A top election official who contradicted his allegations of voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election was dismissed by Donald Trump.
Following his remarks on the legitimacy of the vote, Trump fired Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (Cisa) chief Chris Krebs.
The president dismissed the director of the federal agency that vouched for the credibility of the vote, saying in a tweet that “highly inaccurate.” was his latest statement defending the safety of the election.
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The dismissal of Christopher Krebs, a Trump appointee as director of the Intelligence Agency for Cybersecurity and Infrastructure, comes at a time when Donald Trump refuses to recognize the victory of Joe Biden and dismisses senior officials considered insufficiently loyal.
On Nov. 9, as part of a wider shakeup that put Trump loyalists in high-level roles at the Pentagon, he fired Defense Secretary Mark Esper.
From its formation in the aftermath of Russian intervention in the 2016 election until the election this month, Krebs, a former Microsoft executive, headed the agency known as CISA.
As CISA directed state and local efforts to protect election processes from foreign or domestic intervention, he earned bipartisan support.
Mr. Krebs has consistently pushed back against false allegations in recent days that the election has been tainted.
He tweeted earlier on Tuesday a report citing 59 election security experts saying that there is no credible proof of computer manipulation in the outcome of the 2020 election.
U.S. Election Update:’ No proof of fraudulent voting’ says the Election Commission in the U.S. election.
Krebs replied to his dismissal from his personal Twitter account by saying, “It’s been an honor to serve. We got it right. Defend Today, Secure Tomorrow.”
He finished with the expression “Protect 2020,” which before the election was the slogan of his department.
Officials from CISA and the Department of Homeland Security, its parent agency, had no immediate comment.