John Kelly threatened to quit last year as Homeland Security chief over the firing of FBI director James Comey, according to the ousted lawman’s new book.
Kelly called Comey within minutes of the firing and made an “emotional” offer to resign as secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, according to an excerpt from the upcoming book “A Higher Loyalty,” reported The Daily Beast.
Comey said then-DHS secretary Kelly said he was “sick” about the situation and “intended to quit” in protest, saying “he didn’t want to work for dishonorable people” — meaning President Donald Trump.
Kelly, of course, did not quit and later accepted an offer to serve as Trump’s White House chief of staff, a post he continues to serve despite reported tensions with the president.
A senior White House official disputed Comey’s account of the call, which was reported last year by CNN, saying that Kelly briefly called the ousted FBI director to wish him luck and explain that he didn’t know why he had been fired.