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 RogersFive questions about Biden withdrawal from Afghanistan Congress brings back corrupt, costly, and inequitably earmarks Biden defense budget criticized by Republicans, progressives alike 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 BidenSanders: Reinstating SALT deduction 'sends a terrible, terrible message' GOP braces for wild week with momentous vote Shining a light on COINTELPRO's dangerous legacy MORE’s victory even after the deadly riot that occurred Jan. 6 by a mob of President TrumpDonald TrumpSanders: Reinstating SALT deduction 'sends a terrible, terrible message' GOP braces for wild week with momentous vote One quick asylum fix: How Garland can help domestic violence survivors MORE's supporters.


“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 LoefflerGeorgia Republican secretary of state hits Loeffler as 'weak,' 'fake Trumper' Loeffler asks Georgia attorney general to investigate Raffensperger over 2020 election Former Rep. Doug Collins won't enter Georgia Senate race MORE (R-Ga.) and Mike BraunMichael BraunDemocrats accuse GOP of new lows in culture wars Trade representative says policy must protect key industries Schumer waiting for recommendation on Supreme Court expansion MORE (R-Ind.) rescinded their objections to the results. 

Loeffler had lost her Senate runoff election to Sen.-elect Raphael WarnockRaphael WarnockDemocrats cool on Crist's latest bid for Florida governor Alabama museum unveils restored Greyhound bus for Freedom Rides' 60th anniversary The Hill's Morning Report - Biden launches blitz for jobs plan with 'thank you, Georgia' MORE (D-Ga.) just one day before the riot took place. 


“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 WilsonStand and deliver — President Biden's maiden address to Congress Lawmakers want Biden to pressure Saudi Arabia to end Yemen blockade Biden faces deadline pressure on Iran deal MORE (R-S.C.), Dan Bishop (R-N.C.), Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.), Doug LambornDouglas (Doug) LambornThe Navy's reading program undermines America's security GAO to review decision to move Space Command to Alabama Colorado presses Biden to reverse Trump Space Command move MORE (R-Colo.), Elise StefanikElise Marie StefanikGOP braces for wild week with momentous vote GOP divided over expected Cheney ouster McCarthy says he supports Stefanik for House GOP conference chair MORE (R-N.Y.), Jack Bergman (R-Mich.), Rob WittmanRobert (Rob) Joseph WittmanOvernight Defense: Iran talks set up balancing act for Biden | Pentagon on alert amid Russian saber rattling | Lawmakers urge Pentagon to be pickier about commanders' requests for more troops Battle heats up over Pentagon spending plans Marine Corps commandant says China, Russia to pose biggest challenges for years MORE (R-Va.), Vicky HartzlerVicky Jo HartzlerBiden's self-inflicted crisis Guilfoyle named as national chair of Greitens' Senate campaign in Missouri Greitens Senate bid creates headache for GOP MORE (R-Mo.), Trent KellyJohn (Trent) Trent KellyGOP leader to try to force Swalwell off panel Democratic fury with GOP explodes in House Top Republican congressional aide resigns, rips GOP lawmakers who objected to Biden win MORE (R-Miss.), Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzGOP braces for wild week with momentous vote Gaetz, Greene tout push to oust Cheney: 'Maybe we're the leaders' Rural community leaders call on Gaetz, Greene to 'stop dividing America' ahead of US tour 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 CruzCheney drama exposes GOP's Trump rifts Pollster Frank Luntz: 'I would bet on' Trump being 2024 GOP nominee Tim Scott sparks buzz in crowded field of White House hopefuls MORE (R-Texas), a leader of the Senate objection to the election results.


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.