Presidential Graveyard

Notable firings, resignations and deaths since the campaign.

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  • 8/8/15 [Resigned] Roger Stone, Campaign Advisor, after being banned from CNN and MSNBC during the campaign for a series of offensive and racists tweets. (CNN)(MSNBC)(Politico) Stone admits in March 2016 that he had established a backchannel with Wikileaks to obtain information on Hillary Clinton. (HuffPo)
  • 6/20/16 [Fired] Corey Lewandowski, Campaign Chairman, fired by Trump from the campaign after Trump's children and other advisors express their disagreement with his aggressive style and with slipping poll numbers. (USAToday)
  • 8/19/16 [Resigned] Paul Manafort, Campaign Chairman, pulls out of campaign after his past lobbying work with pro-Russian Ukranian oligarchs comes to light. (Politico)
  • Sept 2016 [Withdrawn] Carter Page, Foreign Policy Advisor, takes leave of the Trump campaign after increased public scrutiny of his heavy political ties with Moscow. (Politico)
  • 11/21/17 [Fired] Chris Christie, Transition Team Head, ousted by Jared Kushner along with his entire transition team in favor of Mike Pence and other Kushner-approved personnel. (VanityFair)
  • 1/16/17 [Withdrawn] Monica Crowley, prospective Senior Director of Communications for the National Security Council, withdraws consideration after it is discovered that she plagiarized numerous long passages in her PhD dissertation, many verbatim. Also plagiarized more than 50 passages in her 2012 book What the Bleep Just Happened. (Politico)(CNN) On March 14, 2017 it is reported that she has registered as a foreign agent and lobbies for a pro-Russian billionaire oligarch. (WaEx)
  • 1/20/17 [Dismissed] ALL U.S. AMBASSADORS around the globe appointed by Obama are ordered to leave their posts on this day. They were given notice on January 6, 2017 to make visa and travel arrangements for themselves and their families, with no exceptions. (CNN)
  • 1/29/17 [KIA] William "Ryan" Owens, Navy SEAL, killed in a botched mission to snatch Al Qaeda computers in a mountain camp in Yemen. Mission had previously been scrapped by the Obama Administration for lack of good intel. (NBCNews) (Donate to the Navy Seal Foundation) Father of Owens refuses to meet with Trump and later states "Don't hide behind my son's death to prevent an investigation." (NYT)
  • 1/30/17 [Fired] Sally Yates, Acting Attorney General of the U.S., fired for stating her refusal to defend a Muslim ban order that was deemed unconstitutional days later in multiple federal courts. (NYT)
  • 2/3/17 [Withdrawn] Vincent Viola, tapped to be Secretary of the Army, withdraws his nomination citing insurmountable difficulties separating himself from his business. (NYT)

 

  • FlynnSquare2/13/17 [Fired] Michael Flynn, National Security Advisor, admits that he lied to the Vice President about contact with Russia on 12/29/16 about diplomatic expulsions. Spent the past two weeks changing his story about the discussion with the Russian Ambassador. Lasted 24 days as NSA, the shortest in history, with second place held by William Jackson in 1956-57 with 129 days. (USAToday)(resignation letter)

 

  • PuzderSquare2/15/17 [Withdrawn] Andrew Puzder, Secretary of Labor nominee, citing concerns of not getting enough votes for confirmation. (Hill) Reasons cited generally for withdrawing include: Top GOP members urged the White House to withdraw his nomination. (Hill); Oprah provides the tape containing the episode from March 1990 in which Puzder's battered wife appears on the show and details the torrent of abuse she suffered at his hand. (Politico)(Politico); He mistreated his workers at Carl's Jr. and Hardee's. (CNN); Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts sent him a 28-page letter on Feb 13th containing 83 questions she planned on asking him at his confirmation hearing. (Hill)

 

  • 2/16/17 [Withdrawn] Retired Vice Admiral Robert Harward, National Security Advisor, withdraws in part because he would not be able to fire some of former NSA Flynn's staff. Refers to the offer by Trump as a "shit sandwich." (Slate)
  • 2/26/17 [Withdrawn] Philip Bilden, Secretary of the Navy nominee, citing privacy concerns and an inability to separate himself from his business, a Hong Kong-based private equity firm. (Politico)
  • 3/10/17 [Fired] 46 U.S. Attorneys at DOJ. Orders the immediate resignation of all remaining attorneys who were appointed by President Obama, including Preet Bharara, who he was in talks with to retain. Trump does not have their replacements selected. (NYT)
  • 3/30/17 [Fired] Katie Walsh, Deputy Chief of Staff, Reince Priebus's closest ally in the administration is fired after the replacement healthcare bill is withdrawn from a vote in the House of Representatives. The White House holds a special private meeting with some reporters to assure them that she was not fired. (WaPo)

 

  • McFarland24/9/17 [Demoted] K.T. McFarland, Deputy National Security Advisor. After three months on the job, the 65-year-old former Fox News analyst is removed from office at the behest of National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster and Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly. She is to serve as an envoy to Singapore. (Bloomberg)

 

  • 5/4/17 [Withdrawn] Tom Marino, candidate for White House Drug Czar. Withdraws from consideration "due to a critical illness in my family." Marino is a Republican representative from Pennsylvania known for his hardline policies on drug control and enforcement, and an opponent of state medical marijuana programs. (Hill)
  • 5/5/17 [Fired] Angella Reid, White House Chief Usher. The first woman and second African American to hold the position is fired, an unusual dismissal in a position that has only had nine holders in the 20th century.(WaPo)
  • 5/5/17 [Withdrawn] Mark Green, Secretary of the Army. The second nominee to withdraw from consideration. The Tennessean state senator was attacked by critics of his nomination for criticizing federal attempts to bar discrimination against GLBT people in workplaces and businesses. (NYT)(Green's criticisms)

 

  • Comey5/9/17 [Fired] James Comey, FBI Director. Citing Comey's mishandling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails, a letter from Trump to Comey reads in part: "While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the bureau." (NYT)

 

  • 5/30/17 [Resigned] Mike Dubke, White House Communications Director. Is reported that Dubke resigned on May 18th  for "personal reasons." (Politico)
  • 6/18/17 [Withdrawn] David A. Clarke, Jr., senior Homeland Security post. The outspoken Milwaukee County sheriff announces that he will aggressively promote Trump's agenda elsewhere, but neither the White House nor DHS ever acknowledged offering him a position in the first place. (NYT)
  • 7/20/17 [Resigned] Mark Corallo, Spokesman for Trump's legal team. After two months on the job, cites frustration with the operation and warring factions, as well as not being told the truth about matters. Has also been close to special counsel Robert Mueller and praised him publicly. (Politico)
  • 7/21/17 [Resigned] Sean Spicer, White House press secretary. Disagreeing with Trump's appointing financier Anthony Scaramucci as communications director and denouncing chaos at the White House, Spicer says he will work through August. (NYT)

 

  • Priebus27/28/17 [Fired] Reince Priebus, White House Chief of Staff. Less than a week after White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci is appointed and begins attacking Priebus, Priebus is unceremoniously dismissed from his position after six months of service. His firing was announced by Trump on Twitter.(NYT)

 

  • scaramucci7/31/17 [Fired] Anthony Scaramucci, White House Communications Director. Fired on the day that Trump's new Chief of Staff, former Homeland Security secretary John Kelly, starts his job. Scaramucci was communications director for ten days. (NYT)

 

  • 8/18/17 [Dissolved] Steve Roth and Richard LeFrak, $1 trillion infrastructure committee. The committee is dissolved before it ever had a chance to meet, in the wake of Trump's defense of neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, VA which triggered a fleeing of CEOs from his manufacturing and trade councils. (Hill)

 

  • Bannon28/18/17 [Fired] Steve Bannon, Chief Strategy Advisor. Summarily fired three days after a mishandled Trump response to his treatment of neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, VA. Had meant to resign a week and a half earlier and rejoins Brietbart as CEO the same day that he leaves the White House. (NYT)

 

  • 8/18/17 [Withdrawn] Carl Icahn, Regulatory Advisor. Withdraws his role as advisor in the same week that droves of CEOs withdraw from two presidential councils, Steve Bannon is fired and Trump offers unwavering support to neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, VA. (Hill)
  • 8/25/17 [Quit] Andy Hemming, White House "Director of Rapid Response." Was responsible for gathering positive news clippings about Trump for Trump 17 hours a day. (Independent)(Politico profile)
  • 8/25/17 [Fired] Sebastian Gorka, Deputy Assistant to the President. The Hungarian-British hard-liner with ties to Brietbart and far-right groups in Europe is let go after seven months of defending Trump and making controversial statements on behalf of the White House. (NYT) Chief of Staff John Kelly revokes his security clearance. (Yahoo)
  • 9/1/17 [Quit] Keith Schiller, longtime bodyguard then personal aide. Announces his one-month notice, citing his $165k salary as too low. One source indicates that Schiller grew frustrated with Chief of Staff John Kelly's new restrictions on access to Trump. (CNN)
  • 9/26/17 [Quit] Chuck Rosenberg, Acting Director of the Drug Enforcement Agency. Announces his resignation within three days, citing his disgust of Trump's disregard for the law. (NYT)
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    9/27/17 [Sidelined] Peter Navarro, National Trade Council Director. Pushed aside by Chief of Staff John Kelly, who has been trying to limit access to the president and vet influences on him. Navarro was a major advocate for nationalist trade policies. (CNN)

 

  • Price29/29/17 [Fired] Tom Price, Secretary of Health and Human Services. Forced the resignation after a much publicized scandal involving Price's inappropriate use of private jets for transport, and Price's offer to pay back a small fraction of the cost to taxpayers. (CNN)

 

  • 10/17/18 [Withdrawn] Tom Marino, Drug Czar. Withdraws from consideration after reports that legislation he sponsored hindered the DEA in its fight against the opioid epidemic by increasing opioid sales and protected drug companies who sold large quantities of such narcotics from DEA investigation. (WaPo/60Minutes)

 

  •  Papadop10/30/17 [Pleads guilty] George Papadapoulos, Trump campaign advisor. Strikes a cooperation agreement with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, secretly pleading guilty three weeks before to lying to federal agents about his contacts with Kremlin-connected Russians. (NBC)

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  • 11/2/17 [Withdrawn] Sam Clovis, U.S.D.A. Chief Scientist. Withdraws amid revelations that he was among the top Trump campaign officials who were aware of efforts by junior aide George Papadapolous to broker a relationship between the campaign and Russian officials. (WaPo)
  • JailIconFlynnSquare12/1/17 [Pleads guilty] Michael Flynn, former national security adviser. Pleads guilty to lying to the F.B.I. about conversations with the Russian ambassador last December during the presidential transition, becoming the first senior White House official to cut a cooperation deal in the special counsel’s wide-ranging inquiry into election interference. (NYT)
  • 12/8/17 [Resigned] Dina Powell, Deputy National Security Advisor. The former Goldman Sachs executive announces her leaving the White House along with a mass exodus of other staffers in January 2018 at the mark of one full year of Trump's presidency. (WaPo)
  • 12/13/17 [Fired] Omarosa Manigault, White House aide. Having been sidelined months ago when John Kelly was appointed Chief of Staff, is fired by Kelly and physically escorted from the White House while yelling profanities and demanding to speak to Trump. (Hill)
  • 12/13/17 [Withdrawn] Brett Talley, nominee for Alabama federal judgeship. The 36-year-old who never tried a case and had a rare unanimous "not qualified" rating by the American Bar Association has his nomination withdrawn by the White House. Talley was part of the Tuscaloosa Paranormal Research Group and has written extensively about paranormal activities and other topics in the horror genre. He also had not disclosed to the Senate that he is married to a top White House staffer. (Hill)
  • 12/20/17 [Withdrawn] Dr. Dean Winslow, nominee for Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs. The retired Air Force colonel, flight surgeon and professor of medicine at Stanford is sidelined for stating that he does not think that civilians should have access to military-style assault rifles. (WaPo)
  • 12/29/17 [Fired] All Remaining Members of PACHA. Using a form letter, fires the remaining members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, a voluntary council of professionals who carried out federal HIV/AIDS reductions strategies since 1995. Over half a dozen members resigned in August 2017. (WaPo)
  • 1/12/18 [Resigned] John Feeley, U.S. Ambassador to Panama. Announces his resignation effective in two months, citing his inability to work with Trump and his policies. This comes in the wake of Trump referring to Haiti, El Salvador and unspecified African nations as "shithole countries." (TheIndependent)
  • 1/15/18 [Resigned] Three Quarters of the Advisory Board, U.S. National Park Service. Citing Secretary Ryan Zinke's unwillingness to meet with them, nine board members in various letters also mention Zinke's rescinding of regulations which address biodiversity loss, pollution and climate change. (NPR)
  • 1/18/18 [Fired] Carl Higbie, National and Community Service. Forced into resigning after reporters uncover extraordinary remarks he made disparaging blacks, Muslims, gays, women, veterans with PTSD and undocumented immigrants. (CNN)
  • 1/31/18 [Resigned] Brenda Fitzgerald, Director of the Centers for Disease Control. Abruptly resigns a day after Politico reports that she purchased tobacco stock after taking the director position at the CDC. She also held stock in Merck and Bayer, which work closely with the CDC. (Politico)
  • 2/3/18 [Withdrawn] K.T. McFarland, Ambassador to Singapore nominee. The former deputy national security advisor to Trump (for three months) withdraws her ambassadorial nomination to Singapore after doubt is cast on her answers to questions involving Trump campaign contacts with Russian officials. (NYT)
  • 2/4/18 [Withdrawn] Kathleen Hartnett White, Director of the Council on Environmental Quality nominee. Abruptly asked by the White House to withdraw her nomination after continued fierce opposition from Democrats, White is on record as denying man-made climate change, casting doubt on the observation of greenhouse gases, and calling carbon dioxide "the gas of life." (WaPo)
  • 2/7/18 [Resigned] Rob Porter, Top White House aide. Abruptly resigns after two ex-wives allege that he beat them. (CNN)
  • 2/9/18 [Resigned] Rachel Brand, Third-highest official at Justice Department. Resigns after only nine months on the job to join Walmart as the executive vice president for global governance. Brand would have been the official to take over the Mueller investigation if Trump fired Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. (WaPo)
  • 2/9/18 [Resigned] David Sorensen, White House speechwriter. Resigns within the same week as White House staffer Rob Porter for allegations of spousal abuse. (WaPo)

 

  • JailIcon GatesRick2/23/18 [Convicted] Rick Gates, Trump deputy campaign chairman. Pleads guilty to conspiracy and lying to the FBI, striking a deal to cooperate and provide information to special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s ongoing investigation as it edges closer to the White House. (WaPo)

 

  • 2/27/18 [Resigned] Joseph Yun, U.S. Special Representative for North Korea policy. His abrupt departure comes as Trump continues an exchange of insults with North Korean leader Kim Jung Un. (CNN)
  • 2/28/18 [Resigned] Hope Hicks, White House communications director. One of Trump's closest and most trusted advisers, former model Hicks, 29, resigns in the immediate wake of testifying to the Senate that she told "white lies" on behalf of Trump during the 2016 campaign. (NYT)
  • 3/1/18 [Resigned] Roberta Jacobson, Ambassador to Mexico. One of the country's most experienced Latin America diplomats, Jacobson quits during a fallout of Trump's administration and Mexico. (LATimes)

 

  • CohnSquare3/7/18 [Resigned] Gary Cohn, Director of the National Economic Council. In the wake of Trump's snap decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, Cohn announces his resignation. He was rumored to be named Trump's chief of staff in the coming weeks, although he had wanted to leave the administration months before when Trump sympathized with Neo-Nazi demonstrators in Charlottesville, North Carolina. (NYT)

 

  • 3/9/18 [Resigned] John Feeley, Ambassador to Panama. Leaves office after writing a letter explaining that he cannot comfortably serve the Trump administration, announcing on the heels of Trump's referring to a number of Latin American countries and Africa as "shitholes." (Newsweek)

 

  • Tillerson23/13/18 [Fired] Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State. Announced on Twitter to be replaced by CIA director Mike Pompeo. (NYT) He was replaced within hours of stating that the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy and his daughter with a military-grade nerve agent in the U.K. is “a really egregious act” that appears to have “clearly” come from Russia. (NBC)

 

  • 3/13/18 [Removed] John McEntee, Trump's personal assistant. McEntee is personally escorted from the White House after an investigation into his finances causes his security clearance to be revoked. (NYT)
  • 3/16/18 [Fired] Andrew McCabe, Acting Director of the FBI. Attorney General Jeff Sessions fires McCabe less than two days before his retirement for allegedly inappropriately authorizing officials in 2016 to talk to reporters about an investigation into Hillary Clinton. Trump tweets: "Andrew McCabe FIRED, a great day for the hard working men and women of the FBI - A great day for Democracy. Sanctimonious James Comey was his boss and made McCabe look like a choirboy. He knew all about the lies and corruption going on at the highest levels of the FBI!" (CNN) McCabe releases a statement claiming that he is a witness in the Mueller investigation and that he is being attacked personally by Trump. (entire statement via Vox)
  • 3/22/18 [Resigned] John Dowd, Lead Trump lawyer in Russia investigation. Dowd quits in protest over Trump's insistence on speaking with investigators, having recently been paired with a conspiracy theorist Washington lawyer named Joseph diGenova. (NYT) (NYT-diGenova)

 

  • McMaster3/22/18 [Fired] H.R. McMaster, National Security Advisor. Purged from Trump's national security team and replaced by the much more hawkish John Bolton in the lead-up to a historic meeting with North Korea's Kim Jung Un, McMaster had spent most of his time in the administration at odds with Trump's statements and policies. (NYT)

 

  • 3/28/18 [Fired] David Shulkin, Secretary of Veterans Affairs. The sole Obama-era holdover on the Cabinet, Shulkin is replaced by Trump's personal physician Ronny Jackson. (WaPo)
  • 4/8/18 [Fired] Michael Anton, National Security Council spokesman. Anton contributed to Trump's campaign in 2016 by writing blog entries under the name "Publius Decius Mus." He was fired by incoming National Security Adviser John Bolton on the first day of Bolton's new tenure. Anton will join Hillsdale College's Kirby Center as a writer and lecturer. (CNN)
  • 4/10/18 [Fired] Tom Bossert, White House Homeland Security Adviser. Incoming National Security Adviser John Bolton fires Bossert wIthin two days of taking the position, with no explanation or warning. (CNN)
  • 4/26/18 {Withdrawn] Ronny Jackson, Nominee for Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Currently the White House physician, Jackson withdraws his nomination after over 20 whistleblowers allege that in the past he: handed out Percocets and Ambien to White House staff "like candy," crashed a government car, banged on a female employee's hotel door in the middle of the night, was too drunk to be roused during a medical emergency of a staff member, and has a reputation for psychologically and verbally abusing staff. (Hill)
  • 6/19/18 [Resigned] Joseph Hagin, Deputy Chief of Staff to the President. One of the most seasoned government veterans on a team populated mainly by newcovers with little if any prior experience in the White House. Is reported that he was targeted by Trump loyalists for not being loyal enough to Trump. (NYT)

 

  • PruittSquare7/5/18 [Resigned] Scott Pruitt, Director of the EPA. Resigns after becoming the subject of 19 separate inquiries, for ethics violations including spending abuses, first-class travel, secret meetings with lobbyists and energy industry leaders and enlisting aides to seek favors for friends and family. Pruitt also attempted to roll back as many environmental regulations that his office would allow. (NYT)

 

  • 7/14/18 [Fired] Jennifer Arangio, National Security Council Director for International Organizations and Alliances. Joining a slew of others since John Bolton was appointed National Security Adviser, Arangio argued for increasing US refugee admissions and clashed with Trump officials about separating migrant children from their families. (Politico)
  • 8/13/18 [Fired] Peter Strzok, FBI counterintelligence agent. Strzok came under fire for sending disparaging texts about Trump and other political figures in 2016, and became the target of focused Republican and White House wrath for months. (Hill)

 

  • JailIconManafort 8/21/18 [Convicted] Paul Manafort, former campaign chairman. Manafort is found guilty on eight of 18 counts: five counts of submitting false tax returns, one count of failing to report foreign bank and financial accounts and two counts of bank fraud, for a minimum of 80 years in prison. (USAToday)

 

  •  Cohen8/21/18 [Pleads guilty] Michael Cohen, former personal lawyer and fixer to Trump. Pleads guilty to eight charges: five of tax evasion, one count of making false statements to a financial institution and two counts of campaign contribution violations. (CBSNews)JailIcon
    • Cohen admits in court that "in coordination with and at the direction of a candidate for federal office" he made payments to at least two women for their silence regarding affairs with Trump, which implicates Trump in the violation of campaign finance law. (NYT)
    • 12/12/18 A federal judge sentences Cohen to three years prison for crimes that include arranging payments during the 2016 election to silence women for the sake of affecting the campaign. It is the longest sentence for a member of the Trump administration to date. (CNN)

 

  •  McGahn28/29/18 [Fired] Don McGahn, White House Counsel. Fired by tweet before notifying McGahn. McGahn was recently revealed to have spent thirty hours in total interviewing with Mueller investigators on at least three separate occasions, the contents of the meetings not being known to Trump or other White House officials. (CNN)

 

  • 9/18/18 [Resigned] Arthur Elkins, EPA Inspector General. Announces that he is resigning after eight years on the job, not specifying his reason for stepping down. (Hill)

 

  • HaleySquare10/9/18 [Resigned] Nikki Haley, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N.  Announces that she is stepping down by the end of the year, not citing her reasoning. (NYT) The day before, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington called for an investigation into whether Haley violated federal ethics regulations by accepting flights on private planes. (Hill)

 

  • 12/23/18 [Resigned] Brett McGurk, U.S. special presidential envoy for the Coalition to Defeat IS. Resigns after Trump's decision to suddenly withdraw troops from Syria. (BBC) Trump dismisses the resignation, claiming that he didn't even know McGurk. (Slate)

 

  • Mattis212/20/18 [Fired] Jim Mattis, Secretary of Defense. Tenders his resignation in immediate response to the withdrawal, citing that his views on supporting allies and other matters are not "aligned" with Trump's. (CNN) 12/23/18 Trump accelerates the dismissal of Mattis by two months after watching TV analysts discuss Mattis' letter of resignation. (NYT)

 

  • 1/16/19 [Resigned] Pam Patenaude, Deputy Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Resigns in protest of the Trump administration's efforts to block federal relief monty to Puerto Rico following the devastation of Hurricane Maria in 2017. (Hill)
  • 2/13/19 [Resigned] Brock Long, Director of FEMA. Resigns months after it is revealed that he was using government vehicles and drivers for his six-hour commute between his home in North Carolina and office in Washington, D.C., even after being told not to do so. (CNN)
  • 2/17/19 [Withdrawn] Heather Nauert, nominee for Ambassador to the U.N. The former Fox News anchor with no diplomatic experience withdraws her nomination after it comes to light that she hired at least one illegal immigrant for domestic help, and dodged taxes related to that person's employment. (Newsweek)
  • 3/5/19 [Resigned] Scott Gottlieb, F.D.A. Commissioner. The former venture capitalist who served as both a consultant and board member for drug companies and had made a fortune from the tobacco industry that he regulated, resigns in order to spend more time with his family. (NYT)
  • 3/8/19 [Resigned] Heather Wilson, Secretary of the Air Force. Resigns in order to take the position of President of the University of Texas at El Paso. She led the Air Force since May 2017. (CNN)
  • 4/7/19 [Fired] Kirstjen Nielsen, Secretary of Homeland Security. Nielsen is fired after she refuses to close the border with Mexico, but after many months of steadfastly defending Trump's hardline policy of separating migrant children from their families at the border on the order of tens of thousands. (NYT)
  • 4/8/19 [Fired] Randolph "Tex" Alles, Secret Service Director. Secret Service officials find out through cable news. (CNN)
  • 4/29/19 [Resigned] Rod Rosenstein, Deputy Attorney General. Submits his resignation effective May 11, 2019, after enduring the duration of the Mueller investigation during which time there was wild speculation about his being fired by Trump, as well as relentless attacks by Trump on his integrity and fitness for his office. (NYT)(his resignation letter)
  • 6/18/19 [Withdrawn] Patrick Shanahan, Acting Secretary of Defense. Trump withdraws Shanahan's nomination after Shanahan is exposed as having been involved in multiple domestic violence incidents between his wife and son, some resulting in serious injury. (NYT)
  • 7/7/19 [Withdrawn] Admiral William Moran, nominee for Chief of Naval Operations. Suddenly decides to retire after his judgment was questioned over a professional relationship he maintained with a former Navy public affairs official who left the service amid allegations of sexual harassment and sexual assault. (CNN) 
  • 7/10/19 [Resigned] Alexander Acosta, Secretary of Labor. Resigns amid continuing questioning about his handling of a child molestation and sex trafficking case involving hedge fund manager Jeffrey Epstein, who faces new charges 12 years after Epstein and federal prosecutors gave him an ultralight plea deal and illegally kept that plea deal from victims. (NYT
  • 7/28/29 [Resigned] Dan Coats, Director of National Intelligence. Coats is to be replaced by far-right Texas representative John Ratcliffe. (Hill)(Coats' resignation letter)
  • 8/2/19 [Withdrawn] Dan Ratcliffe, Nominee for Director of National Intelligence. Withdraws after bipartisan opposition, including because the Texas representative has no intelligence experience and submitted multiple false statements about his record as a public servant. (CNN)
  • 9/10/19 [Fired] John Bolton, National Security Adviser. Trump's third NSA is fired after prolonged disagreements regarding how to handle North Korea, Iran and Afghanistan. Bolton insists that he quit, while Trump insists that he fired Bolton. (NYT)
  • 10/11/19 [Resigned/Fired] Kevin McAleenan, Acting Homeland Security Secretary. Quit after voicing concern about the "tone, the message, the public face and approach" of the nation's immigration policy. McAleenan served as acting secretary for six months. (NPR)(WaPo)
  • 10/17/19 [Resigned] Rick Perry, Secretary of Energy. Announces his resignation in the immediate aftermath of House testimony that reveals that Perry was directed to handle Ukraine affairs through Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, sidelining U.S. diplomats to that country. (NYT)