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and deal­ing with the Democrats' in­ves­ti­ga­tions once they take control of the House.

The big­gest piece of the shift­ing pic­ture: chief of staff John Kelly's de­par­ture now ap­pears cer­tain.

Trump an­nounced he was pick­ing a new at­tor­ney gen­eral ( Wil­liam Barr) and a new am­bas­sador to the U. N. ( Heather Nauert), and at the same time two se­nior aides departed the White House to beef up his 2020 cam­paign.

But the largest changes were still to come.

Kelly's re­place­ment in the com­ing weeks is ex­pected to have a rip­ple ef­fect through­out the ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to nearly a dozen cur­rent and for­mer ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cials and out­side con­fi­dants, Trump is nearly ready to re­place Kelly and has even be­gun telling peo­ple to con­tact the man long viewed as his likely suc­ces­sor.

"Give Nick a call," Trump has in­structed peo­ple, re­fer­ring to Vice Pres­i­dent Mike Pence's chief of staff, Nick Ay­ers, ac­cord­ing to one per­son fa­mil­iar with the dis­cus­sions.

Like all of those in­ter­viewed, the per­son spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity.

Trump has hardly been shy about his dis­sat­is­fac­tion with the team he had cho­sen and has been weigh­ing all sorts of changes over the past sev­eral months.

Now, he is start­ing to make moves.

He an­nounced Fri­day that he'll nom­i­nate Barr, who served as at­tor­ney gen­eral un­der Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H. W. Bush, to the same role in his ad­min­is­tra­tion.

If con­firmed, Barr will fill the slot va­cated by Jeff Ses­sions, who was jet­ti­soned by Trump last month over lin­ger­ing re­sent­ment for re­cus­ing him­self from over­see­ing spe­cial coun­sel Robert Mueller's TrumpRus­sia in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Trump also an­nounced that State Depart­ment spokes­woman Nauert is his pick to re­place Nikki Haley as am­bas­sador to the United Nations, and he's ex­pected Satur­day to name Gen. Mark Mil­ley, the Army chief of staff, to be the next chair­man of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the toprank­ing mil­i­tary po­si­tion in the coun­try, ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cials said Fri­day.

Mil­ley would suc­ceed Gen. Joseph Dun­ford of the Marines, whose term as chair­man ex­pires next au­tumn.

All of this came the same day that Trump's re- elec­tion cam­paign an­nounced that two vet­er­ans of the pres­i­dent's 2016 cam­paign, White House po­lit­i­cal di­rec­tor Bill Stepien and Justin Clark, the di­rec­tor of the of­fice of pub­lic li­ai­son, were leav­ing the ad­min­is­tra­tion to work on Trump's re- elec­tion cam­paign. More on Trump's picks: • At­tor­ney gen­eral: Trump called Barr "a ter­rific man" and "one of the most Nauert Mil­ley Barr Kelly

re­spected ju­rists in the coun­try."

"Dur­ing his ten­ure, he demon­strated an un­wa­ver­ing ad­her­ence to the rule of law," Trump said of Barr, while ad­dress­ing a lawen­force­ment con­fer­ence in

Mis­souri.

Democrats will pre­sum­ably seek re­as­sur­ances dur­ing con­fir­ma­tion pro­ceed­ings that Barr, who as at­tor­ney gen­eral would be in a po­si­tion to over­see Mueller's in­ves­ti­ga­tion, would not do any­thing to in­ter­fere with the probe.

An at­tor­ney gen­eral op­posed to the in­ves­ti­ga­tion could the­o­ret­i­cally move to cut fund­ing or block cer­tain in­ves­tiga­tive steps.

Barr was at­tor­ney gen­eral be­tween 1991 and 1993, serv­ing in the Jus­tice Depart­ment at the same Mueller over­saw the depart­ment's crim­i­nal divi­sion.

Barr later worked as a cor­po­rate gen­eral coun­sel and is cur­rently of coun­sel at a prom­i­nent in­ter­na­tional law firm, Kirk­land & El­lis LLP.

Still, while in pri­vate prac­tice, Barr has oc­ca­sion­ally weighed in on hot- but­ton in­ves­tiga­tive mat­ters with con­ser­va­tive views that could prompt con­cerns among Democrats.

He was once quoted in a Wash­ing­ton Post story ex­press­ing con­cern that mem­bers of Mueller's team

had given con­tri­bu­tions to Demo­cratic can­di­dates.

But Ohio Sen. Rob Port­man pre­dicted the Se­nate will con­firm Barr, telling the Day­ton Daily News that the nom­i­nee has “a good rep­u­ta­tion as be­ing a good strong lawyer and a man­ager.”

Port­man and Barr were col­leagues in the first Bush ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Sen. Sher­rod Brown, D- Ohio, said he plans to "fully re­view Mr. Barr’s record, par­tic­u­larly when it comes to the crim­i­nal jus­tice is­sues that im­pact the lives of peo­ple across the coun­try each day."

• U. N. am­bas­sador: Nauert is likely to face ques­tions about her thin diplo­matic re­sume dur­ing an up­com­ing Se­nate con­fir­ma­tion. Nauert, a 48- year- old for­mer Fox News Chan­nel re­porter, had lit­tle for­eign pol­icy ex­pe­ri­ence be­fore tak­ing the podium as spokes­woman for the State Depart­ment.

If she gets the job, Nauert would take the post with less clout than Haley, a for­mer South Carolina gover­nor who an­nounced in Oc­to­ber that she would step down at the end of this year. Trump is down­grad­ing the am­bas­sador's po­si­tion to a sub- Cab­i­net- level post.

Be­cause of her work at the State Depart­ment, Nauert would have the ad­van­tage of al­ready know­ing the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion's po­si­tion on all ma­jor global is­sues. But with­out be­ing a mem­ber of the Cab­i­net, she wouldn't have the same in­de­pen­dence that Haley has en­joyed.

She also would ar­rive at

a time when Trump and mem­bers of his for­eign pol­icy team have all dis­played some­times open con­tempt for the United Nations and its af­fil­i­ated agen­cies.

Nauert also worked at State as the act­ing un­der­sec­re­tary for pub­lic diplo­macy and pub­lic af­fairs.

• Chair­man of Joint Chiefs: It is un­usual for a suc­ces­sor to the top mil­i­tary job to be cho­sen so early, but the pres­i­dent has long been known to have a pref­er­ence for Mil­ley, an ebul­lient of­fi­cer who is well known in the halls of the Pen­tagon and at Army bases around the world.

That pref­er­ence for Mil­ley was at odds with Trump’s de­fense sec­re­tary, Jim Mat­tis, who is be­lieved to have wanted Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Gold­fein for the job.

Mil­ley has a long mil­i­tary pedi­gree with some of the Army’s leg­endary units, like the 82nd Air­borne Divi­sion and the 10th Moun­tain Divi­sion.

He has served mul­ti­ple com­bat de­ploy­ments in Afghanistan and Iraq.

• Chief of staff: The man who may re­place Kelly, Ay­ers, is a sea­soned cam­paign vet­eran de­spite his rel­a­tive youth — he's just 36 — and has the back­ing of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kush­ner, the pres­i­dent's daugh­ter and son- in- law and se­nior ad­vis­ers, ac­cord­ing to White House of­fi­cials.

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