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Chad Wolf, acting secretary of Homeland Security, resigns

January 11, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 21: Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf speaks during a press conference on the actions taken by Customs and Border Protection and Homeland Security agents in Portland during continued protests at the US Customs and Border Patrol headquarters on July 21, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)

Chad Wolf is resigning as the acting secretary of Homeland Security, he announced in a letter to the department Monday obtained by CNN.

As House Democrats debate when to send the articles of impeachment over to the Capitol, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is exploring whether to use emergency authority to reconvene the Senate and hold the trial before President Trump leaves office, according to a senior Democratic aide.

House Republican Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy, in a letter to GOP colleagues, listed four potential responses to the Jan. 6 attack in advance of a Monday all-GOP conference call as he continued to oppose the impeachment of President Trump.

"With continued attempts to organize events against the outcome of the US presidential election that can lead to violence, and use of the term by those involved in Wednesday’s violence in DC, we’re taking this additional step in the lead up to the inauguration," Guy Rosen, Facebook's VP of integrity, wrote in a post about the company's preparation for Inauguration Day.

Meanwhile, Facebook added, it will continue its weeks-long ban on all US political advertising, including by President Trump, whose account Facebook suspended indefinitely on Jan. 7.

The blog post comes as tech companies confront mounting skepticism about whether they did too little, too late to prevent the violence that swept the Capitol — and that continues to be a risk heading into President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration.

The FBI has received information indicating “armed protests” are being planned at all 50 state capitols and the US Capitol in Washington, DC, in the days leading up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20, according to an internal bulletin obtained by CNN.

The bulletin, which emerged after rioters stormed the US Capitol last week, also suggests there are threats of an “uprising” if President Trump is removed via the 25th Amendment before Inauguration Day. Additionally, the FBI is tracking reports of “various threats to harm President-Elect Biden ahead of the presidential inauguration,” the bulletin states.

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf on Monday said he has instructed the US Secret Service to begin the National Special Security Event operations for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration effective, Jan. 13 instead of Jan. 19.

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