Publicado: Sáb, Diciembre 08, 2018
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

Mueller’s team grilled John Kelly about possible Trump obstruction

Mueller’s team grilled John Kelly about possible Trump obstruction

White House chief of staff John Kelly was interviewed in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation about obstruction of justice concerns during the summer of this year, according to a CNN report released today.

Sources told CNN that Kelly and U.S. President Donald Trump have stopped speaking and that Kelly will resign "in the coming days". Kelly did not make an announcement about his plans, and Trump, in his remarks at the gathering, was very gracious to him, the person said.

Nick Ayers, who is now chief of staff for Vice President Mike Pence, is the front-runner to replace Kelly, according to Axios and ABC News.

CNN reported last month that Trump was considering potential replacements for several senior positions in his administration as part of a post-midterms staff shakeup.

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Ayers is considered one of the best political strategists in Mr. Trump's circle, and advocates say he could provide crucial help to the White House, as previous chiefs of staff have, in meshing with and reinforcing the re-election campaign messaging, strategy, presidential travel and fundraising.

Trump and Kelly have privately argued at times and complained about each other to confidants, sometimes in colorful language. And he had early successes, including ending an open-door Oval Office policy that had been compared to New York's Grand Central Station and instituting a more rigorous policy process to try to prevent staffers from going directly to Trump. Weeks after taking over for Priebus, his predecessor who was unceremoniously fired over Twitter while he sat on a rainy tarmac, Kelly was faced with Trump's controversial response to the racially charged protests in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The interview took place in recent months, the news network said, attributing the information to three people with knowledge of the matter.

At times, Kelly was the source of his own downfall. Kelly's highly criticized handling of the Porter controversy was an inflection point in his tenure, and some of his internal relationships became strained in the months that followed the former staff secretary's ouster.

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