Christopher Krebs has been fired “effective immediately.” President Trump said he “terminated” Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) chief Chris Krebs for his “highly inaccurate” remarks on vote integrity. Like many others fired by Mr Trump, Mr Krebs reportedly only learned he was out of a job when he saw the president’s tweet on Tuesday. Krebs was among senior officials from the Department of Homeland Security who last week declared the 3 November US general election the “most secure in American history”, while rejecting “unfounded claims”. His analysis of accusations of mass voter fraud is simple to summarise: there is no evidence of mass voter fraud. Mr Krebs’ dismissal brought outrage from Democrats.
A spokesman for President-elect Joe Biden said “Chris Krebs should be commended for his service in protecting our elections, not fired for telling the truth”. In statements Tuesday evening, lawmakers criticized Krebs’ ousting. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called the firing a “dangerous and shameful charade.” Mr Trump’s campaign and its allies have filed a barrage of lawsuits in battleground states contesting the results. All outstanding election disputes nationwide must be resolved by 8 December. Judges have rejected many Trump campaign lawsuits until now.