Monday, November 28, 2016

Libertarian McGahn named White House counsel

Donald Trump Appoints Libertarian to Key White House Position | The Liberty Conservative - Dan Wilson:

November 26, 2016 - "Donald Trump has appointed Don McGahn, a former member of the Federal Election Commission and the Trump campaign’s counsel, as the White House Counsel. The White House Counsel advises the President on all legal issues surrounding the administration....

"[T]he Washington Post has described McGahn as a 'libertarian election lawyer', quoting President Obama’s White House Counsel, Robert F. Bauer, as saying 'it will be interesting to see how Don’s suspicion of government — his deep libertarianism — will affect his advice on questions of executive authority'....

"Forbes noted that McGahn used to work for Freedom Partners, a non-profit free market organization closely associated with the Koch brothers, who are well known for their libertarian-leaning political views."

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The Other Donald Behind Donald Trump Carrie Levine, Newsweek:

May 9, 2016 - "McGahn has often cited free speech grounds in opposing restrictions on campaign spending, and he’s pushed back against federal enforcement cases, arguing that they could chill political speech.

"'When elected officials are able to handicap and silence their electoral opponents, they will rarely refrain from doing so,' McGahn wrote last year in a Wall Street Journal opinion piece on Clinton’s campaign finance reform proposals....

"McGahn — together with fellow Republican FEC appointees Caroline Hunter and Matthew Petersen, currently chairman of the commission ... drove changes in the way the commission did business, especially concerning how they punished — or didn’t punish — political actors suspected of violating federal rules and regulations."

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