It's been a year of exits from the Trump White House. Another top aide is exiting in the new year.
Deputy White House Chief of Staff Rick Dearborn will be leaving the administration early next year, according to CNN. The former Jeff Session staffer is expected to pursue work in the private sector.
Dearborn's departure has been rumored for weeks. According to CNN's sources, he's been privately telling his colleagues at the White House that he'll be leaving.
Dearborn did a variety of things for the White House. He oversaw its political operation, public outreach, and legislative affairs.
According to sources, the passage of the Republican tax bill seemed to signal a good time to exit. CNN says the "White House is steeling itself for a string of departures once President Donald Trump hits the one-year mark in office." Earlier, it was reported that Dina Powell, the deputy national security adviser, is also expected to leave.
CNN says there was conflict between Dearborn and the POTUS over Sen. Luther Strange's campaign for Jeff Sessions' Alabama Senate seat.
"In the weeks leading up to the special Alabama Senate runoff, it was Dearborn who acted as a liaison between Sen. Luther Strange's campaign and Trump," said CNN.
After Moore began polling ahead of Strange, Trump reportedly consulted with Dearborn to explore Strange's chances and make a final decision on whether or not to endorse him.
"A source familiar with the conversation said the [Strange] campaign implored Dearborn for the President's full endorsement—reminding him of Strange's commitment to Trump's agenda on immigration and the budget, and arguing that a Senator Moore could be a White House nuisance. They also played up how both Trump and Strange are newcomers to politics."
President Trump eventually threw his weight behind Strange, but after Moore defeated Strange in the primary, President Trump was reportedly angry.
"Sources said he felt misled by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his political team, who encouraged him to endorse and campaign for Strange," added CNN.
It's unclear if this situation contributed to Dearborn's exit. In other news, here's a list of senators who voted for a government shutdown.