News has broken that John Kelly may be resigning soon:
According to CNN, the relationship between White House chief of staff John Kelly and the president has grown so icy that they don’t even talk to each other. Most likely this means that the president has stopped talking to Kelly because that’s mad petty and most likely something the president would do, and Kelly is all, “If he isn’t speaking to me then I’m not speaking to him!”
Most likely not coincidentally, news has also broken that John Kelly has been questioned by the Mueller investigation regarding obstruction of justice by Donald Trump:
White House chief of staff John Kelly was questioned as part of Robert Mueller’s obstruction of justice probe. Kelly reportedly answered a set of questions from the special counsel’s investigators recently.
CNN broke the news of the Kelly interview on Friday morning, after an earlier report that Kelly is expected to leave the White House very soon. According to reports, Trump and Kelly are no longer on speaking terms.
Kelly’s interview comes after White House lawyers initially refused to let Mueller speak with John Kelly. It’s not yet clear why they changed their minds.
There seems to be a pattern emerging within the White House. If Donald Trump finds out somebody spoke with the Mueller investigation, their days in the White House seem to be numbered.
A year ago, news broke that Hope Hicks, the White House Communications Director, spoke to the Mueller investigation:
Hicks was interviewed as part of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and any potential collusion with the Trump campaign.
Two months later, Hope Hicks resigned:
Hope Hicks, President Trump’s communications director and one of his longest-serving advisers, said Wednesday that she planned to leave the White House in the next few weeks.
Ms. Hicks, 29, a former model who joined Mr. Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign without any experience in politics, became known as one of the few aides who understood Mr. Trump’s personality and style and could challenge the president to change his views.
Her title belied the extent of her power within the West Wing — after John F. Kelly was appointed White House chief of staff, she had more access to the Oval Office than almost any other staff member. Her own office, which she inherited after the departure of another Trump confidant, Keith Schiller, was just next door.
In August of 2018, Don McGahn, White House Counsel, spoke with the Mueller investigation:
White House counsel Don McGahn, who had incredible access to President Donald Trump and some of his most controversial dealings, opened up to special counsel Robert Mueller in a series of extensive interviews.
McGahn’s cooperation with Mueller was extraordinary and curious as the investigation includes possible obstruction of justice by the president and could have been protected in part by executive privilege. Trump waived his privileges, hoping the transparency would quicken the pace of Mueller’s investigation and thus, put an end to a query that has put a cloud over his presidency.
A week later, Don McGahn resigned, or, as it appeared was the case, was fired:
President Trump surprised Donald F. McGahn II, the White House counsel, on Wednesday by abruptly announcing that Mr. McGahn will be leaving his job this fall, effectively forcing the long-anticipated exit of a top adviser who has cooperated extensively in the investigation into Russian election interference.
The president made the declaration on Twitter without first informing Mr. McGahn, according to people close to both men. It came 11 days after The New York Times reported the degree to which Mr. McGahn — who was by Mr. Trump’s side at major moments as the president sought to keep control of the Russia inquiry — has emerged as a key witness in the investigation. Over the past nine months Mr. McGahn has given 30 hours of testimony in at least three voluntary interviews.
Mr. McGahn’s departure leaves the White House without one of the few senior advisers who have been willing to push back against Mr. Trump. It also raised the prospect of further West Wing exits, particularly in the White House Counsel’s Office, where Mr. McGahn has had a loyal staff, with several people staying in their jobs out of devotion to him.
Donald Trump likes to claim that the Mueller investigation is a hoax. However, it seems that Donald Trump and/or the people in the White House who speak with the Mueller investigation, sure don’t seem to think it really is a hoax. Either they see the writing on the wall and head for the exits, or Donald Trump is so paranoid about the investigation, he doesn’t want anyone who has cooperated with the investigation to remain in the White House. Or, maybe, it’s a little bit of both.