The US's top former election security official has filed a lawsuit against a Trump lawyer who said he should be 'taken out at dawn and shot'

  • Chris Krebs, the former head of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the US's top election security official, has filed a lawsuit against one of President Donald Trump's lawyers, Joseph diGenova.
  • DiGenova recently made headlines when he said on a podcast that aired on Newsmax TV that Krebs should be executed for the way he ran the 2020 election.
  • "Anybody who thinks the election went well, like that idiot Krebs who used to be the head of cybersecurity, that guy is a class A moron," diGenova said. "He should be drawn and quartered. Taken out at dawn and shot."
  • Krebs' lawsuit named diGenova, the Trump campaign, and Newsmax as defendants and accused them of defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, aiding and abetting, and civil conspiracy.
  • "In retaliation for Plaintiff's faithful performance of his duties in line with his constitutional oath, the Defendants issued an unlawful and inflammatory 'call to action' for Plaintiff to suffer the fate of a convicted traitor: to be 'drawn and quartered' or 'shot at dawn,'" the suit said.
  • It went on to say that as a result of diGenova's statements, Krebs and other Republican election officials have received a "barrage of threats and harassment" from Trump supporters, and Krebs now "faces a genuine risk of imminent harm."
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The US's former top election security official has filed a lawsuit against a Trump campaign lawyer who recently suggested that he should be executed.

Chris Krebs led the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) until Trump fired him last month. The move came after Krebs spent weeks publicly striking down the president and his allies' conspiracy theories about voter fraud and widespread election-rigging.

"Anybody who thinks the election went well, like that idiot Krebs who used to be the head of cybersecurity, that guy is a class A moron," the Trump campaign lawyer, Joseph diGenova, recently said on The Howie Carr Show, a right-wing podcast that airs on Newsmax TV. "He should be drawn and quartered. Taken out at dawn and shot."

Fact check

  • The 2020 election was in fact the safest and most secure in US history because of the use of paper ballots, voting machines with verifiable paper trails, and a massive public education campaign by election officials and nonpartisan experts aimed at preparing Americans for how to vote during a pandemic.
  • The Trump campaign has filed more than two dozen legal challenges seeking to nullify the 2020 election results since November 3 and hasn't won a single case so far. And while Trump and his allies allege that the election was stolen from him because of a broad conspiracy between Democrats, "big media," and dead communist dictators, none of the campaign's lawsuits made the same charge, focusing instead on selective allegations of voting irregularities, the vast majority of which have been dismissed, denied, or are still pending.

Krebs' lawsuit filed Tuesday listed diGenova, the Trump campaign, and Newsmax TV as defendants and accused them of defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, aiding and abetting, and civil conspiracy.

The suit "seeks remedies and relief against the Defendants for a calculated and pernicious conspiracy to defame and injure" Krebs "and Republican Party members like him … for speaking truth and conscientiously performing their public duties without servile regard to 'party loyalty.'"

It continued: "In retaliation for Plaintiff's faithful performance of his duties in line with his constitutional oath, the Defendants issued an unlawful and inflammatory 'call to action' for Plaintiff to suffer the fate of a convicted traitor: to be 'drawn and quartered' or 'shot at dawn.'"

As a result of the threats, the lawsuit said, Krebs has received a "barrage of threats and harassment from those acting in accordance with Defendants' incendiary directive, and, as he is acutely aware, faces a genuine risk of imminent harm from persons who may seek to act upon the Defendants' call for violence."

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