Published: Sat, December 08, 2018

Mueller’s team grilled John Kelly about possible Trump obstruction

Mueller’s team grilled John Kelly about possible Trump obstruction

Kelly's interview is of particular note, as he was appointed by the president in the summer of 2017, while numerous other Trump-tied figures caught in the Mueller probe are being questioned about their time with Trump during the 2016 election.

John Kelly, the White House chief of staff, has been interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller's team and is expected to quit in coming days, CNN reported on Friday.

The White House at first resisted Mueller's request to question Kelly, CNN reported, a departure from an initial posture geared toward cooperation with Mueller.

Trump nominated him for a second two-year term last year. CNN, citing its sources, said their relationship was now worse than ever and that the two were not on speaking terms, but added that no decision on Kelly's possible departure was final until it was announced.

According to Axios, Kelly will be replaced by Nick Ayers, who now works as chief of staff for Vice President Mike Pence.

A separate report from ABC says a White House senior staff meeting this morning was cancelled. Trump began circumventing many of the policies and protocols he enacted, and he was on the verge of being fired or resigning numerous times.


Most of Mueller's other interviewees were part of the Trump election campaign or presidential transition.

The New York Times reported on Friday: "Mr Kelly and Mr Trump have grown tired of each other".

Kelly, a retired four-star Marine Corps general, has been the president's top aide since late July 2017.

This is is far from the first time Kelly has been rumoured to be on the brink.

Kelly's tenure working for Trump was pocked with controversies, and officials were often amazed at how he managed to survive.

The report, based on three sources, said the questions narrowly focused on President Trump's possible obstruction issues that Mueller is said to be investigating.

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