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Trump names his man on legal, ethical issues

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>> Donald Trump, naming a Washington insider to what promises to be one of the tougher gigs in his administration, White House Council, the job of navigating legal and ethical issues. Don McGahn's resume includes partner at the global law firm Jones Day and former chairman at the federal election commission, where he worked to loosen restrictions on campaign spending.
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Reuters correspondent Roberta Rampton is following Trump in West Palm Beach.>> The position of White House Counsel is important for any White House, but for Trump it's particularly important because of his sprawling network of business interests. Most presidents haven't had this, but he has hotels and golf courses all over the world.
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And so he needs an expert hand to help him navigate any potential conflicts of interest that might arise. And he also wants to bring his son-in-law into the White House, which could be tricky, given that there are anti-nepotism laws on the books. So Don McGahn is someone who's going to be able to lead him through this all.
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>> Complicating things further, Trump has resisted placing his real estate empire in a blind trust, choosing instead to turn over control to his children. They've been documented taking part in meetings and phone calls with heads of states since Trump's win. McGahn will also be tasked with shepherding potential Supreme Court nominees through confirmation hearings.