John Kelly interviewed by Mueller's team and expected to quit

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley listens to a question while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington before a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the Army's fiscal 2018 budget

Kelly is reportedly being honored at a special dinner this week meant to thank him and other departing staff - although CNN says that he and President Trump are no longer on speaking terms. 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.

Most of the other witnesses interviewed were connected to Trump's campaign, but Kelly didn't join the administration until after the president was sworn in in January 2017.

The rocky relationship between Trump and Kelly, 68, a retired Marine Corps general, has been widely reported.

Trump, who often likes to build drama and suspense by teasing his decisions, tells reporters at the White House Friday that he's going to be making an announcement at Saturday's Army-Navy game in Philadelphia. Nick Ayers, the vice president's chief of staff, is seen as a leading candidate.

When Kelly first replaced Reince Priebus as chief of staff last summer, he ruled with an iron fist.

The president began Friday by attacking the soon-to-be published report by special counsel Robert Mueller.

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.

Washington has been abuzz with rumours about Kelly's job status at various moments during his 16-month tenure.

Trump insisted he will have a swift and comprehensive rebuttal to Mueller's findings into collusion between his 2016 presidential election campaign and Russian Federation - even though no details of the report's contents have been leaked.

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