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Mick Mulvaney, former White House chief of staff and current special envoy to Northern Ireland, has announced he is stepping down.
“I called [Secretary of State] Mike Pompeo last night to let him know I was resigning from that. I can’t do it. I can’t stay,” Mick Mulvaney told CNBC in an interview on Thursday.
“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.
His resignations follow those of several White House staffers, including Stephanie Grisham, first lady Melania Trump’s chief of staff, and deputy press secretary Sarah Matthews.
White House Social Secretary Rickie Niceta and deputy National Security Adviser Matt Pottinger also reportedly stepped down on Wednesday.
Mobs of Trump supporters overran the US Capitol on Wednesday as a joint-session of Congress took up certification of the Electoral College that gave President-elect Joe Biden the necessary votes to win the presidency.
A number of Republican senators and House members challenged the results.
Following several hours of interruption because of the assault on the Capitol, Congress reconvened and certified the results early Thursday morning.
Shortly after, Trump also released a statement through his communications adviser Dan Scavino that he is committed to an “orderly transition” on Jan. 20.
“Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20th,” the statement said.
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