‘The president’s phrases matter’: Former appearing DHS Secretary Chad Wolf

Wolf , who’s leaving the division this week, spoke with ABC News Wednesday.

January 13, 2021, 8:03 PM

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“”The president’s words matter and they do,” Wolf informed ABC News Wednesday. “He certainly has some level of responsibility for at least the words that he said.”

“I’ve talked about my disappointment in wishing that he had come out sooner to condemn the violence and just talk more vocally about that,” he added.

Wolf, who’s leaving the division this week, mentioned when he first noticed the photographs on TV of rioters on the Capitol, he although they had been “sickening and disturbing” and that it reminded him “in a little different manner” of what occurred in Portland, Oregon, over the summer time.

For 60 nights over the summer time the federal courthouse there was the positioning of protests on racial injustice and the demonstrations typically turned violent after dusk.

“The individuals that (stormed the Capitol), they decided to partake in this or not. They act on their own accord and they decided to take criminal acts on their own, just like the individuals in Portland and around the country this summer,” Wolf mentioned, including that he does not blame politicians on the opposite aspect of the aisle for what occurred in Portland.

Wolf additionally mentioned that the duty of the safety of the U.S. Capitol is with Capitol Police however maintains that the division knew concerning the risk.

“Leading up to the sixth we had multiple coordination calls — that DHS was on, (the Department of Defense) was on, (Department of Justice) and local law enforcement was on, Metropolitan Police, Capitol Police were on. We knew about this threat. We knew about 25 to 35,000 people that were coming to the district,” he mentioned.

Wolf pressured that everybody — together with the folks at DHS — deliberate for the worst.

On the query of eradicating Trump from workplace over the riot, Wolf mentioned that he defers to members of Congress as a result of he’s not an elected official.

“If certain individuals or the Congress wants to take the action that they’re taking today, I believe, regarding impeachment, that that’s their right, that’s their prerogative. I think that’s the appropriate channel. If they want to, address that issue with the president, whether it’s impeachment, whether it’s censure,” he mentioned. I feel that is the suitable venue versus the twenty fifth Amendment. I feel the twenty fifth Amendment is outstanding circumstances. The vp outlined that.”

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