Attorney Joe diGenova, a member of President Donald Trump’s legal team, blasted former Department of Homeland Security’s cybersecurity chief Chris Krebs and suggested that he be “shot” at “dawn.”
“Anybody who thinks that this the election went well, like that idiot [Chris] Krebs, who used to be the head of cybersecurity,” diGenova told Newsmax TV’s Howie Carr during a telephone interview on Monday.
“The guy who was on ’60 Minutes’ last night,” Carr clarified, referencing Krebs’ interview the previous evening on the legacy CBS’s newsmagazine program.
“That guy is a Class A moron. He should be drawn and quartered, taken out at dawn and shot,” diGenova responded, though he presumably said it facetiously.
President Donald Trump fired Krebs, the former director of DHS’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) last month after he said the Nov. 3 election was “the most security [sic] in American history.”
Trump immediately disputed Krebs’ statement, writing on Twitter that the election involved “massive improprieties and fraud – including dead people voting, Poll Watchers not allowed into polling locations, ‘glitches’ in the voting machines which changed votes from Trump to Biden, late voting, and many more.”
Krebs told 60 Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley, however, that 95 percent of votes cast in this year’s election were done via paper ballots, which he said lent themselves to “audit.”
“Paper ballots give you the ability to audit, to go back and check the tape and make sure that you got the count right,” he said, adding that they were “really one of the keys to success for a secure 2020 election.”
“And with a paper record, you can go back and verify what the machine is saying by physically counting the paper?” Pelley asked.
“That gives you the ability to prove that there was no malicious algorithm or hacked software that adjusted the tally of the vote,” Krebs said.
“And that tells you what?” Pelley pressed.
“That tells you that there was no manipulation of the vote on the machine count side,” Krebs responded, and “pretty thoroughly, in my opinion, debunks some of these sensational claims out there — that I’ve called nonsense and a hoax, that there is some hacking of these election vendors and their software and their systems across the country. It’s– it’s just– it’s nonsense.”
The president also blasted the interview and CBS, claiming the network never contacted his campaign or the White House for comment.
“@60Minutes never asked us for a comment about their ridiculous, one-sided story on election security, which is an international joke. Our 2020 Election, from poorly rated Dominion to a Country FLOODED with unaccounted for Mail-In ballots, was probably our least secure EVER!” he tweeted.
As for diGenova, he was lambasted on social media over his comment.
…It does not help our political situation (or the President's legal case) to engage in such hyperbole. This country is a virtual powder keg and, while I do not believe that he was calling for violence, the distinction will be lost on some in these dangerous times.
— Jonathan Turley (@JonathanTurley) December 1, 2020
… Notably, while the media has extensively covered and condemned diGenova’s comment, it has offered little coverage of calls for ritualistic suicides for Trump supporters or organized efforts of retaliation and incarceration. https://t.co/YTlWm9pGjs
— Jonathan Turley (@JonathanTurley) December 1, 2020
Um. During Newsmax call-in Joe diGenova said Chris Krebs should be put to death. https://t.co/mzz8sNDFj7
— Amanda Carpenter (@amandacarpenter) November 30, 2020
This is President Trump’s campaign lawyer. Is this incitement to violence ok, Mr. President? Is it ok, DHS chief Wolf (Krebs’ former boss)? No problem, GOP?
“Joe diGenova said that fired Trump cybersecurity chief Chris Krebs should be executed…” https://t.co/XZnZCzoA1i
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) November 30, 2020
Chris Krebs is already getting death threats.
Joe diGenova should be arrested for this.
— Holly Figueroa O'Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) December 1, 2020
Trump lawyer Joe diGenova just called for the execution of former DHS official Chris Krebs.
This comes after Steve Bannon called for the execution of Dr. Fauci and the FBI Director.
We can't have this in civil society. People who talk like this must face criminal consequences.
— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) December 1, 2020
A MAGA trump lawyer named Joe diGenova went on propaganda outlet @newsmax and said Chris Krebs should be put to death for doing his job correctly by protecting our elections.
How the hell hasn’t he, Jenna Ellis, Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell and William Barr been disbarred yet?
— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) December 1, 2020
Earlier in the interview, Carr and diGenova, a former federal prosecutor, discussed the Trump campaign’s legal strategy in its attempt to expose what lawyers say is massive vote fraud, including injection of phony ballots and manipulation of voting machines.
Attorneys Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis presented some of the alleged evidence and gave testimony to a panel of Arizona state lawmakers on Monday, which will be repeated in other battlegrounds including Michigan and Wisconsin. Trump lawyers have already held a similar hearing in Pennsylvania.
DiGenova explained that the state legislatures don’t necessarily have to throw out ballots, but rather they can decide not to assign their electors to either Trump or Democrat rival Joe Biden, thus depriving both candidates of the necessary 270 electoral votes for victory.
If that were to happen, then the House of Representatives would elect the president, according to the U.S. Constitution.
DiGenova said he believes at that point that Trump would be reelected because each state only has a single vote, and most state legislatures are controlled by Republicans.
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