White House exits: Trump's Homeland Security boss quits

Clay Curtis
January 12, 2021

An internal Federal Bureau of Investigation document warned of the possibility that armed Trump supporters could hold protests in all 50 states between the coming weekend and January 20, according to USA media.

Alphabet Inc.'s Google and Microsoft Corp. are among the more than 960 organizations and individuals that have donated more than $200 for President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, according to a list released by the committee organizing the event.

Trump had said he liked the "flexibility" of having senior officials in an acting status despite criticism that it keeps people from long-term planning that would give an agency more stability.

The National Park Service announced Monday that it is closing the Washington Monument through January 24 in response to "credible threats" stemming from the deadly riot at the Capitol.

Blaming "recent events, including the ongoing and meritless court rulings regarding the validity of my authority as Acting Secretary", Chad Wolf resigned Monday from the Department of Homeland Security.

Meanwhile, the president-elect is hoping the event will help bring a fractured country back together.

Trump appointed Wolf acting secretary in November 2019, following the resignation of Kevin McAleenan, the acting secretary who took over following the resignation of Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.

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The violent assault on the US Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump has raised security concerns about the coming inauguration of Presdent-elect Joe Biden.

Afterwards, he and three former United States presidents - Trump won't attend - will travel to Arlington National Cemetery, where thousands of United States military war dead for veterans are buried, to lay a wreath.

Prior to his resignation, Wolf ordered on Monday that the National Special Security Event operations for the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden begin on January 13 instead of Jan.19.

Former first ladies Michelle Obama, Laura Bush and Hillary Rodham Clinton also will attend the ceremony at Arlington.

Wolf's departure followed the abrupt resignation of other Cabinet officials angered by Trump's role in encouraging the mob to storm the Capitol on January 6 over his false claims of election fraud.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer is exploring immediately convening the Senate for President Donald Trump's impeachment trial as soon as the House votes and sends the article of impeachment to the chamber.

In Olympia, Wash., members of the National Guard defended security fencing outside of the capitol building as the 2021 legislative session got underway. Last Wednesday, hours after the siege in Washington, D.C., people broke a gate outside the governor's mansion in the state of Washington and made it to the porch and front yard.

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