Matthew Travis, the former deputy director of the country’s top cyber security agency, defended former chief cybersecurity officer Christopher Krebs on Tuesday after President TrumpDonald John Trump: Geraldo Rivera doubts Trump, who is sowing the election result: “That’s enough” Murkowski: Trump has to confess to the White House contest. Scott Atlas resigns from Trump’s coronavirus consultant MOREhis re-election campaign demanded violence against Krebs.
Travis’ comments came after Joe diGenova said during an interview this week on “The Howie Carr Show” by Krebs, who was fired President Trump last month, after suppressing Trump’s claim of voter fraud in the last election, “should be drawn and quartered,” “taken out and shot at dawn”.
“I’m horrible, wordless how absurd and offensive these comments were, I think it violates some code of professional conduct for the DC Bar, and I hope they follow up,” – Travis, of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cyber Security and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). former deputy director said at a virtual cyber summit at the Aspen Institute on Tuesday.
“Little man with a small mind and a bad mustache,” Travis said of diGenova, adding that he hoped diGenova would “take back those words, apologize, and admit that maybe the studio’s hot lights got to her.”
Krebs also responded to diGenova’s threat on Tuesday, saying on NBC’s “Today” show that he and his legal team, as a result of diGenova’s comments, “examined all of our available legal options”.
“We are a nation of laws and I plan to take advantage of those laws,” Krebs said. “I have an exceptional team of lawyers who will win in court and I think they will probably be busy.”
Trump’s attorney, diGenova has since said that his remarks were intended as a joke and hyperbolic, and that Krebs did not want to suffer harm, according to a report in the National Review.
“It was obvious that my comments were sarcastic and sounded joking,” diGenova said, according to comments attributed to her by the Trump campaign, according to the National Review.
Travis was forced by the Trump government to step back the night Trump fired former CISA director Krebst via a tweetreferring to Krebs ’position that the 2020 elections were safe and accurate.
Travis confirmed on Tuesday that Krebs did not know he had been fired until he saw Trump’s tweet, and that before Trump’s tweet, CISA was working as usual that day after the busy election season.
“He wasn’t called, he learned, Chris keeps an eye on Twitter no matter what happens, so I think he saw it himself when he found out,” Travis said of Trump’s tweet that removed Krebs from running the agency.
Travis said Krebs encouraged him that night not to give up and “stay and finish the fight with the team,” and Travis, the automatic successor, leads CISA.
He was then told Travis by the DHS trustee Chad WolfChad WolfBiden selects first Latin country for Republican senators in homeland security to urge Trump to label West Bank products Judge Made in Israel says DHS’s appointment as secretary invalidates that while the White House did not ask for his resignation, he did not want Travis to lead CISA, which in less than two hours led Travis to step back to clear the way for CISA’s current acting director, Brandon Wales.
“It was pretty frenetic Tuesday night,” Travis said.
CISA, along with state and local election officials issued a statement last month, it declared the 2020 election “the safest in American history” and made it clear that “there is no evidence” that any voting order would be jeopardized or that votes would be lost.
Trump and other Republicans have disputed this claim, Trump has repeatedly raised concerns about changing votes or other electoral interference, and has refused to allow the election.
Travis remarked that if Trump had won his re-election campaign, “I suspect Chris would have marched on Pennsylvania Avenue, and we would point out that he thought it was a legitimate choice.”
The shock to the agency’s leadership also involved the resignation of former CISA chief official Bryan Ware after being asked to resign by the White House the same week.
Travis noted that Waleset was introduced by Krebs as Executive Director in the event of the removal of both senior Senate confirmed officials of the agency.
– To Chris’ credit, I think he played in his head how this could go wrong, that’s one of the reasons we wanted to bring in Brandon Wales and we created this executive director position, so if there was any quick removal of political leadership that it stops pretty quickly, ”Travis said.
Wales, which is set to speak at the Aspen Institute summit this weekend, sought to reassure CISA staff in an email sent by The Hill last month.
“Changing leadership is not a change of mission,” Wales wrote in the email. “It is vital for all of us to continue to focus on our mission.”