FDA chief says he was 'disgusted' by Capitol riots, considered resigning

FDA chief says he was 'disgusted' by Capitol riots, considered resigning
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The head of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said he was "disgusted" and considered resigning after rioters overtook the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 in an attempt to stop Congress from certifying President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenHaiti prime minister warns inequality will cause migration to continue Pelosi: House must pass 3 major pieces of spending legislation this week Erdoğan says Turkey plans to buy another Russian defense system MORE's election victory.

In an interview with Bloomberg News published Tuesday, Stephen HahnStephen HahnTrump discussed sending infected Americans to Guantanamo Bay: book Stephen Hahn joining venture capital firm behind Moderna Redfield says Azar pressured him to revise COVID-19 data reports MORE said he was "horrified" by the mob attack, and that "making a statement with a resignation" was among the responses he considered in the following days. Several top Trump administration officials, such as Transportation Secretary Elaine ChaoElaine ChaoSaluting FOIA on its birthday House passes bill to strengthen authority of federal watchdogs Biden at Sen. John Warner's funeral: He 'gave me confidence' MORE, resigned in protest after the deadly riot.

"Now, with respect to January 6 — I was horrified and I was disgusted by what happened. We live in a democracy. There is no place for what we saw and those who are responsible for the actions that took place on the physical grounds of the Capitol should be held accountable," Hahn said.

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"We have a lot of things going on that are important from a public health point of view that required my attention and the senior leadership's attention. Making a statement with a resignation certainly was a topic of consideration," he added. "I think our public health mission and the need to provide leadership during a very critical time was more important."

The administration was beset by a wave of resignations and harsh criticism from both sides of the aisle following the siege on the Capitol by Trump supporters who had just come from a rally near the White House, where the president urged them to "march down Pennsylvania Ave." and pressure members of Congress to object to certifying the 2020 election.

In addition to Chao, the days following the riot saw the exit of Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyHeadhunters having hard time finding jobs for former Trump officials: report Trump holdovers are denying Social Security benefits to the hardest working Americans Mulvaney calls Trump's comments on Capitol riot 'manifestly false' MORE, the Trump administration's envoy to Northern Ireland and former White House chief of staff.

Several GOP lawmakers, including Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiGOP warns McConnell won't blink on debt cliff Graham tries to help Trump and McConnell bury the hatchet Trump, allies launch onslaught as midterms kick into gear MORE (Alaska), have called for Trump to leave office before his term is up on Wednesday at noon.