Donald Trump Fires Cybersecurity Chief Who Dismissed Claims Of Fraud In US Election

US President President Donald Trump on Tuesday fired the director of the federal agency that vouched for the reliability of the 2020 election.

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US President President Donald Trump on Tuesday fired the director of the federal agency that vouched for the reliability of the 2020 election.

Christopher Krebs, director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, had offered a stream of statements and tweets over the past week attesting to the integrity of the election, directly contradicting Trump’s assertions of widespread fraud.

A former Microsoft executive, Krebs ran the agency, known as CISA, from its creation in the wake of Russian interference with the 2016 election through the November election.

He won bipartisan praise as CISA coordinated federal state and local efforts to defend electoral systems from foreign or domestic interference.

Krebs has repeatedly pushed back against claims that the election was tainted. Earlier Tuesday, he tweeted out a report citing 59 election security experts saying there is no credible evidence of computer fraud in the 2020 election outcome.

Taking to Twitter, Trump wrote “effective immediately, Chris Krebs has been terminated as Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.”

Krebs, from his personal Twitter account, responded: “Honored to serve. We did it right. Defend Today, Secure Tomorrow.”

Officials with CISA and its parent agency, the Department of Homeland Security, had no immediate comment.

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