at the end of the year, she and Trump announced.

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