The Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Chad Wolf, will hold a confirmation hearing on September 23, 2020 at the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs in Washington, DC.
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Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf resigned on Monday, becoming the third cabinet-level official to resign after the U.S. Capitol riot after a supporter of President Donald Trump.
Transportation Secretary Zhao Xiaolan and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos resigned last week in Wednesday’s riots, which disrupted the confirmation that Biden’s Congress was elected as the next president.
Trump is now facing the possibility of a second impeachment by the House of Representatives, which is his role in encouraging his supporters to fight for the victory of eliminating Biden.
Wolff said in a letter to the staff of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that his resignation was “guaranteed by recent events, including the court’s continued ruthless ruling on whether my role as acting secretary is valid.”
Wolff wrote: “These events and concerns increasingly make people divert attention and resources to the important work of the Department of Public Information at critical moments of distraction,” Wolff’s resignation took effect before midnight.
He also said that he is “very happy” to resign because he plans to stay in office until Biden takes office next week.
Pete Gaynor, currently in charge of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, will become the acting secretary of DHS.
The White House declined to comment on the latest resignation.
Wolfe’s departure came four days after Trump withdrew his nomination to serve as secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (rather than acting director of the department).
At the time, the White House had stated that this action had nothing to do with Wolf’s comments on Trump after the riots. The rioting China Club Building policemen were killed, members of the mob were fatally shot, and three others died of medical problems.
The violence began shortly after Trump, his eldest son Donald Trump Jr., his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and other spokespersons held a rally outside the White House , They have no grounds for vote fraud to make the president re-elect for a second term.
Wolfe had urged Trump to condemn the attack, which he called “tragic and disgusting.”
“This is unacceptable. These acts of violence are unreasonable, and I implore the President and all elected officials to strongly condemn the violence that occurred yesterday,” Wolf wrote at the time in a statement.
“Any appearance of violence incited by an elected official violates us as Americans. Every American is guaranteed the right to demonstrate peacefully, but once these protests turn into violence, we have to enforce our laws and bring the perpetrators to justice. Israel-regardless of political motives,” he added.
Wolfe also wrote that the mob should be held responsible for their actions.
De Vos wrote in his resignation letter to Trump that the president’s “rhetoric” angered the mob, “This is a turning point for me.”
Zhao said in a statement that the riots had “deeply troubled” her.
Asahi said at the time: “As the president’s supporters stormed into the Capitol after a rally, our country experienced a painful and completely avoidable incident.”