Trump transition team changes described as ‘Stalinesque purge’ of Christie allies: report

Trump transition team changes described as ‘Stalinesque purge’ of Christie allies: report
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President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpThis week: House kicks off public phase of impeachment inquiry Impeachment week: Trump probe hits crucial point Judd Gregg: The big, big and bigger problem MORE has been shaking up his transition team in the days since the election and ousting those with close ties to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R).

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Former Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) is the latest member of the team to depart in what an NBC source describe as a “Stalinesque purge of people close” to Christie. The New Jersey governor was demoted after Trump's win and Vice President-elect Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceGiuliani associate says he sought to pressure Ukraine to investigate Bidens Key impeachment witnesses to know as public hearings begin Overnight Defense: Pentagon says Syrian oil revenue going to Kurdish forces | GOP chair accuses Dems of using Space Force as leverage in wall fight | Dems drop plans to seek Bolton testimony MORE took over the transition team.

Rogers's ouster highlights the recent demotion of Christie, whose loyalty has been questioned, especially when the governor didn’t defend Trump at several points during the campaign, multiple sources told NBC.

It also puts a spotlight on the amount of control Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has on the incoming administration. Kushner and Christie were reportedly feuding and those same sources told the network Kushner harbors a grudge against the governor for prosecuting his father in 2004.

Trump and Pence will be meeting at Trump Tower in New York City on Tuesday to discuss Cabinet appointments, Trump spokesman Jason Miller told Reuters.

"If the vice president-elect is getting together with the president-elect to discuss names, then I would say that it's serious, obviously," Miller said.

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is reportedly the favorite to head the State Department. 

Retired neurosurgeon and former GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson said he’s not interested in serving as secretary of Health and Human Services.

--This report was updated at 12:19 p.m.