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White House departures: speculation mounts over future of top Trump staffers – live

John Kelly, the chief of staff, and Kirstjen Nielsen, the homeland security secretary, are potentially on the chopping blockSign up for the Guardian’s new US morning briefing
6.05pm GMT The announcement yesterday that West Virginia state senator Richard Ojeda would mount a quixotic presidential campaign is an indication of another trend among Democrats---that many of their biggest stars in the 2018 election were losing candidates.Hanna Trudo at National Journal notes the interesting path forward for candidates who gained national attention but failed to receive enough votes at the ballot box. 5.51pm GMT Democrats are vowing to scrutinize Trump’s appointment of Matt Whitaker as acting attorney general once they formally take the majority in January. However, Republicans are far less concerned about Whitaker and comments that he made about the Mueller investigation prior to joining the justice department last year.Q: Do you have any concerns about the comments that Whitaker has made about the Mueller probe?

GRASSLEY: “As long as he made them as a private citizen, no.” Continue reading...

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