Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
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Donald Trump fires personal assistant Johnny McEntee amid 'financial crimes' investigation

Donald Trump fires personal assistant Johnny McEntee amid 'financial crimes' investigation

Although Donald Trump rose to reality-show infamy by firing people on The Apprentice, the trend has become an embarrassing one. This was followed by news that Steve Goldstein, Tillerson's deputy, was also fired.

Former UConn quarterback Johnny McEntee's time in the White House is over.

The top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, asked the White House on Tuesday for more details and documentson the administration's process for vetting McEntee and others.

It's impossible to speculate what kind of potential financial crimes jettisoned McEntee from the White House, but they must be pretty serious if the Department of Homeland Security is running point on the investigation.

The firing of McEntee was apparently so sudden that he didn't get a chance to get his belongings before he was removed from the premises.

McEntee was escorted from the White House on Monday, three sources with knowledge of the matter told CNN. That means Kushner, whose portfolio includes the solving the Middle East peace process, no longer has regular access to the nation's most closely guarded secrets as the Federal Bureau of Investigation continues its almost 15-month review of his application for permanent clearance.

McEntee, according to the WSJ report, was one of the closest figures to Trump on a daily basis.

"We don't comment on personnel issues", White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters. "The White House's ongoing obstruction of congressional oversight appears to be an attempt to hide from the American people pervasive and widespread dysfunction inside the White House, which directly threatens our nation's security".

Raffel announced his resignation as senior communications officer in late February. Ivanka Trump, his daughter, and her husband, Jared Kushner, have offices near Mr. Trump but play different roles.

McEntee didn't stay unemployed for long as he was immediately hired by Brad Parscale as part of Trump's 2020 re-election campaign.

On Tuesday, Trump's 2020 campaign announced that McEntee will join the effort as a senior advisor.

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