Acting U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolfe is resigning. He announced it Monday, Jan. 11, in a letter to department employees, Bloomberg reported.
“As of 11:59 p.m. today, I am resigning as acting secretary. I regret to take this step because I had intended to serve in the department until the end of the current administration,” he said.
For now, Pete Gaynor, head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, will take over, Wolfe said.
He also said he was resigning after “recent events,” including court orders that he was not legally appointed to the post.
According to the agency, Wolfe’s departure will make preparations for Biden’s “inauguration” very difficult, since the Department of Homeland Security plays an important role in assisting state and local authorities during the ceremony.
The Department of Homeland Security coordinates the Coast Guard, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Citizenship and Immigration Services, Drug and Illicit Weapons Control, Infrastructure and Cybersecurity.
This makes him the third minister to leave the government of incumbent U.S. President Donald Trump since last week’s storming of the Capitol. Earlier, Transportation Secretary Elaine Char and Education Secretary Betsy Devos resigned.
Also resigning amid the turmoil were Trump’s Russia and Eurasia adviser Ryan Tully and four other White House staffers. They include the first lady’s chief of staff and former White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham, deputy press secretary Sarah Matthews, and protocol secretary Ricky Niceta.
Wolfe himself has not expressed a desire to resign.
On January 7, incumbent U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew Chad Wolfe, the nominee for Homeland Security Secretary and acting head of the department to date, from the Senate.
The reasons for this decision were not given. Wolfe’s nomination for the position without the prefix “acting” was sent to the Senate on Jan. 3.
Earlier in the day, Wolfe posted on Twitter a call for Trump and senior officials to sharply condemn the events in Washington on Jan. 6, when Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, killing five people, including a police officer. He said the president’s supporters used violence as a means to political ends, an unconscionable and unacceptable act.