REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (TBEN) — White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain, who spent more than two years as President Joe Biden’s top aide, is preparing to quit his job in the coming weeks, according to a person familiar with the plans from Klain.
Klain’s expected departure comes not long after the White House and Democrats outperformed expectations in the November election, bolstered by a series of major legislative achievements, including a bipartisan infrastructure bill and a sweeping climate, health care and tax package that would make all Republicans turned down.
His tenure as Chief of Staff is the longest for a Democratic president in modern times.
The person familiar with Klain’s plans was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity to confirm the development, which was first reported by the New York Times.
The White House did not return calls or emails to comment on Klain’s expected departure.
Now that Republicans have regained a majority in the House, the White House is preparing to take a more defensive stance. GOP lawmakers are planning multiple investigations into the Biden administration, examining everything from the chaotic US withdrawal from Afghanistan to US border policy. Republicans promise an investigation into the president’s son, Hunter Biden.
Klain’s departure also comes as the White House struggles to contain the fallout after classified documents from Biden’s time as vice president were discovered at his home in Wilmington, Delaware, and at his former Washington institution. Attorney General Merrick Garland has appointed special counsel to investigate the case.
Balsamo and Miller reported from Washington.