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Trump bears some responsibility for Capitol riot, ex-DHS acting Secretary Chad Wolf says

January 13, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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US President Donald Trump delivers remarks on immigration and border security to members of the border patrol as Acting secretary of Homeland Security, Chad Wolf (L) looks on at the international airport in Yuma, Arizona on August 18, 2020. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

Chad Wolf, who resigned as Homeland Security acting secretary two days ago, said Wednesday that President Donald Trump bears some responsibility for the events at the US Capitol last week.

(CNN)Chad Wolf, who resigned as Homeland Security acting secretary two days ago, said Wednesday that President Donald Trump bears some responsibility for the events at the US Capitol last week.

What he says matters," Wolf said in an interview with CNN.

However, it is for Congress to determine if it was an impeachable offense, Wolf said.

Wolf stepped down as acting secretary on Monday after a government watchdog and federal judges cast doubt on his legitimacy to lead the department, including in a court ruling last Friday blocking Trump administration asylum limits.

He served in an acting capacity for 14 months in the top role, a position that now will be filled by Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Pete Gaynor for the remaining days of the Trump administration.

The day after the attack on the Capitol, Wolf urged Trump and all other elected officials to condemn the violence in a sharply worded statement, while vowing to stay in his position until President-elect Joe Biden takes office.

I think, unfortunately, the administration lost a little bit of the moral high ground on this issue by not coming out sooner on it," he said Wednesday of condemning the violence.

Wolf told CNN he would like to see more from the President in terms of calling for nonviolent protests.

I'd like to have him speak, have him say that and just that," Wolf said.

He said it's not just the President but all politicians who need to call for nonviolence, pointing to violent protests over the summer.

"Violence is violence," he said.

Wolf said the decision to leave earlier than planned was due in part to the most recent court case challenging his authority to lead the Department of Homeland Security.

Since resigning from the top role, Wolf has remained at the department to wrap up.

He told CNN he wanted to leave the department in the "best hands as possible. "

I didn't want all those decisions to be litigated," Wolf said.

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