REHOBOTH BEACH, Delaware (AP) — White House Chief of Staff Ron Klein, who spent more than two years as President Joe Biden’s chief of staff, said in the next few weeks, according to people familiar with Klein’s plans. I am preparing to resign. .
Crane’s expected departure comes on the heels of the White House and Democrats’ better-than-expected results in the November elections, which included a series of bipartisan infrastructure bills and sweeping climate, health care and tax packages. was boosted by major legislative achievements in All Republicans refused.
This is unusual for an administration that has had few personnel changes in the past. In contrast to Donald Trump’s White House, none of the members of the Biden Cabinet have resigned, and staff disruptions and other crises are frequent.
A person familiar with Crane’s plans was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity to confirm developments first reported by The New York Times.
The White House did not return calls or emails seeking comment on Klein’s expected departure. Mr. Biden, who spent the weekend at his beach in Rehoboth, Delaware, was yelled at about when the Chief of Staff is expected to retire, but received no response.
Crane sent an email to White House officials on Friday, the second anniversary of Biden’s inauguration. “There’s still a lot of work to do, but looking back at those two years of his life, I’m in awe of what this team has accomplished and how you’ve done it,” the cake said. “These cakes are a small way of expressing my personal gratitude to the President, Vice President and country for your service and outstanding achievements.”
Now that Republicans have regained control of the House, the White House is preparing to move to a more defensive stance. Republican lawmakers are planning multiple investigations into the Biden administration, looking at everything from the chaotic U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan to U.S. border policy. Republicans have also pledged to investigate the president’s son, Hunter Biden.
The White House is scrambling to contain the fallout after classified documents from the Biden era were found at his home in Wilmington, Delaware, and a former lab in Washington. Attorney General Merrick Garland has appointed a special counsel to investigate the matter. Biden’s attorney said Saturday that the FBI searched the Wilmington home on Friday and found six additional documents containing classified markings and obtained some of his notes.
Among Crane’s potential successors is presidential adviser Steve Rickety. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh. Former White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Jeff Zientz. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Anita Dunn, a senior adviser to the White House.
Dunn has publicly denied interest in the chief of staff position, but will be the first woman to hold the position. Played a leading role in shaping Biden’s political and communications strategy, including the “Ultra MAGA” framing.
Zients has returned to the White House since running the COVID-19 response team in a low profile role. Former lobbyist Ricketty followed Klein and his senior adviser Bruce Reed as Biden’s final Vice Presidential Chief of Staff.
Walsh, the mayor of Boston before joining the Cabinet, was praised for his accomplishments by Biden on Friday. Former Iowa Gov. Vilsack is entering his second term as Secretary of Agriculture after a role throughout the Obama administration. He volunteered for Biden in his ill-fated 1988 presidential election in Iowa.
A longtime Democratic political operative, Klein has directed a West Wing largely free of the high-risk drama that has permeated the upper echelons of the Trump administration. Klein has been an outspoken supporter of Biden’s agenda via Twitter and has frequently interacted with reporters to defend the president’s record.
His use of social media has gotten Klain into trouble at times. In October, he was found to have violated the Hatch Act, which prohibits political activity when government officials are acting on official business, when he retweeted a message from a political group last spring. Klein said he was “wrong this time” and promised to pay more attention to his Twitter account.
The Indianapolis native has served under Biden for decades, including as chief counsel on the Senate Judiciary Committee when Biden was chairman. Crane also worked on Clinton White’s judicial nomination in his House, and Ruth Bader he helped Ginsburg’s nomination to the Supreme Court.
“I respect my predecessor, but I’m sure this is a higher priority for me.” “The fact that[the president]has made it so high is a big priority for me.”
Crane helped lead Vice President Al Gore’s legal team during the recounts of the 2000 Florida election in a race with Republican George W. Bush. Actor Kevin Spacey played Klein in HBO’s “Recount.”
He was also named during the Obama administration to lead the response to the Ebola crisis. This is the background that helped Biden his White House in dealing with his COVID-19 pandemic early in his presidency.
He is the father of three children and is married to Monica Medina, Assistant Secretary of State.
Balsamo and Miller reported from Washington.