"I can’t do it. I can’t stay," said one former staffer.
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.
A few Cabinet members, like Secretary of Education Besty DeVos, have opted to resign instead.
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.)
[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.
Mick Mulvaney, the president's former acting chief of staff, resigned. He was serving as special envoy to Northern Ireland.
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.
Grisham was joined by another member of Melania Trump's staff, Social Secretary Rickie Niceta, who also resigned.