Attempts to refute the false claims coming from US President Donald Trump and his supporters have been dismissed by the Trump administration, state President Donald Trump and his supporters.
On Thursday, Chris Krebs, who runs the cyber arm of the Homeland Security Department, The election expert retweeted People are being called to ignore “wild and baseless arguments … even if they are made by the President”. It’s not his own tweet, but it’s his own administration that has reprimanded Trump for refusing to accept the race for president – elect Joe Biden.
An hour later, Krebs Agency, the cybersecurity and infrastructure security agency, along with state and private election officials, issued a statement that so far has largely ignored the president’s claims: “There is no evidence that any voting system has been removed or lost. Votes have been altered or no Compromised in any way, “they wrote in a statement.
Prior to the election, Krebs often heard the president repeatedly make false claims about mail-in ballots, but got out of his way to avoid criticizing his employer for spreading lies. In the days leading up to the election, Krebs adopted a more powerful approach of regularly posting on Twitter – often blaming red siren emojis – for the actual checks of claims and conspiracy theories surrounding Trump, his friends and supporters.
A conspiracy theory that originated online about the CIA supercomputer that turned Trump’s votes into biden has been called “fake” and “nonsense” by Krebs, who linked back to the CISA’s “rumor control” page where they made persistent false claims.
“It’s not a real thing, don’t fall for it,” Krebs wrote. By then it had been mentioned on a Fox program hosted by Trump supporter Lou Dobbs and reappeared on Fox & Friends, shortly after which the President called regularly.
On Thursday, Trump followed Dominion Voting Systems, a technology company, in an All-Caps tweet in Pennsylvania saying they had “changed 435,000 votes from Trump to bid.” The day before, Krebs had highlighted the rumor control post: “Every state has voting system security to ensure that every ballot cast in an election can be counted correctly.”
Krebs quickly responded when the president posted a video of election workers removing ballots from a drop box in Los Angeles the day after voting ended: Voting ended with a message questioning legitimacy: “Did this come to our country?
Krebs then tweeted the LA County president’s response that what the video showed was actually legal. The night before the drop box was locked and the ballots were taken out.
Krebs believes he can be fired
Multiple sources said Krebs had a target on his back and hoped to remove him. That expectation was further heightened after two senior DHS officers, including one of Krebs’ aides, were forced to resign on Thursday because, according to one source, they appeared to be “anti-Trump”.
On Friday, Krebs was at a virtual morning meeting, a DHS source said, adding that so far it was “business as usual”.
As CISA’s first director, Krebs was responsible for widely appreciating the department’s cybersecurity efforts and increasing coordination with state and local governments. He served as one of the most important federal national security officers to oversee the election, which went very smoothly through all accounts. Foreign opponents were unable to influence the vote, and Sisa said it was “the safest election in American history” and, according to a broad group of American and private election officials.
So shooting Krebs, “crossing the red line” and setting alarm bells across the national security apparatus.
A state election official said they were watching to see what would happen to Krebs. “Needless to say, this is not a good thing,” they told CNN.
The rumors about Krebs’ future came after reports that many of the Pentagon’s senior civil servants had been replaced by officials loyal to the president, and that Trump was growing frustrated with CIA Director Gina Haspel.
Trump was fired via tweet – as the former defense secretary was this week – for standing up for election truth and strength, igniting Krebs’ image, whether he wants to join the Biden administration or the private sector, colleagues say.
Some in the DHS were disappointed at Krebs
The pushback that Kreb repeatedly made about the President’s lies has disappointed some in that section.
“Krebs is actively trying to get rid of it,” a senior administration official told CNN. “This is selfishness and distraction from the good work the DHS has done in the field of electoral security.”
The CISA and DHS declined to comment on the story.
Krebs often says that “Speed Kills” are aimed at eliminating false claims and eliminating them. The CISA and the FBI made a suggestion before the election that foreign opponents would fill the post-election space to sow chaos and further divisions.
Instead, experts say, most of the information is domestic and not just from the right-wing corners of the Internet where Trump is popular, the White House.
“He did a very good job,” said President George W. Bush. Bush’s Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said on Monday that he would recommend keeping Krebs in his role by switching to the Biden administration.
If Krebs is removed, it will “show again how little this administration cares about preserving our democracy,” California Foreign Secretary Alex Padilla told Democrats Thursday.
“You need respectable, competent leaders like Krebs,” Padilla said, “especially as votes are still being counted and audited.”