White House Chief of Staff John Kelly's departure could be imminent

08 December, 2018, 08:36 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley listens to a question while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington before a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the Army's fiscal 2018 budget

The expected departure would end a tumultuous tenure for Kelly, who was brought on to bring order to the White House but whose time as chief of staff has often been marked by the same infighting and controversy that has largely defined Trump's presidency from its beginning.

Sources tell CNN that "Kelly responded to a narrow set of questions from special counsel investigators after White House lawyers initially objected to Mueller's request to do the interview earlier this summer".

Kelly wasn't seen at the White House during the day on Friday, but did attend a senior staff dinner in the evening, one of the people said. McGahn had refused to publicly deny the reporting.

President Donald Trump inched closer to his long-teased major White House shake-up Friday, gearing up for the twin challenges of battling for re-election and dealing with the Democrats' investigations once they take control of the House. The lights were off in his West Wing office.


Kelly is the latest high-ranking White House official known to have given information for Mueller's probe.

Trump and Kelly have privately argued at times and complained about each other to confidants, sometimes in colorful language. As Trump prepares for his 2020 reelection campaign, some advisers have counseled him to replace Kelly with a sharper operative who can steer the administration through the daily - and hourly - political fights sure to come.

The president reportedly plans to make the announcement at Saturday's annual Army-Navy football game. Trump nominated him for a second two-year term last year.

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