John Kelly Was Questioned By Mueller Team About Obstruction

Sergio Conner
December 8, 2018

John Kelly is expected to resign as US President Donald Trump's chief of staff in the coming days, CNN reported today, citing unnamed sources.

CNN's Kaitlan Collins reported on Friday that Trump and Kelly had reached a "stalemate in their relationship", and had stopped speaking to one another.

The retired four-star general and former Homeland Security director tried to bring order to the White House, but he and the president are said to have grown tired of one other in recent weeks.

The special counsel's team questioned Kelly specifically on an episode involving Trump after the New York Times reported that previous year Trump sought to fire Mueller - a report that allegedly drew Trump's ire at then-White House counsel Don McGahn, who didn't publicly deny it.

Vice-President Mike Pence's chief of staff, Nick Ayers, is widely tipped as to replace Kelly.

The New York Times reported on Friday: "Mr Kelly and Mr Trump have grown tired of each other".

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But in the last months, Kelly has seen his status as chief of staff diminish.

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. The lights were off in his West Wing office. But this past summer, Kelly sought to quiet speculation that he was nearing the exist because of tensions with Trump by telling senior staff that he meant to remain as chief of staff through Trump's 2020 re-election campaign.

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

Trump is further expected to announce Heather Nauert as the new U.S. ambassador to the United Nations on Friday, replacing Nikki Haley.

"Most of the dozens of other interviews have been with people who were associated with the Trump campaign, were part of the transition or served in the early part of the administration", the report said.

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