DeStefano (second from right) walks to Marine One in February 2018 with Trump aide Dan Scavino, then-White House chief of staff John Kelly, and National Security Council chief of staff Keith Kellogg. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

John DeStefano, a top aide to President Trump for the past two and a half years, is finishing up at the White House this week, per sources with direct knowledge. DeStefano officially resigned to the president yesterday, these sources said, and his last day in the office will be Friday.

Why it matters: DeStefano’s role expanded substantially during his tenure. He was originally hired to run the Office of Presidential Personnel (PPO). By the end of his tenure he was tasked with overseeing PPO, the Office of Public Liaison, the Office of Political Affairs, and Office of Intergovernmental Affairs.

What's next: Sources who have spoken to DeStefano say he will leave government and will likely go to the private sector. These sources say he has met with executives at the electronic cigarette company Juul, among other companies. He’s told friends he won’t be lobbying the administration.

  • The Washington Post’s Josh Dawsey was the first to report the news of his departure. 

DeStefano has a long background in Republican politics. He worked for former House Speaker John Boehner after working for the House Republican Conference and the National Republican Congressional Committee, the campaign organization for House Republicans. 

  • He also ran The Data Trust, which became the preferred outside data firm of the Republican Party.

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Two officers shot in Louisville amid Breonna Taylor protests

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Louisville Metro Police Department said two officers were shot downtown in the Kentucky city late Wednesday, just hours after a grand jury announced an indictment in the Breonna Taylor case.

Driving the news: Metrosafe, the city's emergency services, said it received reports of a shooting at South Brook St. and Broadway Ave., near the area where protests were taking place. A police spokesperson told a press briefing the injuries of both officers were not life-threatening. One officer was "alert and stable" and the other was undergoing surgery, he said.

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Biden: Breonna Taylor indictment "does not answer" call for justice

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Former Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday condemned the grand jury indictment of a Louisville police officer who entered Breonna Taylor's home in March in a botched drug raid that led to her death, saying in a statement the decision "does not answer" for equal justice.

The big picture: Biden called for reforms to address police use of force and no-knock warrants, while demanding a ban on chokeholds. He added that people "have a right to peacefully protest, but violence is never acceptable."

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