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W.H. ethics lawyer Passantino leaving administration

NBC News logo NBC News 8/30/2018 Adam Edelman
Image: U.S. President Trump meeting on a grant for support program for drug-free communitiesPresident Donald Trump attends a meeting in the White House on Wednesday. © Provided by NBCU News Group, a division of NBCUniversal Media LLC President Donald Trump attends a meeting in the White House on Wednesday.

White House ethics lawyer Stefan Passantino is leaving the Trump administration, a senior White House official told NBC News on Thursday.

His last day is Friday.

Passantino — who had been in charge of making sure White House officials complied with government ethics rules — had helped several White House officials deal with a number of ethics controversies, including a notorious March 2017 incident when Kellyanne Conway, a counselor to President Donald Trump, plugged the clothing line of Ivanka Trump on national television.

Passantino is just the latest lawyer to depart the Trump White House.

A day earlier, Trump announced that White House counsel Don McGahn, who cooperated with special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe, would be leaving his job in the fall.

Their departures add to the growing exodus of administration officials who have left the White House — a record-setting turnover for a presidential administration.


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