Department of Homeland Security official Chris Krebs, former director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, has been fired by Donald Trump. The firing was announced on Twitter Tuesday evening, with Trump characterizing Krebs’ recent statements regarding election fraud as “highly inaccurate.”
Krebs’ agency released a statement Tuesday affirming that the 2020 presidential election was secure from any outside cyberattacks. Mr. Trump, who lost reelection to challenger Joe Biden, has insisted without evidence that there was widespread voter fraud that led to his defeat in the election.
Neither Trump nor his legal team have produced evidence to back these claims, and numerous court cases in states with close counts have been tossed out by judges for this lack of evidence.
While Biden remains President-Elect, Trump is going through the motions of contesting the official vote count without sufficient evidence to overturn the election results.
Trump’s tweet alleges that Krebs was “highly inaccurate” in his assessment that the election was fair and that there was no evidence of tampering with the vote.
“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,” Trump tweeted.
“Therefore, effective immediately, Chris Krebs has been terminated as Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.”
Trump’s firing of Krebs drew criticism from lawmakers, as the cybersecurity specialist was popular among both Republicans and Democrats.
“Christopher Krebs got fired because he did his job to protect our elections and stood up to Trump’s conspiracy theories,” Tweeted Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren. “This is a disgusting abuse of power by a weak and desperate President who undermines our democracy and national security.”
Senator Richard Burr, a Republican from North Carolina, tweeted that Krebs did “a remarkable job during a challenging time,” and went on to commend the “creative and innovative campaign CISA developed to promote cybersecurity should serve as a model for other government agencies.”
Meanwhile, the number two official with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, Deputy Director Matt Travis, resigned following Krebs’ firing. Reports indicate Travis did so when acting DHS head Chad Wolf made it clear that Travis himself would not be assuming control of the CISA.