Langevin Condemns Firing of CISA Director Christopher Krebs

Nov 17, 2020 Issues: Cybersecurity

WARWICK, R.I. – Congressman Jim Langevin (RI-02), a senior member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, member of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission, and co-founder and co-chair of the Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus, decried the removal of Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Director Christopher Krebs.

“The death throes of the Trump Administration increasingly put our national security in jeopardy,” said Langevin. “Chris Krebs is a public servant of impeccable integrity. His work at CISA has drawn praise from across the political spectrum, and his team has done an exemplary job improving our election security over the past four years. It is sadly ironic that Chris’s greatest success is the reason he has been removed from office. The President’s inability to accept the election results and his lashing out at those willing to speak the truth about his lies has gone from petulant to downright dangerous.”

Krebs is CISA’s inaugural director, and he presided over the standup of the agency in 2018. He has made improving the nation’s election security in the wake of the 2016 Russian interference campaign the hallmark of his work, and CISA has operated a Rumor Control page that debunks dis- and misinformation about the 2020 election. Krebs was fired after making statements and posting content on the page that contradicted the President’s false narrative that the election has been stolen from him. The President provided no evidence to back up his assertions in the tweets announcing his firing of Krebs.

“Director Krebs’s departure opens the door for our adversaries to target us in cyberspace,” continued Langevin. “His service to the country deserves more than his firing for refusing to lie for the President. I wish Director Krebs and his family the best of luck in his future endeavors, and I hope all Americans will take a lesson from his integrity.”