Trump Fires Top Cybersecurity Official, And Members Of Congress Don’t Agree

( President Donald Trump continues to make moves among department leadership.

On Tuesday night, he announced that America’s top cybersecurity official, Christopher Krebs, was being terminated from his position “effectively immediately.”

Krebs was appointed by Trump to serve as the director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, a wing of the Department of Homeland Security that was created in 2018. He told other officials last week that he was expecting to be fired by Trump, though, after he attracted attention regarding the claims of fraud and security concerns surrounding the presidential election.

Last week, CISA released a statement that said this year’s election was “the most secure in American history.” It dispelled any assertion that voting was compromised in any way. This, of course, goes in direct contrast to what President Trump has been saying.

Officials within CISA said:

“There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised.”

That statement from Krebs’ department is what apparently rubbed Trump the wrong way. In response, the president said CISA’s statement was “highly inaccurate.” He also said, “there were massive improprieties and fraud — including dead people voting.”

Trump tweeted:

“Poll Watchers not allowed into polling locations, ‘glitches’ in the voting machines which changed 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.”

On his personal Twitter account following the news of his firing, Krebs wrote that he was “honored to serve,” adding, “We did it right. Defend Today, Secure Tomorrow.”

Democrats in Congress reacted harshly to the news that Krebs had been fired. The vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Mark Warner from Virginia, tweeted:

“Chris Krebs is an extraordinary public servant and exactly the person Americans want protecting the security of our elections. It speaks volumes that the president chose to fire him simply for telling the truth.”

And Adam Schiff from California, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said Krebs’ removal was “pathetic.” In a statement, he said:

“Throughout this election, the CISA and Director Krebs have worked diligently to safeguard our elections, provide vital support to state and local election officials, and inform the American people about what was true and what was not. In the best tradition of government service, they spoke truth to power and helped keep Americans and our institutions safe.

“Instead of rewarding this great service, President Trump is 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.”

It wasn’t just Democrats that didn’t agree with the decision, though. Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse was not on board. In a statement, he said:

“Chris Krebs did a reall good job — as state election officials all across the nation will tell you — and he obviously should not be fired. I’m particularly grateful for the work he did on the Cyber Solarium Commission to help the nation prepare for the future of war.”