WH Ethics Lawyer And McGahn Deputy Stefan Passantino Leaving This Week

on August 14, 2018 in Washington, DC.
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White House ethics lawyer Stefan Passantino’s, a deputy to soon-departing White House counsel Don McGahn, is leaving his post on Friday, according to reports from The Washington Post and NBC News.

Bloomberg reported Passantino’s last day would be Thursday.

Passantino has worked to keep officials in compliance with ethical standards, while navigating a minefield of controversies, like Kellyanne Conway’s promotion of Ivanka Trump’s clothing line during a television interview.

Trump announced on Wednesday that McGahn was headed out the door this fall, affirming reports that the White House lawyer had no intention of sticking around beyond the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Bret Kavanaugh.

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