President Donald Trump on Tuesday fired the director of the federal agency that vouched for the reliability of the 2020 election.
Trump fired Christopher Krebs in a tweet, saying his recent statement defending the security of the election was “highly inaccurate.”
President Trump said on Twitter that Christopher Krebs had been terminated “effective immediately,” citing what he claimed to be a “highly inaccurate” recent statement by the cyber chief about the security of the 2020 election. President Trump also said 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,” the president wrote. “Therefore, effective immediately, Chris Krebs has been terminated as Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.”
President Trump has through his Twitter account backed a theory that Dominion Voting System, a voting software company used in several states, switched votes from him to Biden.
The dismissal of Christopher Krebs, director of DHS’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, follows the agency’s declaration that the general election was the most secure in U.S. history.
‘Chris Krebs is trying to make himself a resistance hero’
Chris Krebs, a former Microsoft executive, led CISA since 2017 and recently launched a “Rumor Control” website to debunk claims of voter fraud. A CISA panel declared Thursday that the “November 3rd election was the most secure in American history,” rejecting Trump’s claims of widespread fraud.
One source told New York Post there was internal concern that Christopher Krebs employed an appointee of President Barack Obama, Matt Masterson, as his senior adviser for election security.
“Chad was asked by the president to fire Anonymous’ best friend and he’s refusing,” a senior administration official told The Post last week. Taylor did not respond to a request for comment from The Post about whether Krebs is indeed a friend.
The New York Post report:
Trump allies also noted Krebs’ decision to host an election night gathering at a northern Virginia office building — described by a detractor as a “watch party.” A document reviewed by The Post indicates it was attended by two staffers of Dominion Voting Systems, whose platform miscounted some Michigan votes.
Christopher Krebs told associates last week he believed he would be fired, according to reports, and some detractors believed he was trying his best to get terminated — potentially to boost future career opportunities. Some administration officials questioned whether firing him would give him what he wanted.
On Thursday, Krebs retweeted a message urging people not to circulate “wild and baseless claims about voting machines, even if they’re made by the president.”
“Christopher Krebs is trying to make himself a resistance hero, obviously,” the senior administration official told The Post.
What to know about Chris Krebs
Before his appointment as the first director of CISA, Christopher Krebs served as the DHS’ assistant secretary for Infrastructure Protection.
Afterward, Christopher Krebs moved to Microsoft focussing on the company’s cybersecurity and technology policy.
Christopher Krebs joined DHS in March 2017, first serving as a senior adviser on cybersecurity and infrastructure protection.
In his role as CISA director, Christopher Krebs was tasked with safeguarding national cyber networks along with maintaining the country’s essential operations in the face of increasing attempts by foreign adversaries to disrupt the government.
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