Trump to name new Joint Chiefs chairman, sources say

Cheryl Sanders
December 8, 2018

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.

It also found that White House lawyers objected to the interview of Kelly at first, arguing that executive branch officials should be free from such obligations unless necessary.


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.

Trump confirmed his choices of William Barr to lead the Justice Department and Heather Nauert for the United Nations post as he left the White House, speaking to reporters over the din of the whirring blades of Marine One. McGahn had refused to publicly deny the reporting. Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff, Nick Ayers, is a possible contender, the source said. Kelly started holding increasingly fewer senior staff meetings - once daily occurrences were whittled down to weekly gatherings - and began to exert less control over who talks to the President.


Kelly is the latest high-ranking White House official known to have given information for Mueller's probe. In recent months, the chief of staff's power has ebbed, with administration policies and decisions being guided more by the president's gut instincts than by Kelly's processes.

Trump and Kelly have privately argued at times and complained about each other to confidants, sometimes in colorful language. He replaced Reince Priebus, who had held the job for six months. Investigators reportedly wanted to know about reports that Trump had attempted to fire the special prosecutor. Trump nominated him for a second two-year term last year.


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