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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By Thomas Connelly on

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.