President Donald Trump should resign from office for instigating the riot at the Capitol, former Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Director Chris Krebs told CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday.
In order to prevent more bloodshed, Krebs said Trump “has to resign. He has to tell his supporters that he lied to them, that this was all his own fraud” regarding his claims about widespread election irregularities.
He emphasized, “we have to set an example for the rest of the free world that attempted coups, which is what this was, will not be tolerated. And there has to be an accountability. So whether it’s the 25th Amendment push, whether it’s an impeachment, the president needs to be held accountable for supporting and really inciting the activity of this past week.”
Trump fired Krebs two months ago after he refused to back up the president’s claim there was widespread fraud in the November election, according to The Hill.
“I think at this point, particularly after Wednesday, the president’s legacy is a heap of ashes,” Krebs said. “There’s nothing redeemable at this point given the fact that he incited this attempt to overturn democracy, a fair and free election.”
Krebs stressed, in addition to Trump admitting to his backers his claims of voter fraud was a lie, the best way to both prevent more loss of life and “to prevent further erosion of confidence in democracy over the next four years,” he adds, [is for] “every single Republican on the Hill that continues to support these [claims of] election irregularities to do the same thing. They have to denounce it, and they have to come back to the middle.”
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