A federal civil servant was relieved of his responsibility to maintain national public security after he opposed the president’s position on the voting system’s integrity.
The Trump administration swiftly dismissed Chris Krebs from his duties as director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) at the Department of Homeland Security, after he released a statement that was at odds with the Oval Office’s view that fraud took place in the presidential election.
Krebs described the Nov. 3 election as the “most secure in American history.”
“There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised,” he said in the offending statement. “While we know there are many unfounded claims and opportunities for misinformation about the process of our elections, we can assure you we have the utmost confidence in the security and integrity of our elections, and you should too.”
However, President Donald Trump believes Democratic rival Joe Biden and his supporters tried to win the presidential election by allegedly counting postal votes that arrived late, ballots from deceased voters, and other highly questionable methods.
“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,” the president said on Twitter.
Since Krebs had already been briefed on these concerns and still directly disobeyed the president, he lost his job for insubordination.
“Therefore, effective immediately, Chris Krebs has been terminated as director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency,” the president said.
Despite his spectacular fall from grace, Krebs continued to defy the Oval Office and maintained he should have been allowed to continue his insubordinate behavior without facing any consequences at the department.
“[I was] honored to serve, we did it right,” he said on Twitter. “Defend today, secure tomorrow. Protect 2020.”
Reuters revealed Krebs already knew his employment would be terminated, yet he insisted on continuing his insubordinate behavior until he was ultimately fired.
The former CISA director had only worked in the top job since 2018. During this time, he championed the agency’s Rumor Control website, which fact-checked and ridiculed several Trump administration statements about the election. This website infuriated his superiors at the White House, according to Reuters.