McHenry County Blog note: Late Tuesday, Chris Krebs’ termination as director of Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was made public by President Trump. Since Congresswoman Lauren Underwood chairs the subcommittee for Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Innovation of the House Homeland Security Committee, the Krebs dismissal falls directly within her purview.
Early Tuesday evening, President Trump tweeted the following:
“The recent statement by Chris Krebs on the security of the 2020 Election was highly inaccurate, in that there were massive improprieties and fraud – including dead people voting, 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.”President Trump tweet, 11/17/20 flagged by Twitter as in dispute
Congresswoman Underwood, in a joint statement with Homeland Security Chairman Bennie Thompson (D, MS-02) issued the following Tuesday evening:
CHAIRS THOMPSON AND UNDERWOOD STATEMENT ON TRUMP FIRING CHRIS KREBS
(WASHINGTON) – Today [November 17], Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, and Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-IL), Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, & Innovation, released the following statement after President Trump, in a series of false tweets flagged by Twitter, fired Chris Krebs, Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA):
“The President’s decision to fire Director Krebs makes America less safe. The President’s unsubstantiated tweets this evening do nothing to defend our state and local governments and critical infrastructure against malicious cyber campaigns from Russia, China, and Iran. And they do nothing to improve the security of our elections.
“The fact is that, since Election Day, President Trump has sought to delegitimize the election results by engaging in a disinformation campaign that could shatter public confidence in our elections for generations. Director Krebs put national security ahead of politics and refused to use his position to do the President’s bidding, so the President fired him. We commend Chris Krebs for refusing to cave to political pressure from the White House and instead choosing to uphold his obligations to the American people as Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.
“In firing Director Krebs for refusing to lend credibility to his baseless claims and conspiracy theories about voter fraud, the President is telling officials throughout the Administration to put his political interests ahead of their responsibilities to the American people. That is not only disturbing, it is antidemocratic.”Bennie Thompson and Lauren Underwood joint statement through House Homeland Security Committee
Late Tuesday night, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued her own statement on Krebs’ termination:
Pelosi Statement on Trump Firing of Top Election Security Official
NOVEMBER 17, 2020 PRESS RELEASE
Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after the President fired Christopher Krebs, the Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency in the United States Department of Homeland Security:
“Director Krebs is a deeply respected cybersecurity expert who worked diligently to safeguard our elections, support state and local election officials and dispel dangerous misinformation. Yet, instead of rewarding this patriotic service, the President has fired Director Krebs for speaking truth to power and rejecting Trump’s constant campaign of election falsehoods.
“The President’s insistence on distracting and dividing the country by denying his defeat in the election undermines our democracy. As the Election Infrastructure Government Coordinating Council Executive Committee and the Election Infrastructure Sector Coordinating Council — composed of the top nonpartisan election security officials in the country — stated last week, ‘There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised… we can assure you we have the utmost confidence in the security and integrity of our elections, and you should too.’”Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s statement on CISA Director Krebs’ termination 11/17/20