GOP senators urging Trump officials to not resign after Capitol chaos

A group of Republican senators are urging top Trump White House officials to not resign, amid concern that President TrumpDonald TrumpFranklin Graham says Trump comeback would 'be a very tough thing to do' Man suspected in wife's disappearance accused of casting her ballot for Trump Stefanik: Cheney is 'looking backwards' MORE's response to rioters at the Capitol will spark mass resignations.

Sen. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeOvernight Energy: Colonial Pipeline says it has restored full service | Biden urges people not to panic about gasoline shortages | EPA rescinds Trump-era cost-benefit rule Senate panel advances Biden's deputy Interior pick Hillicon Valley: Global cybersecurity leaders say they feel unprepared for attack | Senate Commerce Committee advances Biden's FTC nominee Lina Khan | Senate panel approves bill that would invest billions in tech MORE (R-Utah) has reached out to national security adviser Robert O’Brien and White House counsel Pat Cipollone urging them to stay on the job through Jan. 20, a source confirmed to The Hill.

The outreach by Lee and at least three other GOP senators was first reported by The Washington Post. The source confirmed that the senators are coordinating their efforts amid multiple reports that top White House and administration officials are contemplating resigning.


Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamPro-Trump lawyer Lin Wood causes headache for GOP in key S.C. race GOP governors move to cut unemployment benefits as debate rages over effects Trump critics push new direction for GOP MORE (R-S.C.) also mentioned O'Brien, Cipollone, Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven MnuchinDemocrats justified in filibustering GOP, says Schumer Yellen provides signature for paper currency Biden's name will not appear on stimulus checks, White House says MORE and White House chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsBoehner finally calls it as he sees it Stephen Miller launching group to challenge Democrats' policies through lawsuits A year with the coronavirus: How we got here MORE during a press conference on Thursday.

"To those who believe you should leave your post now to make a statement, I would urge you not," Graham said.

A spokesperson for Graham confirmed to The Hill that he had spoken with some of the individuals privately to urge them to stay in their jobs in the wake of Wednesday's riots.

Transportation Secretary Elaine ChaoElaine ChaoTop Democrat: FCC actions are a 'potential setback' to autonomous vehicles The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Tax March - US vaccine effort takes hit with Johnson & Johnson pause Gingrich on Trump-McConnell feud: GOP 'better off' focusing on Democrats MORE, who is married to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBipartisanship has become a partisan weapon Washington showing signs of normalcy after year of restrictions Former OMB pick Neera Tanden to serve as senior adviser to Biden MORE (R-Ky.), became the first Cabinet secretary to announce her resignation Thursday, though sources have told The Hill that more high-profile resignations are coming.

At least five White House officials have already announced that they are resigning, including Stephanie GrishamStephanie GrishamKayleigh McEnany joins Fox News as co-host of 'Outnumbered' Melania Trump says she was 'disappointed and disheartened' watching Capitol riots Trump resignations gaining steam MORE, the former White House communications director who was serving as the chief of staff for first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpHere's why Joe Biden polls well, but Kamala Harris does not Jill Biden a key figure in push to pitch White House plans Petition calls for Jill Biden to undo Trump-era changes to White House Rose Garden MORE. Former White House chief of staff Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyHeadhunters having hard time finding jobs for former Trump officials: report Trump holdovers are denying Social Security benefits to the hardest working Americans Mulvaney calls Trump's comments on Capitol riot 'manifestly false' MORE, who was serving as special U.S. envoy to Northern Ireland, has also resigned.


Trump has sparked fierce bipartisan backlash after rioters breached the Capitol on Wednesday, temporarily suspending the counting of the Electoral College vote. Trump has made baseless claims for weeks that the election was "rigged," and urged his supporters to gather at the Capitol.

It's not just Republicans who are urging top officials to stay on the job for roughly another two weeks in an effort to prevent further chaos between now and Inauguration Day.

Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinThe imminent crises facing Joe Biden Bipartisanship has become a partisan weapon New York, New Jersey, California face long odds in scrapping SALT  MORE (D-W.Va.) released a public statement urging administration officials to stay put.

"I urge the good men and women honorably serving at all levels of the federal government to please stay at their post for the protection of our democracy. The actions of a rogue President will not and should not reflect on you," Manchin said.

-- Updated 4:00 p.m.