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President Donald Trump is increasingly isolated in his claims of election fraud as a growing number of senior administration officials are either directly contradicting his baseless allegations or refusing to echo them.

As the President continues to deny the reality that he lost, his head of intelligence now says that Trump’s claims of voter fraud, which have been roundly debunked, are being taken and amplified by foreign adversaries.
Their goal isto undermine public confidence in our democratic processes,” John Ratcliffe, the Director of National Intelligence, told CBS News in an interview, declining to say which countries.
Ratcliffe is a fierce Trump loyalist who has been accused of politicizing intelligence to fuel Trump’s attacks on the Russia investigation. In the interview, he was able to skirt around his own thoughts on the fraud claims by arguing they are not an intelligence matter, but rather a concern for domestic law enforcement.

    No evidence

    On that front, Attorney General Bill Barr frustrated Trump Tuesday by saying the Justice Department had found no evidence of widespread fraud. That gave FBI Director Chris Wray, who has been quiet since the election, cover from Trump who has previously lashed out at Wray for his statements on the election and was thought to be considering firing him.
    One election security official went too far for Trump: after the Department of Homeland Security’s cyber agency declared the election to be the most secure in US history, its director, Chris Krebs, was fired by tweet for what Trump called ahighly inaccurate” verklaring.
    It’s perfectly clear to me and I think most Americans,” Krebs told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Friday, “that the election is over.
    We have a President-Elect in Joe Biden and we have to move forward,” Krebs said. “We have to get past this. The damage that’s been done to the American confidence in the electionI hope we’re not at a point of no return, but we’re going to have a lot of work to restore confidence.
    His firing on November 17 was the culmination of two weeks of post-election debunking from Krebs and his Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency of claims by the President and his supporters. CISA has continued to push back since Krebs was fired, with two more posts this week on itsRumor Controlpage disputing claims about ballots being destroyed and voting systems manipulated.
    We will keep issuing Rumor Control entries as we think that the situation warrants it and where we can actually have an impact,” said CISA’s new Acting Director Brandon Wales on Thursday, “through the end of this cycle.

    ‘Bafflingand ‘insulting

    Some of the administration officials Krebs worked with most closely on the election have been bolder in their rebukes of the President than others.
    Commissioner Ben Hovland of the Election Assistance Commission called Trump’s claimsbaffling” en “insulting.
    With Trump claiming that voting machines changed and deleted votes for him, the EACwhich tests voting systemson Thursday released a statement that theyhave confidence in the state and local election administrators who ran the 2020 verkiesing, and the voting systems certified by the EAC.
    The country’s top counterintelligence official said Wednesday that he’s concerned about post-election conspiracy theories, calling electionsthe core fundamental basis for which we have the ability to live in an amazing democracy.
    Bill Evanina, who briefed both the Trump and Biden campaigns on election threats, said on an Aspen Cyber Summit panel that he’s proud of the “ongekende” cooperation between the federal agencies, tech and social media companies, which thwarted foreign attacks.

    Rampant conspiracies

    Tussen die conspiracies that was rampant after the election was one alleging that a CIA supercomputer changed votes. Nog een — pushed by Republican Congressman Louie Gohmertwas that the US Army raided a software company’s office in Germany and seized a server containing votes for Trump.
    Intelligence officials who worked on the election, including the National Security Agency and US Cyber Command’s Gen. Paul Nakasone, haven’t and are unlikely to directly speak out about the President’s continuing false claims given the sensitivities of their positions and their focus on foreign threats. But there is only praise from across the intelligence community for how smoothly things went.
    Krebs, while at the helm of a domestic agency, had a more direct role in the areas where the President has pushed conspiracy theories and had become a more visible spokesman for election security than most of his national security counterparts.
    He and others have decried thetravestyof election workers across the country now receiving death threats because of the accusations that the election was rigged, fueled by Trump.
    Hierdie week, one of Trump’s campaign lawyers said that Krebs should bedrawn and quarteredfor his comments andtaken out at dawn and shot.
      Asked about the comment, Evanina saidit’s just embarrassing to meas a decades-long public servant.
      I think it’s wholly inappropriate and disappointing to me as an American,” hy het gesê. People who work on elections, hy het bygevoeg, “should have the ability to do that with safety and security and not be anguished because one party lost, one party won.

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