Trump lawyer calls for violence against truth-telling former election cybersecurity official

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Joe DiGenova, a lawyer for Trump’s campaign, said during an appearance on “The Howie Carr Show”: “Anyone who thinks the elections went well, like that idiot Krebs who was the head of cybersecurity . This guy is a Class A jerk. It must be drawn and quartered. Went out at dawn and shot. ”

A source familiar with Trump’s election challenges said diGenova would still help Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani challenge the results of the presidential election.

CNN has contacted the White House and the Trump campaign for comment.

DiGenova and Carr did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

DiGenova’s remarks, while far more extreme than others made by White House officials during Trump’s tenure, underscore the administration’s crusade against whistleblowers and others who spoke out in opposition during the presidential term and refuse to adopt his conspiratorial vision of the election.
DiGenova’s remarks were quickly condemned Monday by the Government Accountability Project, a group of whistleblowers that warned that such threats could have a chilling effect on officials seeking to expose wrongdoing.

“Threats like these trigger an avalanche of them. They terrorize other whistleblowers to silence them. This is behavior that suits a Mafia lawyer, ”Louis Clark, executive director and chief executive officer of the group, said in a scathing statement on Monday.

Trump announced earlier in November that Krebs would be “fired” from his post as head of the cyber branch of the Department of Homeland Security “with immediate effect” because Krebs’ recent statement – in which he dismissed claims of Trump’s widespread electoral fraud – was “very inaccurate.” CNN reported before Krebs’ dismissal that he had expected the move.

The statement from the Krebs agency, as well as public and private election officials, said, “The November 3 election was the safest in American history. … There is no evidence that a voting system suppressed or lost votes, changed votes, or was compromised in any way. ”

In the run-up to the election, Krebs had often quietly disputed the president’s repeated false claims about mail-in ballots, but did everything possible not to get drawn into criticizing his boss for spreading lies.

But in the days that followed, Krebs had taken a more forceful approach, posting regularly on Twitter – often with screaming red siren emojis – fact checks on the allegations and conspiracy theories pushed by Trump, his allies and his supporters. supporters across the country.

Although states certify their results and award electoral votes to President-elect Joe Biden before the Electoral College meeting on December 14, Trump did not concede the election. Instead, he continued to falsely claim he won.

CNN’s Nikki Carvajal, Zachary Cohen, and Kaitlan Collins contributed to this report.

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