Sacked cybersecurity chief Christopher Krebs is suing Trump marketing campaign lawyer diGenova, Newsmax after receiving threats
The former nation's chief cybersecurity and infrastructure security filed a lawsuit Tuesday accusing the campaign of President Donald Trump, a leading GOP attorney and media company Newsmax, of conspiring to defame him for testifying that the election protected from outside interference.
Christopher Krebs' lawsuit alleged that the defendants were involved in a "calculated and harmful conspiracy" and that he was at "a real risk of immediate harm from anyone who might attempt to call the defendants to use violence" against him react.
In fact, the suit says one of Cancer's children asked, "Daddy will be executed?" When one of the presidential deputies, former chief federal prosecutor Joseph diGenova, suggested killing cancer in a way that has historically been used to deal with traitors.
His lawsuit indicated that Trump fired him in a post following Cancer's declaration on November 12 via Twitter. "Chris Krebs' recent statement on the security of the 2020 elections has been extremely imprecise due to massive inadequacies and fraud."
The lawsuit also said diGenova, the GOP attorney affiliated with Trump's campaign, singled out cancer in an appearance on "The Howie Carr Show" on Newsmax last week.
"He should be pulled and quartered. Taken out at dawn and shot," diGenova said on the show.
The lawsuit in Montgomery County, Maryland, where diGenova lives, states: "diGenova's call for the plaintiff to be executed, as the defendant diGenova intended, was received by numerous angry Newsmax viewers as confirmation that the plaintiff was one of the" traitors "was who stole the election from President Trump."
"An angry mob immediately bombarded the plaintiff with a barrage of death threats and harassment that continues to this day," the lawsuit said.
"The defendants' threats have affected the plaintiff's life and the safety of his family, causing serious fear, distress, suffering and even physical harm," reads the lawsuit, in which Cancer is a lifelong Republican and a "patriot." .
After a riot over his comments on cancer, DiGenova claimed he was joking that cancer should be cruelly killed.
The lawsuit asked a judge to order Newsmax to remove all records of diGenova threats from its website and seek monetary damages in excess of $ 75,000.
"No one should be targeted and defamed as 'traitors' for faithful public service duties," cancer attorney Jim Walden said in a statement.
"This is what happened to Chris and Republicans across the country who, honestly and based on their extensive experience, uphold the integrity of the elections in the face of misrepresentation of their results," said Walden.
A Trump campaign spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
"No comment," diGenova said in an email to CNBC when asked about the lawsuit that Krebs had previously proposed to file.
Newsmax said, "Newsmax TV simulcasts the Howie Carr Show, a Boston-based syndicated radio program that it licenses, for one hour every weekday. Mr. diGenova guested on the simulcast and made inappropriate comments about Mr. diGenova is not a paid one Employee of Newsmax and has no official relationship with him. "
"Since then, Mr diGenova has appeared twice on Newsmax and has stated that he made the comment" jokingly "and apologized," said the right-wing media broadcaster.
"He stated that he did not intend to harm Mr. Krebs. Newsmax believes that allegations made by Mr. Krebs in his" conspiracy "and defamation lawsuit against him pose a threat to freedom of expression and that his legal actions endanger all media organizations who strive for it. " an open discourse of ideas and news. "
Trump, his campaign and legal team, and millions of presidential supporters have refused to admit that President-elect Joe Biden won the election. The Democrat is well on the way to getting 306 electoral college votes when he meets next week, 36 more than needed to win.
Trump and his lawyers claim he was pulled out of a victory by election fraud, but lost lawsuits to invalidate Biden's votes.
The president recently relied on lawmakers and officials in several swing states to try to undo Biden's victory in those states by having state lawmakers choose a list of Trump voters for the electoral college. Trump's allies are also looking to make one last-ditch effort to get the US House of Representatives to undo Biden's victory.