John Kelly Expected To Resign, Not Speaking To Trump

Trump chooses new Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, against Mattis wishes

Trump chooses new Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, against Mattis wishes

Kelly answered a narrow set of questions from investigators in recent months after White House lawyers objected to Mueller's initial request to do the interview earlier this summer, the sources said.

Although Kelly was not serving as Trump's chief of staff during the time he fired former FBI Director James Comey, Mueller's team nonetheless wanted him to answer some questions about what he remembered about key events surrounding the firing. McGahn had refused to publicly deny the reporting. His absence from his office this morning is a key indicator of this - and there is a sense among White House officials that at tonight's scheduled dinner with Trump and senior White House staff Kelly will be thanked for service and the transition to Ayers.

Sources told CNN that Kelly and U.S. President Donald Trump have stopped speaking and that Kelly will resign "in the coming days". 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. "It's not his strength", Trump said. Kelly's shifting accounts caused his credibility inside the West Wing to plummet, and it never truly recovered, according to officials.

Task & Purpose contacted several officials at the Defense Department and military services, but none of them had been informed about Trump's pending announcement.

But the story line of Kelly's departure has been protracted for so many months that White House aides often now just shrug.

Trump has been advised to bring on a chief of staff better suited to and familiar with the rough and tumble of a re-election campaign.

Trump and Kelly have privately argued at times and complained about each other to confidants, sometimes in colorful language.

Barr, who also worked as AG for former President George HW Bush, replaces Jeff Sessions.

"I have another one for tomorrow that I'm going to be announcing at the Army-Navy game", Trump said. Trump nominated him for a second two-year term last year.

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