Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidMcConnell warns Democrats not to change filibuster rule Filibuster reform gains steam with Democrats The Hill's Morning Report - Trump wants executive order on policing; silent on pending bills MORE's (D-Nev.) chief of staff, David Krone, listened in on a phone call with President Obama and objected when the president accused Krone of leaking information, according to The New York Times.

Obama had called Reid to complain that Krone was leaking information about meetings, only to be surprised to find that Krone was also on the line, according to the Times.


Since then, the Times reports, the White House has banned all congressional staff from White House meetings to prevent information form being leaked to the press.

“We know that that’s because of me, and I don’t really care — that’s fine,” Krone told The Times.

Krone pointed to White House chief of staff Denis McDonoughDenis Richard McDonoughSusan Rice calls for Flynn-Kislyak transcripts to be released GOP seeks to go on offense using Flynn against Biden Tucker Carlson: Flynn case was domestic spying operation 'hidden under the pretext of national security' MORE as the one who accused him of leaking. “It was Denis,” Krone said.

The profile of Krone explores the tension between Reid's office and the White House. That tension broke into the open after Democrats' heavy losses on election night, when The Washington Post published a story that included Krone on the record blasting the White House for not helping Senate Democrats enough in the campaign.

In the Krone profile published Friday, Reid tells the Times that he did not ask Krone to air those criticisms, but also did not object. “He didn’t make it up, you know,” Reid said of Krone's comments. 

Asked about damage to his relationship to the White House, Reid said, “They should just get over it. I have a good relationship with the president. This is all staff driven. Get a life. Forget about this.”

Reid is appearing with Obama on Friday in Las Vegas to tout the president's executive action on immigration, which Reid has firmly backed. 

The White House said after the original Post story that Krone's comments do not “actually reflect the true nature of the relationship that exists between President Obama and Sen. Reid."

Krone has been a lighting rod to others, as well. 

Aides to Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerLott says lobbying firm cut ties to prevent him from taking clients Lobbying firm cuts ties to Trent Lott amid national anti-racism protests Bush, Romney won't support Trump reelection: NYT MORE (R-Ohio) told the Times that they avoid emailing Krone and that he has "burned both sides of the aisle."

“Undercutting the president’s staff at a time of transition to a new majority is pretty outrageous,” said former Obama White House chief of staff Bill Daley. “For Krone to do this and there’s no retribution? Unbelievable.”

Adding to the intrigue, Krone is married to a former close Obama aide, Alyssa Mastromonaco. Before the two married last November, the Obamas threw a party for them, but Krone skipped it to go golfing in Florida, according to the Times.

With Mastromonaco's new job at Vice in New York, there has been speculation that Krone will leave Reid's office. But Krone said Reid will not ask him to leave, and the Democratic leader expressed strong support for him.

“David is someone I can say, and it doesn’t affect my manhood at all,” Reid said, “I love David Krone.”