Resignations and Dismissals
Resignations and dismissals of cabinet members and senior White House staff are not uncommon. During Obama's first six years as president, 36 high-ranking officials resigned for various reasons. The George W. Bush administration experienced 42 resignations. Nine criminal convictions of high-ranking or senior administration members followed those resignations.
Reagan's administration saw the most resignations, due largely to the Iran-Contra Affair. By the end of his two terms, 138 White House officials had been convicted, indicted, or had been the subject of official investigations for official misconduct and/or criminal violations following their resignations, including his press secretary and chief of staff.
Trump's presidency has been marked by swift resignations and withdrawals from consideration. National Security Adviser Michael Flynn resigned amid scandal. Trump's nominee for Labor Secretary, Andrew Puzder, stepped aside amid controversies over unpaid taxes and other issues. Trump's campaign manager Paul Manafort stepped down after ties between him and Russia were revealed during the campaign. Manafort himself was only appointed the campaign manager after the previous one, Corey Lewandowski, resigned after physically abusing a journalist, among other things. Another staffer, adviser Michael Caputo, was fired after mocking Lewandowski for being fired. And Trump's North Carolina state campaign director resigned after being accused of pointing a loaded gun at staffers.
|2017.02.13||Michael Flynn resigns as National Security Adviser. nytimes.com |
After less than a month on the job, he said he had given “incomplete information” about a telephone call with the Russian ambassador before President Trump’s inauguration.
|2017.02.15||Andrew Puzder withdraws from consideration as Labor Secretary. nytimes.com|
|2017.02.15||Andrew Puzder withdraws from consideration for Labor Secretary after Republicans join Democrats in opposing his nomination. theguardian.com (See also Andrew Puzder, First 100 Days, Department of Labor)|
|2017.02.16||Retired Navy vice-admiral Robert Harward, Trump's choice to replace Michael Flynn as National Security Adviser, says no. npr.org (See also Robert Harward)|
|2017.02.16||Six White House staffers are dismissed after failing FBI background checks. politico.com|
|2017.02.22||Chief digital officer and director of scheduling step down from positions after being unable to pass FBI background check required for White House staffers whose positions include national security. politico.com (See also First 100 Days)|
|2017.11.02||Sam Clovis, an early backer backer of President Donald Trump caught up in the special counsel’s Russia investigation, has withdrawn his nomination to be a top official in the Agriculture Department. bloomberg.com (See also Trump Cabinet, Department of Agriculture, Russian Meddling in Election, Assaults on Government)|
It should be noted that Mr. Clovis had no scientific background.
|2017.12.08||Deputy national security adviser Dina Powell plans to leave the White House as part of an anticipated wave of departures following President Trump’s first year in office. washingtonpost.com (See also Foreign Policy, H.R. McMaster, Rex Tillerson)|
|2017.12.13||Omarosa Manigault-Newman, the former reality TV star turned political aide to Donald Trump, has resigned from her administration position. buzzfeed.com (See also Black Americans)|