John Kelly interviewed by Mueller's team and expected to quit

Postado Dezembro 08, 2018

Nick Ayers, who is now chief of staff for Vice President Mike Pence, is the front-runner to replace Kelly, according to Axios and ABC News.

White House chief of staff John Kelly - who is expected to call it quits in the days ahead - was interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller's team, CNN reported Friday, citing a trio of sources. This was after White House lawyers initially objected to Mueller's request to do the interview earlier in the summer.

The news comes as Kelly and Trump experience their ugliest fallout yet, with the two reportedly no longer on speaking terms.

He has named new picks for attorney general and United Nations ambassador amid widespread speculation that the embattled White House chief of staff John Kelly could soon depart. Trump began circumventing many of the policies and protocols he enacted, and he was on the verge of being fired or resigning numerous times.

Kelly, a retired four-star Marine Corps general, has been the president's top aide since late July 2017.

Trump often vacillated between criticizing and praising Kelly, sometimes within minutes of each other. The lights were off in his West Wing office.

At times, Kelly was the source of his own downfall.

The White House senior staff meeting Friday morning was canceled, according to three officials. He is supported by Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, the president's son-in-law and daughter, who both serve as senior West Wing advisers and who, according to several officials, are trying to expand their influence internally and in the re-election campaign.