Dismissed cybersecurity chief paves way for legal action after Trump’s campaign lawyer says execution

WASHINGTON – Christopher Krebs, who was recently ousted by President Donald Trump as head of the federal government’s election cybersecurity efforts, on Tuesday suggested taking legal action against one of Trump’s lawyers who said Krebs should be executed.

In an interview on NBC’s “TODAY,” presenter Savannah Guthrie asked Krebs how concerned he was about campaign lawyer Joe DiGenova Trump’s remarks in a Monday interview that Krebs “Class A debut. It must be drawn and quartered. He was taken out and shot at dawn.

“It’s certainly more dangerous language, much more dangerous behavior,” Krebs responded. “And the way I look at it is that we’re a nation of laws and I plan to take advantage of those laws. I have an exceptional team of lawyers who win in court and I think they’re likely to be busy.

Asked if legal action could be taken as a result of these comments, Krebs said his team was looking at “available options”.

DiGenova said in an interview with Conservative Radio talk show presenter Howie Carr, whose show is also broadcast by one of the president’s favorite media outlets, Newsmax.

Krebs suggested that his critics were not successful in scaring him. Asked if he was worried about his safety, Krebs said he “will not give you the advantage of knowing how to react to this. They know there are things. “

In an interview with CBS on Sunday’s “60 Minutes,” Krebs criticized Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s campaign lawyer, for spreading misinformation about the election, which Krebs repeatedly said was safe and did not spread to widespread fraud.

Referring to a press conference recently held by Giuliani at the headquarters of the Republican National Committee, Krebs said: “It was upset because what I saw was an obvious attempt to undermine confidence in the election, confuse people, frighten people. It’s not me, not just CISA. There were tens of thousands of election workers there who had been working 18-hour days continuously for months. They are facing death threats for trying to carry out one of our most important democratic institutions, an election. And for me, it was again a press conference that just didn’t make sense. What he actively did undermines democracy. And it’s dangerous.

Krebs, director of the Cyber ​​Security and Infrastructure Security Agency or CISA, received public criticism from Trump for his agency’s Rumor Control blog, which refuted a list of false allegations about election fraud and hackers – many of which the president and his lawyers have made real progress since losing the election.