Surprise shakeup at DHS cybersecurity unit
- By FederalSoup Staff
- Nov 18, 2020
Turmoil within the upper reaches of the Trump administration continues in the aftermath of the president's continuing upset and pushback over the failure of recounts and court filings to alter the result of the recent presidential election--an election that, though not yet certified, he has lost according to news reports and state elections officials.
The latest is a shake-up at the Department of Homeland Security--with the removal of Chris Krebs, the man in charge of securing the nation's elections--in particular, against foreign or domestic hacking or fraud.
President Trump fired Krebs--with the public announcement coming, as is frequently the case, via Twitter--on Nov. 15. The reported cause? The president claims--to date, with no proof--that in many states the election was riddled with fraud, contrary to Krebs' and other security officials finding that it was the most secure in American history.
"[E]ffective immediately, Chris Krebs has been terminated as the Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency," the president wrote in the tweet.
The president has made reference to various claims of fraud and "lost" ballots, none of which have been substantiated by state and federal election officials.
"There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised," the DHS unit said in a joint statement
with other election security organizations Nov. 12.
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, often called by its acronym CISA, employs several thousand feds and has a budget of over $3 billion, with a mission to improve cybersecurity across all levels of government, including elections. Krebs was its first director.