Former administration official responsible for cybersecurity who was sacked by Donald Trump told Senate committee it was “dangerous” for elected officials to champion unfounded attacks on the 2020 election .
Christopher Krebs, who headed the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, told the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs that such attacks risked undermining public confidence in the democratic process.
Following the hearing, Donald Trump tweeted an attack on Mr. Krebs, claiming he had been “excoriated” and “proven wrong.”
Mr Krebs was the only witness called by Democrats on the commission to counter allegations by supporters of the president that were either unfounded or had already been sent to court – many of which the president continued to mention in his tweet .
In his testimony, Mr. Krebs said, “I think we are past the point where we need to have conversations about the outcome of this election. I think the continued attacks on democracy and the outcome of this election, which only serve to undermine confidence in the process, are ultimately corrosive to the institutions that support elections.
Wednesday’s hearing was called by Homeland Security Senate Speaker Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, just a day after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell acknowledged Joe Biden as president-elect and Kamala Harris is Vice President-Elect.
Mr Johnson has claimed he is not disputing the outcome of the election, just that he thinks it is worth considering whether the level of fraud will change the election, CNN reports.
He then admitted that the dozens of court cases between November 3 and Monday’s electoral college vote collectively concluded that would not be the case.
Besides Mr. Krebs, other witnesses included Ken Starr, one of the President’s impeachment attorneys; James Troupis, who represented the Trump campaign in Wisconsin; Jesse Binnall, who was the Nevada campaign lawyer; and GOP Pennsylvania State Representative Francis Ryan.
They had a period of almost three hours to voice baseless grievances and discredited conspiracy theories.
Senator Gary Peters of Michigan, the committee’s top Democrat, called the hearing “destructive.”
“Whether intentional or not, this hearing provides a platform for conspiracy theories and lies, and it’s a destructive exercise that has no place in the US Senate,” he said.
At one point, MM. Peters and Johnson argued, with charges of lying and damaging the commission’s reputation.
The president, meanwhile, continued to focus on the unfounded allegations of electoral fraud: “Chris Krebs was totally excoriated and was wrong during the Senate hearing on the fraudulent election of 2020. Massive FRAUD has taken place. took place with machines, people voting from out of state, illegals, dead, no signatures – and much more!
There is no evidence to support these claims and Twitter has flagged the tweet as disputed.
At other times in the hearing, Mr. Trump tweeted his support for Ken Starr saying that Pennsylvania had “flagrantly violated” laws before the election; and for Mr Johnson for doing “an excellent job” claiming that Nevada should be “returned” based on the testimony presented “.
In his prepared remarks, Mr. Krebs did not mention the president’s name, but he did speak of the “current wild and baseless national claims of hackers and malicious algorithms reversing the vote in states across the country in because of links to deceased foreign dictators. to confuse, frighten and ultimately undermine confidence in the elections ”.
Mr Krebs added: “Although the elections were messy at times, it was a safe election, I have no doubt.”