The special counsel leading the investigation into former President Donald Trump‘s alleged efforts to overturn the 2020 election results is taking a closer look at the firing of the then-president’s cybersecurity chief.
The New York Times reports that Jack Smith’s team has interviewed former DHS Cybersecurity chief Chris Krebs, who was terminated by Trump after refuting his claims the election was wrought with fraud.
“There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes or was in any way compromised,” the statement from Krebs’s agency read nine days after the election.
Less than a week later Trump tweeted that Mr. Krebs was “terminated” after releasing a “highly inaccurate” statement about the 2020 election.
“The investigators appear focused on Mr. Trump’s state of mind around the firing of Mr. Krebs, as well as on establishing a timeline of events leading up to the attack on the Capitol by a pro-Trump mob on Jan. 6, 2021,” Maggie Haberman and Jonathan Swan reported. “The latest subpoenas, issued roughly two weeks ago, went to officials in the personnel office, according to the two people familiar with the matter.”
Smith’s investigators seem to be asking witnesses about the efforts Trump and his allies took to evaluate the loyalty of federal officials working for the ex-president. John McEntee, a former Trump personal aide, was among those who had Krebs flagged for disloyalty and had developed a “loyalty test” to evaluate government hires under Trump. The Times notes that McEntee “was seen going into the grand jury in recent months.”
Trump is facing numerous investigations regarding his actions while in the White House and after the election.
Smith is also leading the investigation into Trump’s alleged mishandling of classified documents which were seized from his Mar-A-Lago estate in August. Earlier this month reports from The Times indicated the investigation is heating up after the Justice Department secured a “star witness” in the probe. (RELATED: Key Mar-a-Lago witness said to be former White House Employee)
According to the report, the scope of the insider witness’s cooperation is not yet clear, nor is the timeline, but the witness reportedly gave investigators a picture of the storage room where some materials were held.