This included 13 members of the Armed Services Committee, where Schmid worked for four and a half years as a senior politician. The new top Republican on the panel, Rep. Mike Rogers of Alabama, was also in that group.
In the end, 138 House Republicans – more than half of the GOP conference – voted against certifying Biden Electoral College votes in Arizona, Pennsylvania, or both states based on unsubstantiated allegations widespread electoral fraud that was repeated for months by Trump and his allies.
In his letter, Schmid said GOP lawmakers “have hampered the ability of every service member, intelligence officer and diplomat to defend the nation and advance American interests.” He said they “ignored” American democratic ideals “for cynical political ends.”
“Whatever the motives for voting, these members bear the consequences that men and women at risk will face for many years to come,” Schmid wrote. “I can’t imagine a series of events more damaging to the already fragile post-WWII US-led order that brought more peace and prosperity to the world than any other. moment in history.
He added, “The congressional catalysts of this crowd have made future foreign conflict more likely, not less.”
His resignation also comes as the House is set to impeach Trump this week for inciting an insurgency on Capitol Hill. Several Republicans are considering signing off on the impeachment effort, and Trump’s support for Capitol Hill has taken a hit in recent days as more GOP lawmakers called on him to step down and others criticized his conduct as reckless.
Trump falsely claimed the presidential election was “stolen” from him, a claim that prompted his supporters to storm the Capitol building last week as Congress certified the votes of Biden’s constituency. Before the riots, Trump addressed the crowd outside the White House and urged them to “fight like hell”.
Prior to working on Capitol Hill, Schmid completed two missions in Iraq as an Army Intelligence Analyst. He was wounded there while he was integrated into an Iraqi infantry battalion.
He then worked as the Chief of Congressional Affairs for the Department of Defense Office of Special Programs. As a member of the Armed Services Committee, he has advised lawmakers on some of the Pentagon’s most sensitive capabilities and operations.
Schmid expressed his particular outrage that the insurgency on Capitol Hill included members of the military, and he urged the committee to ensure that the Pentagon prosecutes these individuals.
“These extremist influences are a serious threat to our ability to defend the nation, and they must be forcibly removed immediately,” Schmid wrote. “I deeply regret that some members no longer have the necessary credibility to accomplish this work.”
Senior administration officials, including three cabinet secretaries, resigned in the days following the riots on Capitol Hill, saying Trump’s mob instigation was a turning point for them.
Even though most House Republicans backed Trump’s attempt to overturn the election results, only eight GOP senators opposed last week. That number was expected to be higher before the riots on Capitol Hill, but a few Republicans withdrew.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell launched a passionate plea against Trump-inspired objections to Biden’s victory, warning that Congress “would hasten down a poisonous path where only the winners of an election actually accept the results”.
“If these elections were called off by mere allegations from the losing side, our democracy would enter a deadly spiral,” McConnell said.