WASHINGTON — Division of Homeland Safety appearing Secretary Chad Wolf is resigning within the wake of the lethal US Capitol siege, The Put up has discovered.
Wolf despatched a letter to his colleagues on the division on Monday afternoon asserting his resolution.
“I’m saddened to take this step, because it was my intention to serve the Division till the top of this Administration,” he wrote.
“Sadly, this motion is warranted by latest occasions, together with the continuing and meritless court docket rulings concerning the validity of my authority as Appearing Secretary,” he wrote.
“These occasions and issues more and more serve to divert consideration and assets away from the essential work of the Division on this important time of a transition of energy,” he wrote.
Wolf mentioned FEMA administrator Pete Gaynor would step in as appearing secretary.
Wolf made a uncommon break with President Trump final week when he requested the commander in chief to condemn the chaos on the Capitol.
A number of hours later, the White Home introduced the withdrawal of Wolf’s nomination to fill the DHS submit full-time — however claimed the transfer was unrelated.
Wolf is the third member of Trump’s cupboard to resign within the wake of the DC protests which killed 5 individuals, following Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and Training Secretary Betsy DeVos who additionally headed for the exits in protest.
The DHS chief was abroad when his division was a part of the efforts to clear pro-Trump rioters from the Capitol.
“What transpired yesterday was tragic and sickening,” Wolf mentioned in a press release on Thursday morning, blasting any “elected official” who may incite such mayhem.
“Whereas I’ve persistently condemned political violence on either side of the aisle, particularly violence directed at regulation enforcement, we now see some supporters of the President utilizing violence as a method to attain political ends. That is unacceptable.”
The 45-year-old Trump official had beforehand mentioned he would stay in his place to make sure “an orderly transition to President-elect Biden’s DHS staff.”