Former Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency chief Chris Krebs said Sunday President Donald Trump has a chance to redeem himself for the deadly siege by his supporters on the Capitol last week: He could resign.
“The president’s legacy is a heap of ashes. There’s nothing redeemable at this point, given the fact that he incited this attempt to overturn democracy, a fair and free election,” Krebs said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday.
“There is an opportunity, though, for a redemption story,” Krebs added. “Again, he can resign. He can tell his supporters that it was all a big con and that he is sorry.”
Krebs, who directed CISA in the Department of Homeland Security, was fired by Trump in November after refuting the president’s claims that the presidential election was rigged.
Trump is facing increasing pressure to leave office early of his own volition, with several congressional Republicans calling for him to resign, including Sens. Pat Toomey and Lisa Murkowski.
“I think the best way for our country … is for the president to resign and go away as soon as possible,” Toomey (R-Pa.) said on Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
The calls follow the deadly riot on the Capitol last week incited by Trump after he falsely claimed for months that the election was stolen from him. Democrats are again preparing articles of impeachment for Trump following last week’s events.
“I don’t know if he’s capable of doing it, but that’s the best way to prevent further violence, to prevent further erosion of confidence in democracy over the next four years,” Krebs said Sunday of Trump resigning.
“And every single Republican on the Hill that continues to support these election irregularities has to do the same thing. They have to denounce it and they have to come back to the middle,” he added.