One appointment is a “libertarian election lawyer” Donald F. McGahn and the other is “hard-line former Reagan administration official” Kathleen “KT” McFarland, best known in recent memory for punditry on FoxNews.
During his presidential campaign, Trump also suggested that he will take an expansive approach to executive power.Among other things, Trump has talked of establishing a religious test for immigrants and setting up a national stop-and-frisk program despite the fact that policing policies are considered to be in the purview of state and local governments. Neither McGahn nor McFarland will require Senate confirmation.
It’s interesting that WaPo characterizes McGahn as having somewhat of an outsider status. Politico described him a little differently:
McGahn’s uncle, Patrick “Paddy” McGahn, was a longtime lawyer for Atlantic City casinos, including Trump’s. The connection would appear to have conferred some fondness for the nephew, but for a couple of confounding facts: Trump fired the elder McGahn in the early 1990s and wound up suing him for allegedly flagrantly overbilling his legal fees.
Don McGahn’s government resume is a limited one. He served as counsel to the National Republican Campaign Committee before being tapped for the Federal Election Commission by President George W. Bush in 2008. On the panel, McGahn pushed aggressively for fewer campaign finance restrictions. McGahn spent about five years at the FEC, including a stint as chairman, before going back to private practice in 2013.
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