Donald Trump fires official who refuted poll fraud claim

Christopher Krebs

Christopher Krebs

Numerous claims made by Trump concerning the election have already been disproven by experts while, in many cases, the President has made such accusations without providing any evidence.

"Therefore, effective immediately, Chris Krebs has been terminated as Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency", the president announced on Twitter.

"59 election security experts all agree, "in every case of which we are aware, these claims either have been unsubstantiated or are technically incoherent", he wrote.

As we noted last week, it was widely expected that sooner or later Donald Trump would turn is post-election temper tantrum towards Chris Krebs, the widely respected director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).

"There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised", said the statement, which is based on an assessment joined by a coalition of election security groups, including the National Association of State Election Directors.

While some Republicans have accepted that Joe Biden will be the next president, Trump has continued to declare he won the vote - a standoff that has delayed transition efforts by Biden.

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Affidavits filed as part of lawsuits in some states showed poll observers and election workers attesting to fraud, including the counting of mysterious ballots arriving in vehicles with out-of-state license plates, and votes for Trump being counted for Biden.

Shortly after Trump's announcement, Krebs tweeted: "Honored to serve. Defend Today, Secure Tomrorow [sic]".

Oga Trump no agree say Joe Biden win am for di USA election, and don make some kain claims without prove of "massive" voter fraud.

He was sacked by Trump after publicly contradicting the president's false claims that the election was stolen from him. He was instrumental in us having one of the most secure elections in history despite bad actors trying to influence our elections.

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, told reporters on Capitol Hill that while Trump had a right to fire Krebs,"I think it just adds to the confusion and chaos".

Mr. Krebs, 43, a former Microsoft executive, has been hailed in recent days for his two years preparing states for the challenges of the vote, hardening systems against Russian interference and setting up a "rumor control" website to guard against disinformation.

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