White House counsel Don McGahn leaves

Don McGahn left his position as White House counsel Wednesday, a move that had been announced in August. Evan Vucci/AP

White House counsel Don McGahn stepped down effective Wednesday.

McGahn oversaw President Trump’s judicial appointments, capping his influential tenure with the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. McGahn pushed through a string of conservative nominees, often suggested by the Federalist Society or the Heritage Foundation.

Many were young, meaning they will shape court decisions for decades.

McGahn’s “significance to the judiciary, the White House, and the nation cannot be overstated,” Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said in August. Shortly after The New York Times reported that McGahn had cooperated “extensively” with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election meddling, Trump tweeted that McGahn would be leaving this fall.

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