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Aides Asked Her to Undercut Trump to 'Save Country': Haley

Tillerson and Kelly wanted UN ambassador to join resistance, book says

(Newser) - Rex Tillerson and John Kelly were trying to save the country by undermining President Trump, Nikki Haley says, and they wanted her to help. The former UN ambassador makes the claims about Trump's former secretary of state and chief of staff in a new memoir, With All Due Respect,... More »

Trump's Genius Was Too Much for Kelly, Says White House

President disputes that chief of staff warned of impeachment as he quit

(Newser) - John Kelly did not see impeachment coming when he resigned, President Trump says: "He just wants to come back into the action like everybody else does." The president was responding to Kelly's interview with the Washington Examiner , in which he said he regretted leaving late last year... More »

House Panel OKs Subpoenas for Big Names in Trump Probe

Including Jared Kushner, Jeff Sessions

(Newser) - The House Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to authorize subpoenas for 12 people mentioned in special counsel Robert Mueller's report, including President Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the AP reports. The panel also voted to authorize subpoenas for documents and testimony related to Trump'... More »

John Kelly's Game of 'What If' Leads to a Reveal

WH's ex-chief of staff under Trump says he likely would've worked for Hillary Clinton if asked

(Newser) - John Kelly's exit interview after he left his post as White House chief of staff at the end of last year likely rankled the president in more ways than one, and his newest remarks may not please Trump, either. The Hill reports Kelly was doing a Q&A Wednesday... More »

Report: Trump Ordered Kelly to 'Fix' Kushner Security Clearance

Dems threaten to subpoena White House

(Newser) - House Democrats vowed to step up their investigation of White House security clearances amid reports that President Trump demanded a top-secret security clearance for son-in-law Jared Kushner. Sources tell the New York Times that Trump ordered former chief of staff John Kelly to grant Kushner the clearance last year despite... More »

John Kelly Joins Former DHS Chiefs in Shutdown Letter

They implore Trump and Congress to end the impasse in name of national security

(Newser) - Five former Homeland Security chiefs have written a letter to President Trump and Congress imploring them to end the government shutdown in the name of national security. One name in particular stands out, that of John Kelly, who left the Trump administration on not-so-great terms. “DHS employees who protect... More »

Trump Pushes Back After John Kelly's Surprise Interview

The idea of an 'all concrete wall' remains very much alive, he says

(Newser) - "To be honest, it's not a wall." So said outgoing Chief of Staff John Kelly in a surprise weekend interview with the Los Angeles Times that President Trump apparently doesn't agree with. For context, Kelly said that while Trump still uses the word "wall,"... More »

John Kelly Turns Heads With Surprise Exit Interview

The outgoing chief of staff has something to say

(Newser) - "To be honest, it's not a wall." That's John Kelly in an LA Times exit interview about immigration policy, Afghanistan, the legality of President Trump's orders—and whether Kelly was allowed to "go get a beer" during his "bone-crushing hard job" as chief... More »

John Kelly Won't Be Out in 2018 After All

Trump says 'great people' want the job 'badly'

(Newser) - John Kelly won't be leaving the White House in 2018 after all—but he's probably not going to need to put up a 2019 calendar in his office. White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said during a Fox appearance Tuesday that the White House chief of staff will remain... More »

President Trump: 'Stop Calling' John Kelly 'for Anything'

The chief of staff is finally departing

(Newser) - It's official: John Kelly is leaving the White House. "John Kelly will be leaving toward the end of the year," said President Trump while heading out for the Army-Navy game Saturday, USA Today reports. Rumors had been swirling after White House sources said Kelly was on his... More »

Trump May Have Found a Way to Get Rid of John Kelly

Media outlets report it's believed he'd exit the administration if Kirstjen Nielsen is fired

(Newser) - Jeff Sessions is out, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen may be next , and Chief of Staff John Kelly could round out the trio, at least according to a growing number of media outlets. NBC News cites "seven people familiar with the discussions" who say Kelly may soon exit the... More »

Report: Secret Service Had to Break Up West Wing Fight

Chief of staff John Kelly apparently had physical confrontation with Corey Lewandowski

(Newser) - Tempers flare in the current West Wing as in others, but the New York Times reports on a particularly nasty confrontation this year that required the intervention of the Secret Service. By the newspaper's account of the "near brawl," chief of staff John Kelly got physical with... More »

'Profanity-Laced' Blowout Startles West Wing Staffers

John Kelly and John Bolton have a loud disagreement about the southern border

(Newser) - There was shouting in the West Wing on Thursday, and it was even more intense than usual, sources tell CNN . The blowup—"profanity-laced," per Bloomberg — between Chief of Staff John Kelly and National Security Advisor John Bolton was related to an ongoing disagreement over how to handle... More »

Trump Fires Back at 'Discredited' Woodward

He accuses journalist of being 'Dem operative'

(Newser) - Bob Woodward might be feeling a sense of deja vu today: An angry Republican president is attacking his credibility and accusing him of being a Democratic operative. President Trump laid into Woodward in a series of tweets Tuesday night after the publication of explosive details from Fear , Woodward's new... More »

Omarosa Releases Tape of Firing by John Kelly

The ex-Trump aide claims she was threatened with damage to her reputation

(Newser) - The saga of Omarosa's departure from the White House and subsequent transformation into a Donald Trump critic continued Sunday as the former Apprentice contestant released what she claims is a secret recording of her being fired by chief of staff John Kelly. Per USA Today , Omarosa claimed on "... More »

White House: Yes, Aide Was Irritated at NATO Breakfast

But it was all about the food, says Sarah Huckabee Sanders

(Newser) - While President Trump criticized Germany as "captive to Russia" during a NATO breakfast this week, multiple news outlets pointed out that chief of staff John Kelly didn't look like he was having a great time, reports USA Today . As the Washington Post notes, Kelly pursed his lips and... More »

It's Confirmed: John Kelly's Cellphone Got Hacked

The breach led him to do almost everything 'by phone or face-to-face comms'

(Newser) - An email from John Kelly to a colleague when he was secretary of Homeland Security has confirmed that the White House chief of staff’s personal email was hacked in late 2016, reports the Daily Beast . In the June 8, 2017, email, obtained by Buzzfeed through the Freedom of Information... More »

John Kelly Denies Calling Trump an 'Idiot'

Report is 'total BS,' chief of staff says

(Newser) - White House chief of staff John Kelly is pushing back against a report that he referred to his boss as an "idiot" during an immigration-related meeting. "I spend more time with the president than anyone else and we have an incredibly candid and strong relationship. He always knows... More »

White House Responds to Trump 'Congratulations' Story

Notes that leaking president's briefing papers is a fireable offense

(Newser) - The White House has officially responded to a Washington Post report that President Trump was advised "DO NOT CONGRATULATE" in his briefing materials but congratulated Putin on his re-election win all the same , though the White House is not out with a confirmation or denial. Instead, its official statement... More »

Report: Trump Family Irked by Mocking Coverage of Kushner

As 'Washington Post' reports on 4 nations who may have targeted him as an easy mark

(Newser) - Wednesday brought the news that Jared Kushner's security clearance was downgraded from interim Top Secret/SCI-level clearance—the highest level—to the Secret level, and the Washington Post is out with a report that suggests a reason why he had been unable to secure a permanent clearance at the highest... More »

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