White House Chief of Staff William Daley is stepping down from his post and will be replaced by Budget Director Jack Lew, NPR’s Scott Horsley has confirmed.
The news, first reported by the Los Angeles Times and quickly followed by other news outlets, puts “a veteran staffer of the White House, Capitol Hill and State Department in a critical position at a difficult time for the president” — a reelection year — as the Times says.
Daley reportedly submitted his resignation last week.
President Obama is scheduled to make a statement at 3 p.m. ET, and its expected he’ll announce the news then. We’ll have more as the story develops.
Update at 2:52 p.m. ET. Daley ‘Never Appeared Comfortable':
In its first pass on the story, The Washington Post reports that the table was set for this resignation when reports surfaced last year that Daley had given senior advisor Pete Rouse control of day-to-day operations.
The Post also adds detail on one particular incident:
“…Daley never appeared comfortable in the job, drawing criticism during the White House’s fight with Congressional Republicans during the debt ceiling negotiations last summer. In one embarrassing rebuke, Obama requested to speak to a rare joint session of Congress in September only to be rejected by House Speaker John A. Boehner, who invited him instead to come a day later. The White House claimed that Daley had secured Boehner’s agreement to the original date ahead of time, but the speaker’s office denied that an agreement was in place.”