President Donald Trump on Tuesday fired a top Homeland Security official who repeatedly debunked the president’s unfounded claims about fraud in the election, CNN reports.
Trump announced on Twitter that he fired Chris Krebs, the head of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.
The firing came after Krebs said in a statement that there "is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised."
"The recent statement by Chris Krebs on the security of the 2020 Election was highly inaccurate, in that there were massive improprieties and fraud,” Trump wrote in a post Twitter quickly flagged as “disputed.”
"Therefore, effective immediately, Chris Krebs has been terminated as Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency,” he added.
CNN reported last week that Krebs expected to be fired for “telling the truth.”
"Honored to serve,” he wrote after learning of his firing on Twitter. “We did it right. Defend Today, Secure Tomrorow. #Protect2020."
Krebs’ deputy quits:
CISA Deputy Director Matt Travis resigned after Krebs’ firing after the White House “made clear he would not take the helm at CISA.”
Trump instead designated Executive Director Brandon Wales as acting director of the agency.
A source described Wales as a "career former chief of staff, and counselor, who is highly respected by everyone."
Krebs, too, had been widely praised for revamping the DHS cybersecurity efforts.
CISA declared last week that it was “the most secure election in American history.”
Democrats say Trump endangering US:
Democrats decried the firing.
"By firing Mr. Krebs for simply doing his job, President Trump is inflicting severe damage on all Americans -- who rely on CISA's defenses, even if they don't know it,” said Sen. Angus King. "If there's any silver lining in this unjust decision, it's this: 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.”
House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff called the firing “pathetic.”
"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," Schiff said.