Stories by Jonathan Swan

McGahn source bites back on Trump's Mueller claims

Don McGahn, the former White House lawyer, sitting behind Trump in a photograph
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President Trump's public critique of his former White House counsel Don McGahn isn't going unanswered.

A source close to McGahn told Axios: “Anyone who believes Trump wasn’t telling Don to get rid of Mueller using these conflicts is just stupid or believes in the tooth fairy.”

A White House name to watch as Sarah Sanders' replacement

In this image, Stephanie walks out of a doorway while carrying a bag.
First Lady Melania Trump's communications director Stephanie Grisham. Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Expect to hear more about Stephanie Grisham, First Lady Melania Trump's spokeswoman, as discussions heat up about replacing White House press secretary Sarah Sanders.

The state of play: A number of influential people close to President Trump want her in the job — and Trump has told people he likes her and trusts her. She is one of a tiny number of campaign originals left in the White House.

Scoop: Trump selects Eric Ueland to lead legislative affairs

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President Trump has picked Eric Ueland, currently deputy assistant to the president for domestic policy, to replace Shahira Knight as director of legislative affairs, according to two sources with direct knowledge of the decision. Ueland has deep experience in Congress and is widely respected on Capitol Hill.

Why it matters: As the president's top liaison to Capitol Hill, this is perhaps the hardest job in Washington. The White House is at war with House Democrats, who have initiated a blizzard of subpoenas. Trump has made clear he wants his current and former staff to stonewall House Democrats and that he expects to get no big legislative items done (for example, infrastructure) while Democrats are investigating him.