The background: DeVos resigned as the second cabinet member after the violent attack on the Capitol by pro-Trump rioters. Transport Minister Elaine Chao announced her departure on Thursday.
In her resignation letter, DeVos told Trump that “the impact of your rhetoric on the violent unrest in the Capitol is undeniable”.
DeVos released the resignation letter Thursday after multiple reports that Pence did not intend to continue Trump’s removal under the 25th Amendment. Pence has not publicly commented or shared his position with leading congressmen.
The DeVos advisor declined to say whether DeVos had spoken directly to Pence or Trump about the situation. The Wall Street Journal previously reported on DeVos’ reflections on the subject.
What’s next: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Chairman Chuck Schumer have urged Pence to use the 25th amendment. Pelosi said Friday that they still hope to “hear from him as soon as possible and get a positive response on whether he and the cabinet will keep their oaths on the Constitution and the American people”.
Some Democrats who called for Trump’s immediate impeachment criticized DeVos and Chao for resigning instead of ousting Trump from office under the 25th Amendment.
House majority whip, Jim Clyburn, accused the two cabinet members of “escaping responsibility” by resigning. “If you feel this strong, stay there and wait for this meeting so you can cast two of the votes it takes to invoke the 25th Amendment,” Clyburn told CNN.
Separators: Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said on twitter that DeVos was “the worst education minister ever” and that DeVos “would rather quit than do her job to invoke the 25th Amendment”.
DeVos replied on Thursday morning: “You don’t know what you’re talking about, @ SenWarren.”
DeVos emailed Education staff on Friday morning sharing her Wednesday statement on Capitol violence and a copy of her resignation letter from Thursday evening.
“It has been a privilege to serve America’s students by your side, and I wish you all the best as you continue to support our emerging generation.” She signed the note “Continue!”