Multiple White House and administration aides resigned on Wednesday after rioters stormed the Capitol building following President Donald Trump’s speech falsely claiming election rigging, CNN reports.
Mick Mulvaney, a special envoy to Northern Ireland and the former White House chief of staff, said he resigned Wednesday.
"I called Mike Pompeo last night to let him know I was resigning from that. I can't do it. I can't stay," he told CNBC.
"Those who choose to stay, and I have talked with some of them, are choosing to stay because they're worried the President might put someone worse in," Mulvaney said.
“We didn’t sign up for what you saw last night,” Mulvaney said. “We signed up for making America great again, we signed up for lower taxes and less regulation. The president has a long list of successes that we can be proud of. But all of that went away yesterday, and I think you’re right to ask the question as to ‘how did it happen?’”
Deputy National Security adviser, ex-press secretary leaves:
Matt Pottinger, Trump’s deputy national security adviser, also resigned Wednesday.
His resignation came shortly after Stephanie Grisham, the chief of staff to Melania Trump and the former White House communications director and press secretary, left her post as well.
Others joining the administration exodus include John Costello, the Commerce Department's deputy assistant secretary for intelligence and security, Ryan Tully, the senior director for European and Russian Affairs on the National Security Council, and Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Matthews.
"As someone who worked on the halls of Congress, I was deeply disturbed by what I saw today," Matthews said in a statement. "I'll be stepping down from my role, effective immediately. Our nation needs a peaceful transfer of power."
National security adviser, transportation secretary mull moves:
Other members of the administration considering stepping down include national security adviser Robert O’Brien and Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, who is married to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, NBC News reports.
"Never did anyone think it would turn out like this," a longtime White House aide told the outlet. "The blame for this lies squarely with the president. And whatever support he has among members has vanished. As wild as it sounds, he could be impeached in the final days."
Update: Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao resigned shortly after the publication of this piece.