President Donald Trump on Tuesday fired Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) director Christopher Krebs who had rejected the chief executive’s claims of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 U.S. election.
In a series of tweets about election security, Trump said Krebs’ termination was “effective immediately.”
“The recent statement by Chris Krebs on the security of the 2020 Election was highly inaccurate, in that there were massive improprieties and fraud – including dead people voting, Poll Watchers not allowed into polling locations, “glitches” in the voting machines which changed votes from Trump to Biden, late voting, and many more,” he said.
The tweets were flagged by Twitter as “disputed.”
…votes from Trump to Biden, late voting, and many more. Therefore, effective immediately, Chris Krebs has been terminated as Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 18, 2020
CISA declares Nov. 3 election is the “most secure in American history”
Krebs served as Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, a branch of the DHS tasked to protect the 2020 election from fraud and hacks.
President Trump’s announcement comes in the wake of a recent joint statement from CISA and other committees that declared the Nov. 3 vote as the “most secure in American history.”
“There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised,” they said in a statement on Nov. 12. “While we know there are many unfounded claims and opportunities for misinformation about the process of our elections, we can assure you we have the utmost confidence in the security and integrity of our elections, and you should too.”
California Rep. Ted Lieu immediately took to Twitter to blast President Trump, saying there was no reason for the Trump appointee to lie “when he concluded the elections were secure and fair.” He added, “@realDonaldTrump fired Krebs for telling the truth. @POTUS can keep firing people, but he can’t change the fact that he lost the presidential election.”
Chris Krebs is a Trump appointee. There was no reason for Krebs to lie when he concluded the elections were secure and fair. @realDonaldTrump fired Krebs for telling the truth. @POTUS can keep firing people, but he can’t change the fact that he lost the presidential election. https://t.co/GA3x8d3UB4
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) November 18, 2020
Meanwhile, Republican Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska and a member of the Intelligence Committee issued a statement saying that the president shouldn’t have fired Krebs.
He said, “Chris Krebs did a really good job — as state election officials all across the nation will tell you — and he obviously should not be fired.”
President Trump has refused to concede to President-elect Joe Biden. The Trump campaign has mounted a legal defense to challenge the election results. Despite some setbacks in courts, the campaign’s legal defense team led by Rudy Giuliani believes there is massive fraud in the battleground states to change the outcome of the election.
“The Trump campaign has amassed a significant amount of evidence of voter fraud from the November 3rd election and we continue to collect information. We continue to do everything possible to uncover and combat this fraud, so every lawful vote is counted and every unlawful vote is not counted,” said Giuliani in a statement.
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