Attorney General Barr's Son-In-Law Is A Member Of The White House‘s Legal Team
Business Insider reported in February last year that the son-in-law of President Trump’s then-nominee for attorney general, William Barr, had joined the White House legal team.
Tyler McGaughey, who is married to Barr’s youngest daughter, left his job at the Justice Department for a new White House position. The White House counsel advises t"the president, the executive office, and White House staff on legal issues concerning the president and the presidency."
Former director of the Office of Government Ethics said at the time that McGaughey’s transfer to the White House counsel was “concerning.”
"That's troubling because it raises further questions about Barr's independence," Shaub said.
Yet, he also said that McGaughey’s move — and the move of Mary Daly, Barr’s oldest daughter, from the Justice Department to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network — was “a good idea” because the shifts would "avoid the bad optics that could come from the appearance of them working for" Barr.
In a tweet, Shaub shared his opinion.
"Trump fired an AG for allowing an investigation of him," he wrote. "His nominee, Barr, says he'll ignore ethics officials if he feels like it. Barr wrote an unsolicited memo criticizing the Mueller investigation. Now Barr's son-in-law is being reassigned to the White House Counsel's office."
In January, Barr said that he would not carry out an order to end the Mueller inquiry without cause.