John Kelly was interviewed by Robert Mueller's team

John Kelly above replaced Reince Priebus as chief of staff in July 2017

Jonathan Ernst Reuters John Kelly above replaced Reince Priebus as chief of staff in July 2017

John Kelly is expected to resign as White House chief of staff in the coming days, two sources familiar with the situation unfolding in the West Wing tell CNN.

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.

Trump did not immediately name Kelly's replacement but said he planned to "in the next day or so".

We've heard it before, but this time John Kelly's really leaving-at least according to unidentified White House sources. He curbed Oval Office access, blocked certain outsiders from being able to call the White House switchboard and had broad authority over staffing.

Kelly, a decorated Marine Corps general, is widely regarded as one of the most well-respected and qualified members of the Trump administration.

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"Nick Ayers, Vice President Mike Pence's top aide and a longtime Republican political operative, is the likely replacement for Mr. Kelly, these people say". Kelly did not make an announcement about his plans, and Trump, in his remarks at the gathering, was very gracious to him, the person said.

"I'm going to be announcing at the Army-Navy game", Trump said. Kelly, who had hired Porter, initially defended him as "a man of true integrity and honor".

But in the last months, Kelly has seen his status as chief of staff diminish. They said Kelly could be out before the holidays. A flurry of media reports in April claimed that Kelly had grown increasingly frustrated with the president.

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

Developing story, check back for updates.

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