At a Wednesday hearing of the Senate Homeland Security Committee focusing on election-related security concerns, ex-Department of Homeland Security official Chris Krebs sternly refuted the conspiracy theories that President Donald Trump and his allies have been slinging in the time since Election Day. No legitimate evidence has emerged that substantiates the claim that systematic fraud plagued the recently concluded presidential race, but Trump and his allies have pushed false claims to the contrary anyway. On Wednesday, Krebs insisted that he stood by a Department of Homeland Security statement insisting that this year’s election was the “most secure in American history” — which Trump fired him over.
Formerly, Trump had appointed Krebs to lead the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. On Wednesday, discussing the previous statement attesting to the security of the election, Krebs said as follows in response to a couple of questions from Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.), the top Democrat on the Homeland Security Committee:
‘I’m yet to see anything from a security perspective… that would change my opinion on that. Fraud is a different matter; it’s a criminal matter, but again, bolstered by the attorney general’s statement from last week or recently, again — nothing to change my opinion of that matter… I think, generally from a timing perspective, particularly with the seating of the electoral college and 306 electoral votes for President-elect Biden, I think we’re past the point where we need to be having conversations about the outcome of this election. I think that continued assaults on democracy and the outcome of this election that only serve to undermine confidence in the process [are] ultimately… corrosive to the institutions that support elections, and going forward, it will be that much harder.’
Check out comments from Krebs below:
Krebs: "That's why it's so important to have a paper trail & paper ballots. So even if there was foreign interference of a malicious algorithm nature, you can go back to the receipts. You can check your math, and Georgia did that 3 times & the outcomes were consistent." pic.twitter.com/1Rq4FYnCsO
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) December 16, 2020
At a later point in the same hearing, Krebs took on a report that Trump allies have promoted that purportedly shows evidence of an attempt to wipe data from an election management system machine. In reality, Krebs explained, the data that this report presents merely shows what could easily be an ordinary function, because the individuals promoting the report apparently failed to grasp the programming language that the machine ran on. This point is basic, but the Trump-allied individuals “misinterpreted the language in what they saw,” Krebs explained. Over and over, basic fact-checks have exposed so-called evidence of election fraud as based in brazen ignorance.
Condemning the reckless anti-democratic rhetoric from top Republicans, Krebs added as follows on Wednesday:
‘The citizens of the United States of America that are responsible for executing this sacred democratic institution of elections are being threatened on a daily basis. You name it — whether it’s emails, whether it’s phone calls, whether it’s people showing up at your house: I know this is not an America I recognize, and it’s gotta stop. We need everyone across the leadership ranks to stand up. I would appreciate more support from my own party, the Republican Party, to call this stuff out and end it. We gotta move on. We have a president-elect in President-elect Biden. We have to move on.’
Check out Krebs’s comments below:
Ron Johnson looks like he has indigestion as Krebs denounces Republican election fraud lies that have resulted in him and other officials receiving threats pic.twitter.com/hVjVwp1rVN
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) December 16, 2020
Trump continues to refuse to acknowledge the reality of his loss, claiming — without meaningful supporting evidence — that fraudsters rigged the election against him.
This week, after the electoral college confirmed Biden’s win, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) finally acknowledged Biden’s victory, marking another defector from Trump’s most outrageous rhetoric.