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Top Republican congressional aide resigns, rips GOP lawmakers who objected to Biden win

Jason Schmid, a longtime senior GOP aide on the House Armed Services Committee, has resigned from his post, according to a letter to incoming ranking member Mike RogersMichael (Mike) Dennis RogersOvernight Defense: Trump impeached for second time | National Guard at Capitol now armed, swelling to 20K troops for inauguration | Alabama chosen for Space Command home Top Republican congressional aide resigns, rips GOP lawmakers who objected to Biden win READ: The Republicans who voted to challenge election results MORE (R-Ala.). 

The letter was first obtained by Politico Tuesday

In the letter, Schmid blasted GOP House members for supporting an objection to President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenBudowsky: A Biden-McConnell state of emergency summit DC might win US House vote if it tries Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman inks deal with IMG Models MORE’s victory even after the deadly riot that occurred Jan. 6 by a mob of President TrumpDonald TrumpSchumer: Impeachment trial will be quick, doesn't need a lot of witnesses Nurse to be tapped by Biden as acting surgeon general: report Schumer calls for Biden to declare climate emergency MORE's supporters.

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“Anyone who watched those horrible hours unfold should have been galvanized to rebuke these insurrectionists in the strongest terms,” Schmid wrote. 

“Instead, some members whom I believed to be leaders in the defense of the nation chose to put political theater ahead of the defense of the Constitution and the republic,” he added. “The decision to vote to set aside legitimate electors harmed the ability of every service member, intelligence officer, and diplomat to defend the nation and advance American interests.”

More than 120 House Republicans and six GOP senators voted to challenge the battleground state of Arizona's election results, citing unsupported claims of widespread voter fraud before the riot ensued. A group of lawmakers also voted to challenge the election results in Pennsylvania. 

However, both the House and Senate would ultimately beat back the challenge and vote to certify the results in the early hours of Jan. 7, solidifying Biden's 2020 win. Following the attacks at the Capitol, Sens. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerLimbaugh falsely says Biden didn't win legitimately while reacting to inauguration Suburbs pose challenge for GOP in post-Trump era Democrats swear in three senators to gain majority MORE (R-Ga.) and Mike BraunMichael BraunBiden signals he's willing to delay Trump trial McConnell proposes postponing impeachment trial until February The Hill's Morning Report - Biden takes office, calls for end to 'uncivil war' MORE (R-Ind.) rescinded their objections to the results. 

Loeffler had lost her Senate runoff election to Sen.-elect Raphael WarnockRaphael WarnockRepublicans plan voting overhauls after Biden's win Refreshing the tree of liberty Limbaugh falsely says Biden didn't win legitimately while reacting to inauguration MORE (D-Ga.) just one day before the riot took place. 

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“All of our words and actions in the coming weeks and days will reveal those who believe in defending the Constitution, and those who stand only for self-interest and sectarianism. There can be no reconciliation and healing without accountability,” Schmid’s letter concluded.

“While it is my hope the Committee finds a way yet again to legislate in a bipartisan way for the men and women in uniform in the 117th Congress and beyond, the failure of so many Republican members of the Committee to put the nation ahead of electoral politics compels my resignation from the staff,” he added.

Members of the committee who joined one or both objections include Rogers and Reps. Joe WilsonAddison (Joe) Graves WilsonTop Republican congressional aide resigns, rips GOP lawmakers who objected to Biden win READ: The Republicans who voted to challenge election results South Carolina governor's wife tests positive for coronavirus MORE (R-S.C.), Dan Bishop (R-N.C.), Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.), Doug LambornDouglas (Doug) LambornOvernight Defense: Trump impeached for second time | National Guard at Capitol now armed, swelling to 20K troops for inauguration | Alabama chosen for Space Command home Top Republican congressional aide resigns, rips GOP lawmakers who objected to Biden win READ: The Republicans who voted to challenge election results MORE (R-Colo.), Elise StefanikElise Marie StefanikLincoln Project hits Stefanik in new ad over support for Trump Wyoming county votes to censure Liz Cheney for Trump impeachment vote Stefanik knocks Albany newspaper over 'childless' characterization MORE (R-N.Y.), Jack Bergman (R-Mich.), Rob WittmanRobert (Rob) Joseph WittmanTop Republican congressional aide resigns, rips GOP lawmakers who objected to Biden win READ: The Republicans who voted to challenge election results House GOP rejects unanimous consent on ,000 direct payments MORE (R-Va.), Vicky HartzlerVicky Jo HartzlerJill Biden visits Capitol to thank National Guard Tim Ryan, Rosa DeLauro giving free coffee and donuts to National Guard stationed at Capitol Top Republican congressional aide resigns, rips GOP lawmakers who objected to Biden win MORE (R-Mo.), Trent KellyJohn (Trent) Trent KellyTop Republican congressional aide resigns, rips GOP lawmakers who objected to Biden win READ: The Republicans who voted to challenge election results House votes to curtail Insurrection Act powers MORE (R-Miss.), Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzTrump, allies raise pressure on Senate GOP ahead of impeachment Cheney spokesperson on Gaetz: 'In Wyoming, the men don't wear make-up' Cheney tests Trump grip on GOP post-presidency MORE (R-Fla.) and Jim Banks (R-Ind.).

Schmid, a former Army intelligence analyst who was wounded in Iraq, has worked for the House panel for over four years.

The resignation comes the same day as that of an aide to Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenate to vote Tuesday on Biden's secretary of State pick To 'lower the temperature' raise commitments to federalism Leahy, not Roberts, to preside over impeachment trial MORE (R-Texas), a leader of the Senate objection to the election results.

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The Hill has reached out to Rogers's office and the House Armed Services Committee for comment. 

A spokesperson for the panel's Republicans declined to comment to The Hill.

--Updated at 3:23 p.m.