Krebs emphasizes security of the election as senators butt heads

Christopher Krebs, the nation’s former top cybersecurity official, told lawmakers Wednesday that he stands by his statements that the 2020 election was secure and safe from interference while warning against further attacks against the outcome as senators locked horns over the issue.

“While elections are sometimes messy, this was a secure election, of that I have no doubt,” Krebs, who served as the director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), testified before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee during a hearing on election security.

Krebs was fired by President Trump last month after CISA, which is the key agency involved in coordinating election security, took steps to address disinformation and misinformation around the election, including by setting up a “rumor control page” and issuing a statement with election officials describing the 2020 election as the “most secure in American history.”

Wednesday’s hearing took place two days after the Electoral College voted to certify President-elect Joe Biden‘s win in the presidential election, with Krebs calling on elected officials to stop casting doubt on election results for the sake of democracy.