Pelosi Statement on Trump Firing of Top Election Security Official

November 17, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after the President fired Christopher Krebs, the Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency in the United States Department of Homeland Security:

“Director Krebs is a deeply respected cybersecurity expert who worked diligently to safeguard our elections, support state and local election officials and dispel dangerous misinformation.  Yet, instead of rewarding this patriotic service, the President has fired Director Krebs for speaking truth to power and rejecting Trump’s constant campaign of election falsehoods.

“The President’s insistence on distracting and dividing the country by denying his defeat in the election undermines our democracy.  As the Election Infrastructure Government Coordinating Council Executive Committee and the Election Infrastructure Sector Coordinating Council — composed of the top nonpartisan election security officials in the country — stated last week, ‘There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised… we can assure you we have the utmost confidence in the security and integrity of our elections, and you should too.’

“Instead of stooping to this dangerous and shameful charade, Trump needs to get serious about crushing the accelerating pandemic that has killed nearly 250,000 Americans, infected over 11 million people in our country and devastated the livelihoods of tens of millions more.”