January 17, 2021
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DeVos, Chao, Mulvaney: These Are The Trump Officials Who Have Resigned Since The Capitol Breach

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Topline

A string of officials are resigning from the Trump administration, after supporters of the president stormed the U.S. Capitol Wednesday as lawmakers attempted to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.

President Trump Departs White House For Georgia

WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 08: White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham (L) listens to U.S. … [+] President Donald Trump talk to reporters before he boards Marine One and departing the White House November 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. Trump is traveling to Atlanta, Georgia, where he plans to kick off his Black Voices for Trump Coalition, an effort to attract more African-American voters. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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Key Facts

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos resigned Thursday, calling the attack “unconscionable” and an “inflection point” in her resignation letter, and telling Trump: “There is no mistaking the impact your rhetoric had on the situation, and it is the inflection point for me.”

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, the wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, resigned Thursday, saying in a statement that Wednesday’s events left her “deeply troubled in a way that I simply cannot set aside.”

Deputy National Security Adviser Matt Pottinger resigned Wednesday afternoon, while National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien, at times one of Trump’s most vocal defenders in the administration, as well as deputy chief of staff Chris Liddell, are considering resigning, according to CNN and Bloomberg

Stephanie Grisham, First Lady Melania Trump’s chief of staff and President Trump’s former press secretary, resigned according to CNN, which reported she is “very close” with the first lady but had previously considered leaving multiple times.

Grisham was followed by White House social secretary Rickie Niceta, who resigned in reaction to the Capitol beach, according to ABC News and CBS News.

“As someone who worked in the halls of Congress I was deeply disturbed by what I saw today,” White House deputy press secretary Sarah Matthews said in a statement announcing her resignation, adding, “Our nation needs a peaceful peaceful transfer of power.”

Former White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, who subsequently served as the special envoy to Northern Ireland, told CNBC Thursday he resigned Wednesday night because “you can’t look at that yesterday and think I want to be a part of that in any way, shape or form.”

John Costello, the Commerce Department’s deputy assistant secretary for intelligence and security, the Wall Street Journal first reported, saying in a statement that Trump has “long disregarded and diminished the rule of law” and “incited” Wednesday’s “violent sedition against the U.S. Congress.”

Ryan Tully, the National Security Council’s senior director for European and Russian Affairs, resigned following the events at the Capitol, Bloomberg reports.

Tyler Goodspeed, acting chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, has resigned, telling the New York Times, “The events of yesterday made my position no longer tenable.”

Big Number

25th. That’s the amendment dozens of Democrats in Congress are calling on Vice President Mike Pence and the Cabinet to invoke, which would remove Trump from office if two-thirds voted in favor. Some Cabinet secretaries are discussing removing Trump, according to CBS News and CNN.

Tangent

Mulvaney told CNBC Thursday he had talked to several White House officials who chose not to resign from the administration, who said they were staying because “they’re concerned the president might put someone in to replace them who could make things even worse.”

What To Watch For

New York Times White House correspondent Maggie Haberman tweeted that “more resignations are expected in the next 24 hours,” citing an anonymous source close to President Trump.