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 TrumpLil Wayne gets 11th hour Trump pardon Trump grants clemency to more than 100 people, including Bannon Trump expected to pardon Bannon: reports MORE's response to rioters at the Capitol will spark mass resignations.

Sen. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeRepublicans wrestle over removing Trump Lawmakers, leaders offer condolences following the death of Capitol Police officer GOP senators urging Trump officials to not resign after Capitol chaos 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 GrahamSenate presses Biden's pick for secretary of State on Iran, China, Russia and Yemen GOP senator questions constitutionality of an impeachment trial after Trump leaves office Graham pushes Schumer for vote to dismiss impeachment article MORE (R-S.C.) also mentioned O'Brien, Cipollone, Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven MnuchinTreasury imposes additional sanctions on Cuba over allegations of 'serious human rights abuse' Treasury Department sanctions inner circle of Russian agent Derkach for election interference Sanders defends push to impeach Trump: Insurrection won't be tolerated MORE and White House chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsAuthor: Meadows is history's worst White House chief of staff Agency official says Capitol riot hit close to home for former Transportation secretary Chao Republicans wrestle over removing Trump 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 ChaoFDA chief says he was 'disgusted' by Capitol riots, considered resigning McMaster: Trump running again would be 'terribly divisive' Azar in exit letter to Trump says Capitol riot could 'tarnish' legacy MORE, who is married to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump has talked to associates about forming new political party: report McConnell, Schumer fail to cut power-sharing deal amid filibuster snag McConnell keeps GOP guessing on Trump impeachment 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 GrishamMelania Trump says she was 'disappointed and disheartened' watching Capitol riots Trump resignations gaining steam GOP senators urging Trump officials to not resign after Capitol chaos MORE, the former White House communications director who was serving as the chief of staff for first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpHere's how presidents move into the White House in just hours on Inauguration Day Ashley Biden says Melania Trump has not reached out to Jill Biden CNN poll: Melania Trump leaving office as least popular first lady ever MORE. Former White House chief of staff Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyFDA chief says he was 'disgusted' by Capitol riots, considered resigning Biden consumer bureau pick could take over agency on Inauguration Day The Hill's Morning Report - An inauguration like no other 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 ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinMcConnell, Schumer fail to cut power-sharing deal amid filibuster snag Josh Hawley has a new publisher — that's good news This week: Tensions running high in Trump's final days 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.