Information revealed in James Comey’s soon-to-be-released memoir could create an uncomfortable work environment for White House chief of staff John Kelly.
According to The Daily Beast, Comey writes that Kelly called him, just moments after he learned that he had been fired, saying that he “intended to quit” in protest of the president’s action. At the time, Kelly was serving as the secretary of Homeland Security.
CNN reported last year that Comey, who learned that he had been fired when he saw the news on television, took a phone call from Kelly while he was on his way back to Washington from Los Angeles. Comey reportedly advised Kelly not to resign at the time.
But Comey’s book doesn’t just confirm that the phone call took place — it adds details that could threaten Kelly’s working relationship with President Trump. Kelly, Comey writes, was “sick” over the way his firing was handled and referred to the president as “dishonorable.”
Recent reports have suggested that Kelly is losing favor within the White House, but Trump has given no indication thus far that he intends to part ways with his chief of staff any time soon.