Jones Day lawyer gears up to help ‘drain the swamp’ as President-elect Trump praises his ‘deep understanding of constitutional law’

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Donald McGahn is a partner at the US giant’s Washington office


President-elect Donald Trump has handed the role of White House counsel to a Jones Day lawyer.

Donald McGahn (pictured) served as the Republican’s campaign counsel during his successful 2016 election battle, and was spotted entering Trump Tower’s flashy gold elevator last week.

Unveiling the Jones Day partner as his new top legal advisor, Trump said McGahn has a “brilliant legal mind” with a “deep understanding of constitutional law.” The statement continued:

He will play a critical role in our administration, and I am grateful that he is willing to serve our country at such a high-level capacity.

Unsurprisingly, McGahn — who used to work at Patton Boggs (now Squire Patton Boggs), before making the switch to Jones Day in 2014 — is delighted with his promotion.

An “honoured” McGahn — who apparently has a substantial guitar collection — took the opportunity to praise Trump, describing him as a “bold leader committed to draining the swamp in Washington and restoring economic prosperity and security.”

It would appear the soon-to-be President has a penchant for Jones Day lawyers. Partner Gregory Katsas and associate James Burnham — who like McGahn are both based in the firm’s Washington office — have been drafted in by Trump to oversee the transition of the US Department of Justice.



Trump’s penchant for Jones Day lawyers makes sense when you recall the comments he made to Billy Bush.



DT + JD? You’re surprising no-one.


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Jones Day Partner

I for one am very proud of Jones Day for embracing president elect Trump’s mantra. Grab em by the pussy!



This is hardly news – all prominent lobbying firms in D.C. are rushing to get a piece of the action. Squire Patton Boggs recently featured in the Economist as one of the ‘evil’ lobbying shops ready to cozy up to Trump. Ditto for Akin Gump.

It’s just business in the end, and business will be booming.



Sir or Madam, you are mistaken; Jones Day is not a “lobbying firm” and in fact does no lobbying whatsoever. (Corroborated here: )


DC insider

Yes it is. Jones Day has a prominent D.C. based government relations practice, which is a fancy word for a lobbying shop. Ditto for Squire Patton Boggs, WilmerHale or Akin Gump, and countless others.

Why do you think the article mentions the guy leaving SPB to join JD in the first place? Read and learn, muppet.



FYI, “DC insider,” your statements are inaccurate. Jones Day has no lobbying practice and does no lobbying. Perhaps you prefer the term “government relations.” Jones Day doesn’t do that, either. Political law (FEC compliance, etc.) is a separate matter and has nothing to do with efforts to affect public policy through lobbying (or through “government relations”). Those who engage in lobbying are required by law to publicly register with the government. Hence the various lists of lobbying firms (e.g., )

Btw, I love the Muppets!


Swansea llb

I hope I can get my TC at Jones Day. Currently at Swansea so I should be sorted.



1/10, try harder plz. ✊🏻💦💦


Swansea llb

Swansea is pretty highly regarded. I’ll be fine



Indeed – many Swansea graduates have built sterling careers as janitors and deep fryer operators. You’ll be fine.


Swansea llb

Lol I know a swansea graduate who is an associate at Eversheds so joke’s on you.


Eversheds haha!


This is clearly the same “hilarious” troll pretending to be at Aberystwyth Uni. This isn’t funny either, fyi.


Draining the Swamp is a misunderstood metaphor. We should study the swamp and drain it of the pollution we’ve put it in. Here’s how, using best practices that have been proven to work in the private and public sector:


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