Former Trump Chief of Staff John Kelly Secretly Listened to All His Phone Calls, Jared Kushner’s Book Says

Donald Trump, John Kelly, Jared Kushner

Then-President Donald Trump with John Kelly (right) and Jared Kushner (left) at the start of the Trump administration in January 2017.Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

  • Former White House chief of staff John Kelly listened to Trump’s calls, a new book says.

  • Jared Kushner writes in the book that Trump was angry when he found out.

  • Trump has signed an injunction to prevent future wiretapping, Kushner says.

Former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly secretly listened in on calls from former President Donald Trump, according to a new book by Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner.

According to excerpts from the book reported by The New York PostTrump only found out that Kelly was tapping his phone calls just before Kelly left the administration.

Per The Post, Kushner wrote in “Breaking History” that the wiretapping was discussed on Dec. 28, 2018 with Mick Mulvaney, who was then lining up to replace Kelly.

“Before we left, Mulvaney and I met with the president to discuss his upcoming schedule. Then Mulvaney handed Trump a document to sign,” Kushner said.

Mulvaney told Trump, according to the book, that “this will end the practice Kelly started listening to all your phone calls.”

Mulvaney “explain[ed] that Kelly had given herself the opportunity to covertly listen to the president’s calls,” Kushner said.

Kushner wrote that Trump was furious to learn that his phone calls had been tapped.

“‘What did Kelly do?’ asked the president, stunned at the invasion of privacy,” Kushner wrote.

Trump concluded, “End that immediately,” according to the book.

When Kelly was hired in 2017, analysts said he would try to discipline the chaos of the Trump administration.

According to reports at the timehe was one of the senior government officials who saw it as his job to direct Trump and prevent him from acting impulsively.

Kelly and Kushner had a troubled relationship when they worked together at the White House, with Kelly in March 2018 lowering Kushner’s security clearance, effectively barring him from important meetings.

During the final months of Kelly’s time in the White House, his relationship with Trump deteriorated and they barely spoke. reports said.

Other parts of Kushner’s book are also devoted to criticizing Kelly, including raising the accusation that Kelly once pushed his wife, Ivanka Trump.

In an email to The Washington Post, Kelly rejected that claim.

“It’s unimaginable that I would EVER push a woman. Unbelievable. Never happening,” Kelly wrote. Insider was unable to contact Kelly for comment on the wiretapping claim.

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