John Kelly was interviewed by Robert Mueller's team

Pence aide out of running to be Trump's next chief of staff

Pence aide out of running to be Trump's next chief of staff

Donald Trump said John Kelly's replacement will be announced over the next day or two. Former White House Counsel Don McGahn was likewise forced out of his job after it was reported that he had cooperated extensively in Mueller's probe.

However its important to note the president had nothing but praise for his chief of staff, during a private White House event held Friday night, and that none of the rumors have been confirmed.

Trump has long admired Kelly for his military valor, but his lack of political experience and interest in campaign strategy has made him an imperfect fit leading the staff of a president who lives and breathes politics.

'He's a great guy, ' Trump said of Kelly, who has been rumored to be exiting for months. But Trump, according to several senior administration officials and people close to him, has so far been unable to bring himself to personally fire a retired four-star general. Nick Ayers, the vice president's chief of staff, is expected to be his successor. Striking that balance in the turbulent times of Trump has bedeviled both Kelly and his predecessor, Reince Priebus. The president often remarks on Kelly's lack of political skills and has told advisers in recent days that he needs a more political chief of staff for his reelection.

Developing story, check back for updates. Kelly took part in at least four Oval Office meetings with Trump on Thursday.

News of the latest staffing changes come as the president named William Barr as his new Attorney General. Investigators reportedly wanted to know about reports that Trump had attempted to fire the special prosecutor.

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