The White House has announced that deputy chief of staff Katie Walsh was leaving her position to "shore up" support with an outside conservative political group, America First Policies, which many in the administration had blamed for not providing sufficient support in the fight to pass Trumpcare, Politico reported Thursday.
Walsh is expected to serve as an adviser to both pro-Trump nonprofit, America First, and the RNC, according to Politico.
Her departure comes on the day the Trump administration is reeling from the most explosive leak yet, a report that two White House officials played a role in showing House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes intelligence reports tying the Obama administration to surveillance of his successor a year ago.
"It was abundantly clear that we didn't have air cover when it came to calls coming into lawmakers", said White House chief of staff Reince Priebus.
"She's got a track record of being able to raise money", a White House source said.
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The committee's work has been deeply, and perhaps irreparably, undermined by Nunes' apparent co-ordination with the White House. Schiff today said Nunes has yet to inform him what was the info, where he saw it, and who showed it to him.
Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn resigned in February after Trump concluded Flynn had given misleading information about contacts with Russian officials.
As White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus's senior deputy, she performed numerous duties that are traditionally the province of her boss while he played a more strategic role.
Making America Great has the financial support of one of Trump's most influential backers, Rebekah Mercer.
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