YOU’RE FIRED: Trump turfs top U.S. election cybersecurity official via Twitter
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Among other things, one Krebs associate said the White House was angry about a post rejecting a conspiracy theory that falsely claimed an intelligence agency supercomputer and program, purportedly named Hammer and Scorecard, could have flipped votes nationally. No such system exists, according to Krebs, election security experts and former U.S. officials.
The Biden campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment. But Trump’s move was quickly slammed by security officials and White House critics.
“Krebs was doing important work defending critical infrastructure and fighting disinformation,” said Harri Hursti, a leading critic of voting machine security. “His firing is very disappointing and appears to be an attempt to undermine the great work he and others at DHS/CISA have been doing.”
Democrat Adam Schiff, who heads the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, 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.”
Independent Senator Angus King said Trump was “firing Mr. Krebs for simply doing his job.”
“I hope that President-elect Biden will recognize Chris’s contributions, and consult with him as the Biden administration charts the future of this critically important agency,” King said.
Senator Ben Sasse, who has been a Trump critic, was among the first Republicans to push back against the decision. He said in a statement: “Chris Krebs did a really good job — as state election officials all across the nation will tell you — and he obviously should not be fired.”