Donald Trump fires election cybersecurity director Christopher Krebs

Richard Lawler
·Senior News Editor
·2 min read
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Chad Wolf (L) and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Director Christopher Krebs speak to reporters at CISA’s Election Day Operation Center on Super Tuesday in Arlington, Virginia, U.S., March 3, 2020.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Chad Wolf (L) and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Director Christopher Krebs speak to reporters at CISA’s Election Day Operation Center on Super Tuesday in Arlington, Virginia, U.S., March 3, 2020.

Several days ago, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency — a section of the Department of Homeland Security that, among other things, works on election security — issued a statement saying “The November 3rd election was the most secure in American history. Right now, across the country, election officials are reviewing and double checking the entire election process prior to finalizing the result. When states have close elections, many will recount ballots. All of the states with close results in the 2020 presidential race have paper records of each vote, allowing the ability to go back and count each ballot if necessary. This is an added benefit for security and resilience. This process allows for the identification and correction of any mistakes or errors. There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised.”

At the time, CISA director Christopher Krebs reportedly told people he expected President Donald Trump would fire him for undermining the president’s claim of widespread fraud in the election, and today the president tweeted that he has done just that. According to Trump, “The recent statement by Chris Krebs on the security of the 2020 Election was highly inaccurate, in that there were massive improprieties and fraud.” After the firing was announced, Krebs tweeted from his personal account “Honored to serve. We did it right.”

Under the direction of Krebs, CISA has actively pushed back against baseless rumors and conspiracy theories surrounding the election. The Rumor Control page provides factual information refuting claims spread by people including the president about things that supposedly happened November 3rd.