What are we to make of Chad Wolf's resignation?

IMO he resigned because his job is done and he’s trying to distance himself to provide that GOP-beloved questionable deniability. He doesn’t believe there will ne violence; he *knows there will be violence. FFS at this point every American should know that there is going to be violence; they aren’t exactly being quiet about their intentions.

Remember: believe the autocrat.

And Mr. Wolf has now done all the harm he can plausibly do, I suspect, without outing himself as an active participant just by being “in play” and so he is seeking some cover.

How much about the Inauguration security plans do you think he knows? Who might he communicate with in the next few days?

Because if he is unlawfully in his position, any orders he issues during his unlawful tenure are at risk, and can be challenged in court. If the Trumpers have something nefarious planned in the lead-up to the inauguration that requires direction from Homeland Security — or if they just want to plant a bunch of obnoxious seeds to make Biden’s first six months more difficult, purely out of spite — they don’t want to give an administrative judge an easy excuse to wipe the slate clean.

Yes, even though I fear being labeled a conspiracy theorist or paranoid, this move concerns me.

As does the fact that Trump has approved the emergency declaration for the District of Columbia. This is from the White House statement:

“The President’s action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in the District of Columbia.”

I’m just a teeny bit worried about which side some of these FEMA and DHS folks are on and what they think this statement means.

He publicly criticized Trump for the insurrection and was likely about to be fired so he jumped first.

Or maybe crossing Trump makes him hell to deal with and he finally had enough. It’s surprising, though, that Wolf wouldn’t use the riots as a cover.

That is a plausible, non threatening explanation.

This was my first thought.

Yeah, but why would that make him resign?

I do think it’s plausible he was being pressured to further compromise security for the inauguration, and/or to make way for someone who will. Let’s see who is made Acting Director next – has that been announced? Are they a “Trump loyalist” or a career civil servant?