President Trump announced on Twitter Tuesday evening that he had sacked cybersecurity official Christopher Krebs, whose agency recently released a statement that the 2020 presidential election was safe. Until now, Krebs was Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency at the Department of Homeland Security.
Mr. Trump has claimed, falsely and without any evidence, that a statement by Cripps describing the 2020 elections as the safest in history was “extremely inaccurate”. Mr. Trump’s legal team has so far failed to provide credible evidence of mass fraud, and Joe Biden is the president-elect.
“The recent statement made by Chris Krebs on security in the 2020 elections was extremely inaccurate, as there were widespread irregularities and fraud – including voting for the dead, not allowing polling observers to enter polling sites, and“ glitches ”in the voting machines that Changed … voices from Trump to Biden, the vote was delayed, and much more, “the president tweeted. “Therefore, effective immediately, Chris Krebs is terminated from the position of Director of the Agency for Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security.”
Mr Trump was infuriated by a statement declaring 2020 the safest election in history, contradicting baseless conspiracy theories about mass fraud.
“The November 3rd elections were the safest in American history. Currently, across the country, election officials are reviewing and verifying the entire electoral process before finalizing the result,” the statement said, adding that “there is no evidence of this in any voting system Deleted, lost, voices changed, or endangered in any way. “
Soon after he was fired, Krebs chirpWe were honored to serve. We did it right. Drive today, Tomorrow believed. He updated his bio on Twitter to read “First Director Embed a Tweet (Previously). Krebs took over as Director of CISA in November 2018, and the job was highly regarded by both Republicans and Democrats, who praised Cripps’ work and denounced the president for his dismissal.
“Christopher Cripps was fired because he did his job to protect our elections and stood up to Trump’s conspiracy theories,” Senator Elizabeth Warren wrote on Twitter. “This is a disgusting abuse of power by a weak and hopeless president who undermines our democracy and our national security.”
As Krebs saw, making the nation’s elections safe was an endeavor to bypass the party.
“When I look at it, cybersecurity is apolitical,” said Major Garrett of CBS News.in August. “So whether it’s a Democrat – a Democratic Secretary of State from California, a Republican Secretary of State from Iowa – we’re working with everyone. It’s been a really cool experience over the past three and a half years. We’ve taken some blocks during and after 2016, but – it brought us back.” Our commitment is really to this partisan – quasi-political – partnership for election security and making sure 2020 is as secure as possible. “
Jordan Farahi and Romelu Oliver contributed to this report.