President Trump took to Twitter late Tuesday to fire his top cybersecurity official by tweeting so as not to raise a line in his “fake” election account.
Chris Krebs’ recent statement on the security of the 2020 elections was extremely inaccurate, as there were mass irregularities and fraud – including dead voting, poll observers who were not allowed to vote, “bugs” in the machines. for voting, which changed the votes from Trump to Biden, late voting and much more. Therefore, in effect immediately, Chris Krebs was terminated as director of the Agency for Cyber Security and Infrastructure Security, “Trump said.
Krebs, who had set up a website to counter election security misinformation, expected to be fired after becoming one of the few in the Trump administration to challenge his allegations.
He reacted to his termination with a brief statement on his personal Twitter account: “Honored to serve. We did it right. Defend today, probably tomorrow. “
His dismissal comes as more and more allegations by the president of voting discrepancies fall apart in court. Just hours before Krebs was ousted on Tuesday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled on Trump̵
As the president repeatedly tried to raise concerns about alleged voting discrepancies that he claimed deprived him of winning the Nov. 3 election, officials said there was no evidence to support his claims. Even Trump’s own campaign advocates, in their legal flash to prevent Joe Biden’s victory from being certified, tried to present evidence of a “fake” election in court; many of their legal disputes alleging voter fraud collapsed when judges scorched them at their request. In some cases, the evidence was considered rumors gathered through a “voter fraud” website. In others, Trump’s lawyers admitted during questioning that observers were not blocked from observing the vote count, according to the complaint.
Lawmakers responded to the news of Krebs’ termination with praise for his work in defense of the election.
“Chris Krebs is a dedicated government official who has done a remarkable job during the challenge,” Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) said in a statement. He went on to say that the work of Krebs and his CISA team “should serve as a model for other government agencies” and is “essential for protecting the 2020 presidential election from threats of foreign interference.”
Representatives Benny G. Thompson (D-MS) and Lauren Underwood (D-IL) issued a joint statement calling Trump’s dismissal of Krebs “disturbing” and “anti-democratic.”
“It is a fact that since election day, President Trump has been trying to delegitimize the election results by participating in a disinformation campaign that could destroy public confidence in our election for generations. “Director Krebs put national security in front of politics and refused to use his position to carry out the president’s orders, so the president fired him,” they said.
“By firing Director Krebs for refusing to give credence to his baseless allegations and conspiracy theories about voter fraud, the president is telling administration officials to put their political interests ahead of their responsibilities to the American people.”
As early as 2018, while discussing cybersecurity and the Atlantic Council elections, Krebs noted that the “common goal” of the election was “to convince the loser that he had lost” so that “this peaceful transition of power” could take place. But the goal of the “adversary,” he noted, “is to undermine our confidence in the process.”
Just minutes after Trump fired his tweed railing at Krebs, Twitter warned him: “This allegation of election fraud is disputed.”
—Erin Banco contributed to the reporting