According to Business Insider, the son-in-law of President Trump’s attorney general nominee, William (Bob) Barr, has joined the White House legal team.
Tyler McGaughey, married to Barr’s youngest daughter, is leaving his job at the Justice Department for his new White House position. The White House counsel advises the president and the White House concerning legal issues related to the presidency.
Although the White House counsel is separate from the legal team defending Trump in the Russia probe, the work of the both teams intersects.
Former director of the Office of Government Ethics said 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 the 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 moves 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.