On Tuesday a U.S. election security official was fired, the official Christopher Krebs attested for the reliability of the 2020 election was fired by President Donald Trump.
Trump fired Christopher Krebs in a tweet, indicating his recent statement defending the security of the election was “highly inaccurate.”
The fact that the U.S. election security official being fired was hardly surprising.
Christopher Krebs, director of the cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, had presenting statements and tweets in the past week certifying to the integrity of the election, which was directly opposing President Trump’s false accusations of widespread fraud without mentioning the president by name.
President trump had earlier fired Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Nov. 9, which has put Trump loyalists in senior Pentagon positions.
Christopher Krebs has repeatedly refuted against false claims that the election was imperfect. Earlier Tuesday, he tweeted out a report citing ’59 election security experts’ saying there is no authentic evidence of computer fraud in the 2020 election outcome.
Trump hit back on Twitter later in the day. He repeated insubstantial claims about the vote and wrote “effective immediately, Chris Krebs has been terminated as Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.”
Krebs, from his personal Twitter account, responded: “Honored to serve. We did it right. Defend Today, Secure Tomorrow.” He closed with the phrase “Protect 2020,” which had been his agency’s slogan ahead of the election.
Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., chairman of the House intelligence committee, assailed Trump for “retaliating against Director Krebs and other officials who did their duty. It’s pathetic, but sadly predictable that upholding and protecting our democratic processes would be cause for firing.”
Krebs kept a low profile even as he has voiced confidence ahead of the November vote and, afterward, knocked down allegations that the count was tainted by fraud.
CISA issued statements dismissing claims that large numbers of dead people could vote or that someone could change results without detection.
It also distributed a statement from a coalition of federal and state officials concluding and confirming that there was no evidence that votes were compromised in the Nov. 3 election and that the vote was the most secure in American history.
Krebs avoided ever directly criticizing the president and tried to stay above the political fight, even as he worked to contradict misinformation coming from the president and his supporters. “It’s not our job to fact check the president,” he said at a briefing with reporters on the eve of the election.
California secretary of state Alex Padilla said that Krebs removal is a “disturbing sign for American government”
“Chris Krebs has been an accessible, reliable partner for elections officials across the country, and across party lines, as we have fortified our cyber defenses since 2016,” Alex said. “Our elections infrastructure has become stronger because of leaders like Chris Krebs and in spite of the actions and lies coming from the White House.”
“It’s a shame if someone with his talent is all of a sudden, muzzled,” Thompson said. “I have not seen a partisan bone in his body. He’s been a consummate professional.”
“Chris Krebs and CISA have done so well under his leadership because he and his team have kept their heads down and done the job they were tasked with doing and not gotten caught up in partisan politics,” Rep. Jim Langevin said.