President Donald Trump's personal assistant John McEntee was abruptly escorted out of the White House on Monday night - and now a new report from CNN claims that he was ousted due to an investigation into what may be "serious financial crimes".
His swift departure comes amid a series of security clearance issues in the White House.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the ouster of McEntee happened so quickly that someone had to go back into the White House and grab McEntee's jacket for him after he was removed from the grounds.
Even though there are clear security issues with McEntee, that didn't stop him immediately joining the Trump re-election campaign, along with former Trump campaign spokesperson Katrina Pierson. There were issues with his background clearance, according to the sources.
He discovered "at least 35 officials" who "inappropriately" received top secret clearance.
John McEntee was sacked because he is being investigated by the Department of Homeland Security for serious financial crimes, CNN noted. He nominated CIA Director Mike Pompeo to take over the role.
McEntee is the latest original Trump campaign aide to depart the White House; he follows Communications Director Hope Hicks, who resigned recently. McEntee was one of Trump's longest serving aides who has been serving with Trump since the early days of the campaign. His responsibilities consisted of having markers for Trump to sign autographs, delivering messages to the residence and ensuring the clocks in the White House residence were adjusted for daylight-savings.
An official told WSJ that his firing is "not going to be great for morale". A star high school quarterback, he worked at Fox News as part of their social media team before quitting to volunteer with the Trump campaign.
"We need the help of proven leaders such as Katrina and John to promote the President's growing portfolio of achievements across the country", campaign manager Brad Parscale said in a statement.