The Department of Homeland Security’s acting Secretary Chad Wolf has defied an order by President Trump to fire cybersecurity official Christopher Krebs.
According to multiple sources who spoke to the New York Post, the White House instructed Wolf to terminate Krebs on Wednesday ahead of his statement openly dismissing claims of voter fraud in the US 2020 election, declaring on Thursday that the “November 3rd election was the most secure in American history.”
“He gave us a bunch of reasons why he didn’t want to do it and he said no,” a senior White House official told the Post. “If anything, Chad is carrying Krebs’ water.”
Another official backed up those claims. Both officials told the Post that there was no ambiguity that the order came down from President Trump, who is contesting Biden’s declarations of victory due to narrow unofficial losses in crucial swing states like Michigan, Georgia, and Pennsylvania.
“Honestly, it was the president saying, ‘What the heck is this guy doing? He’s giving me grief before the election and now he’s saying there’s nothing wrong in the world?'” the White House official told the Post.
Krebs, who has led the DHS’ Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), previously served as an executive with Microsoft. His agency recently launched a “Rumor Control” website to debunk claims of voter fraud.
Another senior official expressed concern over the fact that Krebs employs a Barack Obama appointee, Matt Masterson, as his senior advisor for election security. The official described Masterson as “Anonymous’ best friend.” Anonymous recently outed himself as former DHS staffer Miles Taylor.
“It’s not surprising that Wolf would be protecting someone who worked closely with him under Nielsen along with Anonymous. It kinda makes you wonder if they’re putting the resistance ahead of the president they are supposed to be serving,” he said.
According to insiders speaking to the Post, Krebs told associates that he believes he will be fired, and some of his detractors believe he’s doing his best to get terminated, potentially to boost future career opportunities in a potential Biden administration. On Twitter, Krebs has retweeted a message urging people not to spread “wild and baseless claims about voting machines, even if they’re made by the president.”
President Trump does not need Wolf’s consent to dismiss Krebs, and may use his unilateral power to enact the termination.