Published: Sat, December 08, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly's departure could be imminent

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly's departure could be imminent

White House officials believed Kelly was close to resigning after he got into a heated shouting match with national security adviser John Bolton in October.

"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". But President Donald Trump is apparently treating the retired Marine general like he's already gone.

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.

Mueller's team asked Kelly - who the network earlier reported was no longer on speaking terms with Trump - about what he remembered about Trump's attempt to fire Mueller and whether the president had tried to obstruct justice. Trump has chafed at Kelly's management style and resisted some of his moves to instill discipline in the West Wing and contain chaos.

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

He announced Friday that he'll nominate William Barr, who served as attorney general under President George H.W. Bush, to the same role in his administration.

The president reportedly plans to make the announcement at Saturday's annual Army-Navy football game. He said he would nominate William Barr for attorney general and Heather Nauert for United Nations ambassador. Aides on the Senate Foreign Relations and Judiciary committees - which would take up the ambassador and attorney general nominations, respectively - said Friday that neither committee will hold confirmation hearings this year, given the limited time left before a new Senate takes over on January 3.

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