Krebs was fired by Trump on November 17, 2020 after tweeting that election fraud claims were bogus: “59 election security experts all agree, ‘in every case of which we are aware, these claims either have been unsubstantiated or are technically incoherent,’” according to The Washington Post.
"Krebs’s statement amounted to a debunking of Trump’s central claim that the November election was stolen," The Post reported at the time.
The New York Times on Wednesday reports the Special Counsel's 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. The latest subpoenas, issued roughly two weeks ago, went to officials in the personnel office, according to the two people familiar with the matter."
But national security and civil liberties journalist Marcy Wheeler asserts the Special Counsel's efforts go further.
"I think it likely erroneous to imagine that Jack Smith is getting into Chris Krebs' firing JUST to get to Trump's mindset," Wheeler tweeted. "He fired Krebs for doing something his Admin had specifically bought off on. It was a necessary part of the plot."
"So," Wheeler adds, "1) Trump fires Krebs for saying the election was fair 2) Trump fires Esper for saying he couldn't invoke the Insurrection Act," referring to then-Trump Secretary of Defense Mark Esper.
"Then he sought about sowing an insurrection based on claims the election wasn't fair," she notes.
MSNBC's Steve Benen agrees, writing: "Presumably, pulling on this thread would also offer investigators additional evidence that the then-president was presented with the truth by his own team, even as he pushed his anti-election lies."
Andrew Weissmann, the former FBI General Counsel who spent 20 years at DOJ, heralded the Special Counsel's investigation into the firing of Krebs.
"A very natural thing for Jack to examine as part of plot to overthrow the election. AND Krebs will make a great trial witness for govt.," Weissmann tweeted.