In the past 48 hours, six senior officials within the executive branch have resigned.
News of White House staff secretary Rob Porter’s resignation amid uncovered allegations of domestic abuse have dominated headlines for nearly three days, but on Friday, two officials — one also in the White House, the other in the Justice Department— roiled Washington as well.
Friday evening, the New York Times reported that Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand, the number two official in the Russia investigation, was resigning along with her assistant. That news was followed almost immediately by reports that White House deputy chief of staff John Carroll also resigned after Politico reported Thursday that chief of staff John Kelly was dissatisfied with his performance. Carroll, CNN reported, is leaving the West Wing to lead the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
A few hours after Carroll’s departure, The Washington Post reported that White House speechwriter David Sorenson had also left the administration after his ex-wife accused him of domestic abuse, making him the second Trump staffer accused of violence against women this week.
Yesterday, two high ranking officials within the Justice Department also resigned: the FBI’s public affairs assistant director Mike Kortan and the DOJ’s counterintelligence and export control chief David Laufman.
Though the White House denied the claim, ABC News also reported Friday that Kelly told President Donald Trump he was willing to resign amid his role in the Porter scandal.
UPDATE: An earlier edition of this article listed five executive branch officials who’d left the administration prior to the Post’s reporting on Sorenson’s resignation.