Trump says Russia probe no factor in McGahn exit

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says the Russia investigation was not a factor, “even a little bit,” in his decision about White House counsel Don McGahn.

Trump announced Wednesday on Twitter that McGahn will depart in the fall, likely after Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s expected confirmation to the Supreme Court.

The president tweeted Thursday: “The Rigged Russia Witch Hunt did not come into play, even a little bit, with respect to my decision on Don McGahn!”

Word of McGahn’s departure followed a New York Times report earlier this month on McGahn’s extensive cooperation with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Trump has tweeted that he allowed McGahn to cooperate with the investigation, and that he has nothing to hide.

Trump calls the investigation a “witch hunt.”