John Kelly to Resign ‘In Coming Days’ - Staff Shakeup Likely

John Kelly

John Kelly

Some lower-level White House staffers believed Kelly had lied to them about when he knew of the allegations and when he made clear to Porter that he'd have to leave.

Still, both are said to be ready for Kelly to move on.

The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that Trump seemed to be directing calls away from Kelly and toward Nick Ayers-Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff-who has always been rumored as Kelly's eventual replacement.

Compounding the rumors were reports surrounding Kelly taking the day off on Friday, as the president traveled to Missouri. Kelly is reportedly on his way out.

Kelly has seen his status as chief of staff diminished in recent months, with the President circumventing numerous policies and protocols the retired Marine Corps general put in place when he entered the West Wing previous year. Potential replacements include Nick Ayers, Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff, who is still seen as a leading contender.

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"Now is the best opportunity to be laser-focused on further building out the political infrastructure that will support victory for President Trump and the GOP in 2020", campaign manager Brad Parscale said in a statement. He curbed Oval Office access, blocked certain outsiders from being able to call the White House switchboard and had broad authority over staffing. "Trump's chief of staff is Trump and always will be".

Developing story, check back for updates. Kelly's highly criticized handling of the Porter controversy was an inflection point in his tenure, and some of his internal relationships became strained in the months that followed the former staff secretary's ouster.

News of the latest staffing changes come as the president named William Barr as his new Attorney General.

Barr is likely to face tough questions at his confirmation hearing about how he will handle the ongoing special counsel investigation into possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation to influence the 2016 presidential election.

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