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The Trump Loyalists Who Are Jumping Ship Early

"I can’t do it. I can’t stay," said one former staffer.

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In the past week, after a violent Pro-Trump mob ransacked the U.S. Capitol, congressional lawmakers urged the president's Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove him from power.

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A few Cabinet members, like Secretary of Education Besty DeVos, have opted to resign instead.

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DeVos followed Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, who also submitted her resignation on Jan. 7. (The GOP loyalist is married to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.)

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[The Jan. 6 event] has troubled me in a way that I simply cannot set aside.

Secretary Elaine Chao in a Twitter statement

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Beyond the Cabinet, at least a dozen people in Trump's orbit have resigned following the Capitol attack, gaining supposed scruples after years with the president — including the following two high-profile insiders.

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Mick Mulvaney, the president's former acting chief of staff, resigned. He was serving as special envoy to Northern Ireland.

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I called [Secretary of State] Mike Pompeo last night to let him know I was resigning ... I can’t do it. I can’t stay.

Mick Mulvaney told CNBC

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Stephanie Grisham, who joined the Trump campaign in 2015, also stepped down on Jan. 6. She was serving as the first lady's chief of staff following a stint as White House press secretary.

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Grisham was joined by another member of Melania Trump's staff, Social Secretary Rickie Niceta, who also resigned.

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