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Sanders says White House staff "passionate," not angry at each other

John Bolton and John Kelly
John Bolton and John Kelly. Photo: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders disputed reports of a "shouting match" over immigration between Chief of Staff John Kelly and National Security Adviser John Bolton. "The shouting match was so intense that other White House aides worried one of the two men might immediately resign," Bloomberg reported.

“While we are passionate about solving the issue of illegal immigration, we are not angry at one another."
— Sanders statement

Why it matters: The fight "over immigration and border crossings, including the performance of the Homeland Security Department under Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen," according to Bloomberg, shows that "tension is flaring in the White House" before midterm elections with Republicans might lose control of Congress.

White House counsel Don McGahn officially departs administration

Don McGhan at Trump tower
Don McGahn, White House Counsel to President-elect Donald Trump. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Don McGahn, who spent almost two years as White House counsel and became a witness against the president in the Mueller investigation, has departed the Trump administration, the New York Times reports.

What's next: McGahn will be replaced by Washington litigator Pat Cipollone, as scooped by Axios' Jonathan Swan on Saturday. Trump had been looking for loyalty in his next White House Counsel, per Swan. He grew to loathe and distrust McGahn, and wanted somebody whom he felt would be unquestioningly "loyal" and who actually wanted the job. McGahn had been working "extensively" with Robert Mueller's team and had shared "detailed accounts about the episodes at the heart" of the special counsel's investigation.