Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf becomes third cabinet officer to resign since riot

by Peter Heck · Jan 12th, 2021 11:41 am

Last Updated Jan 12th, 2021 at 1:34 pm

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf announced his immediate departure on Monday in response to the violence at the Capitol building last Wednesday. Wolf's announcement makes him the third Cabinet official to resign, following Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

"[My resignation is] warranted by recent events, including the ongoing and meritless court rulings regarding the validity of my authority as Acting Secretary," Wolf wrote in a letter to Homeland Security staff. "These events and concerns increasingly serve to divert attention and resources away from the important work of the Department in this critical time of a transition of power."

After the Capitol Hill siege unfolded, Wolf was adamant in his demand that President Trump condemn the "tragic and sickening" attack.

"This is unacceptable," Wolf wrote last Thursday, the day after the event. "These violent actions are unconscionable, and I implore the President and all elected officials to strongly condemn the violence that took place yesterday. Any appearance of inciting violence by an elected official goes against who we are as Americans. Every American is guaranteed the right to peacefully protest, but once those protests become violent, we should enforce our laws and bring those responsible to justice — regardless of political motivations."

Wolf also expressed his disappointment that he would not be able to remain in his position until the Biden administration assumed power next week.


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