Lofgren Statement on Trump Firing of CISA Director Krebs

Nov 17, 2020
Press Release

San Jose, Calif. - Committee on House Administration Chairperson Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) today issued the following statement after the President fired Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Director Chris Krebs in a pair of tweets:

“Chris Krebs has been an important public servant and a resource to state and local election administrators across the nation.  His efforts to thwart foreign interference in our elections systems, combat misinformation campaigns, and harden our elections infrastructure’s cybersecurity capabilities throughout several of the most challenging elections in modern history has been commendable.

“The circumstances of Director Krebs’ termination are deeply troubling.  The President’s baseless claims of ‘massive improprieties and fraud’ occurring during the general election have been forcefully refuted by our nation’s leading computer scientists, election security experts, and the Elections Infrastructure Government Coordinating Council and the Elections Infrastructure Sector Coordinating Executive Committees, who have stated definitely that there ‘is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised.’  In fact, they determined that the ‘November 3rd election was the most secure in American history.’  To suggest otherwise is entirely belied by the facts – even the Trump campaign’s own lawyers in court have abandoned any legal argument that the 2020 elections were tainted by fraud.

“Allowing the President to continue systematically dismantling our natxon’s national security and cybersecurity apparatus creates a tremendous void atop our government’s cybersecurity chain of command.  This will harm our nation’s election administrators who continue to tabulate ballots, conduct post-election audits, and prepare for critical runoff elections in several states.  Now is no time to allow a lame duck President to soothe his wounded ego by exacting personal revenge over perceived slights and an obdurate inability to accept the truth—that he decisively lost a free and fair election.  It’s time for my Republican colleagues to stand up and speak out against this wanton abuse of Presidential power.”

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116th Congress