An aide to President-elect Donald Trump who was named incoming White House communications director has decided to not take the job amidst an alleged cheating scandal.
Jason Miller confirmed to The Hill on Dec. 24 that he was turning down the job to spend more time with his family.
“After spending this week with my family, the most amount of time I have been able to spend with them since March 2015, it is clear they need to be my top priority right now and this is not the right time to start a new job as demanding as White House Communications Director,” Miller said in a statement. “My wife and I are also excited about the arrival of our second daughter in January, and I need to put them in front of my career."
But Miller may actually have resigned from the position because of claims he had an affair with another transition official, according to three Politico sources close to the Trump transition team.
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At around the same time Miller said he would not take the communications director position, campaign surrogate and transition aide A.J. Delgado, an attorney and conservative commentator, wrote tweets that suggested he had committed adultery.
Delgado sent a tweet that congratulated “the baby-daddy” on his promotion, and then wrote: “The 2016 version of John Edwards.”
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Edwards, a former North Carolina Democratic senator and presidential candidate, had an affair with campaign worker Rielle Hunter, who later became pregnant.
Delgado also called for Miller to resign via Twitter before deactivating her account once he announced he would not be part of Trump’s administration, Politico reports.
“When you try to put a brave face and tweet about nonsense to distract, your feed looks like [Jason Miller],” Delgado tweeted on Dec. 24 before Miller’s announcement.
“When people need to resign graciously and refuse to, it's a bit ... spooky,” she wrote in a subsequent tweet.
Delgado was asked on Twitter to whom she was referring and she replied: “Jason Miller. Who needed to resign...yesterday.”
Politico received an anonymous email about the alleged affair, and Miller reportedly disclosed details of the relationship to senior officials in emails, according to those close to the transition team.
One source said the affair became known to people involved in the Trump campaign and transition for “a number of months.”
Delgado and Miller were seen together at a Las Vegas, Nevada, strip club in October. He reportedly offered to resign after that incident, but it was rejected, The New York Times reports.
Miller will remain on Trump’s transition team and Sean Spicer, who was set to be the administration’s press secretary, will take over his responsibilities as communications director once the President-elect is sworn in to office.
"I look forward to continuing to support the President-elect from the outside after my work on the transition concludes,” Miller said.