The Senate’s highest-ranking federal law enforcement officer has resigned after a mob stormed the heart of American democracy on Wednesday and overwhelmed police.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Thursday that he has accepted the resignation of Michael Stenger, the Sergeant-at-Arms.
It comes after serious questions were raised of security failing at the US Capitol building after Trump supporters broke in to the chambers of the House and appeared to easily get past law enforcement.
Chuck Schumer, the Democrat minority leader in the Senate, had vowed on Wednesday to fire Mr Stenger as soon as he becomes the majority leader on January 21.
There was shock and concern across Washington on Thursday at how Mr Trump’s violent supporters were able to break through police lines, despite their attack being planned on social media.
Mr McConnell said in a statement that he had requested the resignation of Mr Stenger and later received it. He said Mr Stenger’s resignation is effective immediately.
Mr McConnell says Deputy Sergeant-at-Arms Jennifer Hemingway will take over on an acting basis.
He said: “I thank Jennifer in advance for her service as we begin to examine the serious failures that transpired yesterday and continue and strengthen our preparations for a safe and successful inauguration on January 20th.”