Man Who Delivered Comey Letter Leaving the White House

Keith Schiller is leaving the White House after nearly 20 years with Trump
By Josh Rosenblatt,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 2, 2017 8:20 AM CDT
Report: Man Trump Sent to Fire Comey Is Quitting
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The man Donald Trump sent to hand-deliver the infamous letter firing then-FBI Director James Comey in May is planning to leave the president's side after nearly 20 years of service. Bloomberg reports that Keith Schiller, the director of Oval Office operations, has told numerous people that he plans to leave the White House at the end of September or the beginning of October. Schiller, a former NYPD detective who began working for Trump in 1999 as a part-time bodyguard, is leaving to take a higher-paying job. Schiller currently makes $165,000, down from the $294,000 he made last year from his work with the Trump Organization, the Trump presidential campaign, and his private security firm, KS Global Group.

On May 9, Trump sent Schiller to FBI headquarters to deliver the letter firing Comey, an incident that prompted Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to appoint former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to oversee the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. At the time, CNN reported that a former White House aide called Schiller, who became Trump's head of security in 2005, the "most underestimated person on Trump's team." If Schiller does leave, only two former Trump Organization employees will remain in the White House, Communications Director Hope Hick and Social Media Director Dan Scavino, CNN reports. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says reports of Schiller leaving are "not true." (More keith schiller stories.)

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