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Former CISA director Chris Krebs is hinting at legal action against Trump campaign lawyer Joe DiGenova, who suggested Krebs should be "taken out at dawn and shot."

Driving the news: Krebs, who led efforts on election cybersecurity, was fired last month by President Trump following the 2020 elections. The former director has since spoken out against baseless claims from the president and the Trump campaign that elections systems were rigged in favor of now President-elect Joe Biden.

The big picture: DiGenova made the comment on Monday during a radio interview with Howie Carr, which was aired on Newsmax.

  • Krebs responded to DiGenova's comments in an interview with the "Today Show" on Tuesday, stating, "It's certainly more dangerous language, more dangerous behavior."
  • "And the way I look at it is that we are a nation of laws, and I plan to take advantage of those laws. I've got an exceptional team of lawyers that win in court, and I think they're probably going to be busy."

Krebs in a "60 Minutes" interview aired Sunday lamented a recent press conference by Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, stating, "It was upsetting because what I saw was an apparent attempt to undermine confidence in the election, to confuse people, to scare people."

When specifically asked if he'll take legal action against DiGenova, Krebs responded that his team is looking at "available opportunities."

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More than a dozen House and Senate Republicans over the weekend attacked plans by colleagues to object to certifying 2020 election results, calling the effort ineffective, dangerous or lacking in evidence.

Why it matters: Although nearly all lawsuits brought by President Trump, his allies and his legal team to challenge election results have been dismissed, a group of Republican senators led by Ted Cruz says they will oppose certifying Joe Biden's win.

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A U.S. airstrike in northwest Syria on Friday killed senior al-Qaeda leader Abdul Hamid al-Matar, U.S. Central Command said in a statement.

Why it matters: Syria serves as a "safe haven" for the extremist group to plan external operations, according to U.S. Army Maj. John Rigsbee.

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Florida businessman Lev Parnas was convicted Friday on charges of conspiracy to make foreign contributions to political campaigns, according to multiple outlets.

Why it matters: Prosecutors said Parnas, then an associate of former President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, funneled over $150,000 from a Russian businessman into U.S. campaigns as part of an effort to land licenses in the U.S.'s legal cannabis industry.