Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

John Kelly was interviewed by Robert Mueller's team

Trump chooses new Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, against Mattis wishes Trump names Army Chief of Staff Mark Milley to be new Joint Chiefs chairman
Jeannette Daniel | 08 December, 2018, 08:22

Compounding the rumors were reports surrounding Kelly taking the day off on Friday, as the president traveled to Missouri.

He says: "I can give you a little hint: It will have to do with the Joint Chiefs of Staff and succession".

President Donald Trump has indicated he will make an announcement at Saturday's Army-Navy game and no one in the Pentagon seems to have the foggiest idea what he is talking about. He is also expected to host a dinner with senior White House staff, including Kelly, when he returns from Missouri on Friday night. The official requested anonymity to discuss a sensitive matter.

"Nick Ayers, Vice President Mike Pence's top aide and a longtime Republican political operative, is the likely replacement for Mr. Kelly, these people say".

Kelly is expected to be replaced with Nick Ayers, who is now chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence. Ayers, a sharp-elbowed and ambitious Georgia operative, fits the bill, advisers said.

News of the latest staffing changes come as the president named William Barr as his new Attorney General.

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In an interview on Fox News in November, Trump wouldn't commit to keeping Kelly on, saying there were "certain things that I don't like that he does". "But then he comes back", said one former senior administration official, who requested anonymity to offer a candid assessment. But the strained relationship between the president and Kelly, 68, a retired marine corps general and former homeland security secretary, has been widely chronicled. Trump has chafed at Kelly's management style and resisted some of his moves to instil discipline in the West Wing and contain chaos.

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

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

Trump often vacillated between criticizing and praising Kelly, sometimes within minutes of each other.

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly has been interviewed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller as a part of the sprawling Russian Federation investigation, despite initial objections, according to a new report from CNN.

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