Published: Sat, December 08, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

John Kelly Was Questioned By Mueller Team About Obstruction

John Kelly Was Questioned By Mueller Team About Obstruction

As CNN noted, the fact of Kelly's late entry to the White House - he joined in July 2017 - shows the expansive nature of the investigation.

USA officials say President Donald Trump will nominate the Army chief of staff, Gen. Mark Milley, as his next top military adviser.

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

Kelly was not at work on Friday morning, though an ally said he was simply taking a day off and would be at the White House for a holiday staff dinner on Friday night.

Kelly "responded to a narrow set of questions" in recent months related to potential obstruction of justice, the TV network said, citing three sources. Bolton had criticized Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen during an Oval Office discussion about the border, and Kelly stormed out of the West Wing after their profanity-laced argument spilled over into the hallways.

"Sure, Trump says he wants him gone, and Kelly swears and leaves and says he's not coming back".

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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.

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

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

Most of Mueller's other interviewees were part of the Trump election campaign or presidential transition. But the two men are generational peers, have a measure of respect for one another, and they have bonded over their shared ideology, especially on immigration issues, and their mutual grievances toward the media and political establishment. But he has a number of detractors who have been trying to convince the president he'd be a disaster.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert has been nominated as the next USA ambassador to the United Nations.

"She's very talented, very smart, very quick, and I think she's going to be respected by all", Trump said.

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