Trump Administration’s Own Election Security Officials Reject President’s Fraud Claims

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Trump Administration’s Own Election Security Officials Reject President’s Fraud Claims
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A group of election security groups including the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) on Thursday shot down unproven claims of widespread election tampering pushed by President Trump.

President Trump Speaks From The James S. Brady Briefing Room At The White House

WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 05: U.S. President Donald Trump arrives to speak in the briefing room at … [+] the White House on November 5, 2020 in Washington, DC. Votes are still being counted two days after the presidential election as incumbent Trump is in a close race against challenger Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, which remains too close to call. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)


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Key Facts

In a statement along with the National Association of State Election Directors, the National Association of Secretaries of State and several other election groups, CISA Assistant Director Bob Kolasky firmly stated, “There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised.”

The statement comes just hours after Trump tweeted a conspiracy theory from right-wing news outlet One America News Network that a software program deleted millions of Trump votes and switched hundreds of thousands of others to Biden votes as part of his ongoing effort to reject the results of the election.

In a more general rebuke of Trump’s many claims of widespread voter fraud – central to his legal efforts to overcome his sizable vote deficits in key states – the statement took aim at “unfounded claims and opportunities for misinformation about the process of our elections.”

“We can assure you we have the utmost confidence in the security and integrity of our elections, and you should too,” the statement says, urging the public to “turn to election officials as trusted voices as they administer elections.”

The statement comes amid the backdrop of a shakeup at the agency, with Bryan Ware, assistant director of CISA’s cybersecurity division, reportedly stepping down within the week and agency director Chris Krebs telling allies he expects to be fired shortly after repeatedly debunking Trump’s claims.

Crucial Quote

“The November 3rd election was the most secure in American history,” the statement says. “Right now, across the country, election officials are reviewing and double checking the entire election process prior to finalizing the result.”

Big Number

70%. That’s the share of Republican voters who said in a Politico/Morning Consult poll they agree with the president’s assertions that the election was not, an sharp increase from the 35% of Republicans who said the same before the election.

What To watch For

Trump’s lawsuits are unlikely to successfully change the result of the election, as many of them push unfounded claims of fraud already rejected by the courts. Even as the Trump campaign won a rare win in Pennsylvania on Thursday, it still didn’t impact enough ballot to overcome Biden’s lead of more than 50,000 votes in the state.

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