Donald Trump’s allegations of mass election fraud have been called ‘pranks’ by a former senior cybersecurity official – in his first comments since being sacked by the president for declaring the election the most sure of American history.
Chris Krebs, the former director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, appeared on CBS 60 Minutes for his first interview since his dismissal by Trump.
And he criticized the president’s claims that America’s voting machines are being manipulated by foreign countries as “baseless”.
Sidney Powell, a Trump lawyer let down by Trump’s legal team this week, had put forward a conspiracy theory that electoral systems created in Venezuela at the behest of late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez helped rock the US election to Democratic President-elect Joe Biden.
Christopher Krebs, the top federal cybersecurity official who was sacked by the president, said Trump’s allegations that the election was entangled in a foreign country were “ludicrous”
Krebs’ interview came in reaction to allegations by Trump’s legal team that votes were being compiled in foreign countries
There is no evidence that the voting machines were manipulated by foreign actors, said Chris Krebs, the former director of the Agency for Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security, in his first interview since the president Trump sacked him.
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Powell and others also alleged that the voting machines reversed Trump’s votes to Biden and that some American voting information was stored on servers in Germany.
“So all the votes – all the votes in the United States of America are counted in the United States of America,” Krebs said in an excerpt that aired on CBS Evening News. “I don’t… I don’t understand that statement. All votes in the United States of America are counted in the United States of America. Period.’
The full 60-minute interview will air on Sunday. Krebs was sacked by Trump on November 17 after calling the election “the safest in American history.”
Krebs was the head of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. Trump and Krebs pictured shaking hands in the Oval Office in November 2018
President Donald Trump announced on November 17 that he had sacked top US security official Christopher Krebs (above). Krebs heads the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency of the Department of Homeland Security
Sidney Powell, a Trump lawyer on secondment to Trump’s legal team this week, presented a conspiracy theory of electoral systems created in Venezuela at the behest of the late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez helped rock the US election to the Democratic President-elect Joe Biden
“I think these – we can go on and on with all the outlandish claims of interference in the 2020 election, but the proof is in the ballots,” Krebs said.
“The recounts are consistent with the initial tally, and for me, that’s further proof, it’s confirmation that the systems used in the 2020 election worked as intended, and that the American people should have a 100% confidence in their vote. “
He added, “The American people should have 100% confidence in their vote. “
Krebs’ sacking came after he declared the election to be “the safest in American history.”
Trump returned Krebs in a pair of tweets saying, “Chris Krebs’ recent statement on 2020 election security was grossly inaccurate. Twitter flagged the tweets with a warning that the allegations of voter fraud were disputed.
Trump slammed Krebs for claiming the election was secure, arguing ‘there were massive irregularities and fraud’
“There have been huge irregularities and frauds – including voting by deceased people, ballot observers banned from polling places, ‘problems’ in the voting machines that have changed … votes from Trump to Biden , late votes and many more, ”he said.
“Therefore, with immediate effect, Chris Krebs was dismissed as director of the Agency for Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security,” he added.
Less than an hour after Trump’s tweet, Krebs tweeted from his personal Twitter account, “Honored to serve. We did it well. Defend today, secure tomorrow. # Protect2020. ‘
Less than an hour after Trump’s tweet, Krebs tweeted from his personal Twitter account, “Honored to serve. We did it well. Defend today, secure Tomrorow. # Protect2020. ‘
“There is no evidence that a voting system suppressed or lost votes, altered votes or was compromised in any way,” said the Kreb agency, joined by a coalition of groups of security.
While Krebs has garnered bipartisan praise for his handling of the election, he has drawn the wrath of Trump’s White House over a CISA-run website dubbed “Rumor Control,” which debunks election misinformation.
Speaking about his sacking, Krebs said it came as no shock.
“I don’t know if I was necessarily surprised. This is not how I wanted to go out. I think I… what bothers me the most is that I haven’t had a chance to say goodbye to my team. And I had worked with them for three and a half years, in the trenches. Build an agency, put CISA on the national scene. And I love this team. And I haven’t had a chance to say goodbye, so that’s what bothers me the most, ”Krebs said.
Biden won the election with 306 constituency votes versus Trump’s 232. He leads Trump by more than six million votes in the popular vote.
Trump and his lawyers continue to allege, without evidence, that the election was stolen through widespread fraud and that Trump is the winner.
Trump said Thursday he would leave the White House if the electoral college votes for Biden.