Former W.H. Chief of Staff
Reince Priebus is the former Republican Party Chairman who became White House Chief of Staff. Congressional Republicans supported Trump’s choice because of Priebus’ traditional political experience and how that should serve him well in the role he would play as negotiator between the president and the party.
But Priebus had difficulty controlling the tempestuous Trump and left the White House on July 28, 2017. His departure came in the wake of the Republicans’ failed efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and one-time Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci’s rant to a reporter about his extreme dislike for Priebus.
In early September 2017, Priebus hired lawyer William Burck, who also represents White House counsel Don McGahn, to advise him in the Russia investigation. Special Counsel Robert Mueller is expected to ask Priebus what he knows about Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya in June 2016.