Several White House Officials Have Resigned After Massive Pro-Trump Riot
Multiple reports confirm that top Trump administration officials have resigned from their positions after a mob of Trump supporters breached the Capitol Building. More are expected to resign.
Several senior White House staff members have reportedly resigned from their positions after a mob of Trump supporters breached the U.S. Capitol Building on Wednesday, which ended with dozens of arrests and at least four dead. The resignations come less than two weeks before President-elect Joe Biden will be sworn into office.
As of Thursday, at least seven senior officials under the Trump administration have resigned, according to multiple reports.
First Lady Melania Trump’s chief of staff Stephanie Grisham was one of the first to resign and wrote in a tweet Wednesday night that “it has been an honor to serve the country in the @WhiteHouse” and that she’s “proud of the many accomplishments of this Administration.”
Also Wednesday night, multiple outlets reported that White House Deputy National Security Adviser Matt Pottinger, Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Matthews, and Social Secretary Rickie Niceta all resigned. On Thursday, Mick Mulvaney, special envoy to Northern Ireland and acting former chief of staff, told CNBC that he resigned from his position Wednesday night, adding “I can’t do it. I can’t stay.”
“We didn’t sign up for what you saw last night,” Mulvaney told CNBC. “We signed up for making America great again, we signed up for lower taxes and less regulation.”
Mulvaney also said he expects more people to resign. According to Bloomberg, Ryan Tully, the senior director for European and Russian affairs on the National Security Council, has also resigned.
Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, who is also the wife of Sen. Mitch McConnell, announced Thursday in a statement that she was resigning from her position after she said she was "deeply troubled" by Wednesday's events. Chao also said she would help her successor Mayor Pete Buttigieg with a transition.
Several leaders have called for President Trump to be impeached and removed from office immediately after his months of baseless claims of a fraudulent election incited Wednesday’s riot. At least four people died, and Washington, D.C. police reported that law enforcement recovered two pipe bombs and a cooler with Molotov cocktails in it. More than 50 people were arrested as of Wednesday night.
Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) announced late Wednesday that he and members of the House Judiciary Committee were sending a letter to Vice President Mike Pence urging him to invoke the 25th Amendment, which is used when a president is deemed unfit to serve. The letter states that Trump “is not mentally sound and is still unable to process and accept the results of the 2020 election.”
“President Trump’s willingness to incite violence and social unrest to overturn the election results by force clearly meet this standard,” the letter continued. “For the sake of democracy, we empathetically urge you to invoke the 25th Amendment and begin the process of removing President Trump from power.”
After being banned from posting to his social media platforms, Trump claimed via a tweet from social media director Dan Scavino posted overnight that there would be “orderly transition on January 20th.” Congress certified Biden’s win around 4 a.m. Thursday.