By Ray O'Hanlon
Mick Mulvaney, the U.S. Special Envoy to the Northern Ireland peace and political process, has resigned his position in the wake of Wednesday's storming of the U.S. Capitol by thousands of Trump supporters.
Mulvaney told CNBC on Thursday morning that he had submitted his resignation to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday night.
“I can’t stay. I called Mike Pompeo last night to let him know I was resigning from that. I can’t do it. I can’t stay," Mulvaney said.
“Those who choose to stay, and I have talked with some of them, are choosing to stay because they’re worried the president might put someone worse in.”
Mulvaney, a former Acting White House Chief of Staff, was appointed to the North envoy post earlier this year and had traveled to Belfast, Dublin and London in the course of his work.
A former congressman representing a district in South Carolina, Mulvaney's Irish roots are in County Mayo.