The Secretary of Education of USA due to the assault on the Capitol by supporters of the outgoing president Donald Trump. She is the second member of her Cabinet to resign over this issue, according to multiple media.
DeVos announced his resignation in a letter sent to Trump on Thursday, in which held him responsible for instigating the attack that left four dead, fourteen police officers injured and dozens of detainees.
“The impact that his rhetoric had on the situation is undeniable, and for me it is the turning point,” wrote the Secretary of Education in the letter, obtained by The Wall Street Journal. “There are influential children who are seeing all this, and they are learning from us,” he added.
DeVos’ resignation, which becomes effective this Friday, is in addition to the one announced a few hours earlier by the United States Secretary of Transportation, Elaine Chao, who will leave her post next Monday.
Chao, who is married to Senate Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, said in a statement that the assault on the Capitol came “after a rally he led.” Trump, who incited his supporters to march to Congress, and was “deeply concerned.”
DeVos, for his part, regretted that the last days of the Trump administration are spent “cleaning up the mess left by violent protesters who infested the US Capitol in an attempt to undermine the tasks of the people.” “That behavior was inconceivable in our country,” added the Secretary of Education.
The two resignations make more unlikely there will be a Trump impeachment process through the mechanism contemplated in amendment 25 of the Constitution, since it would take a majority of the Cabinet and the approval of Vice President Mike Pence to activate it.
Pence is opposed to initiating that impeachment process, The New York Times reported Thursday, citing sources close to the vice president.
The Speaker of the Lower House, Democrat Nancy Pelosi, warned this Thursday that, if Pence does not immediately initiate that impeachment process, she will initiate the procedures to initiate an impeachment of Trump, which would be almost impossible to complete before he the president leaves power on January 20.
Besides Chao and DeVos, Half a dozen Trump advisers have resigned from officeThey include his deputy national security adviser, Matt Pottinger, the White House deputy spokeswoman, Sarah Matthews, and the president’s chief of staff and former spokesperson, Stephanie Grisham.
Both Chao and DeVos have spent four years in the Trump administration, since the president came to power in January 2017.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.