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The US presidential election is over, its results are now in doubt, as all living former defense ministers wrote in a strong statement. Editorial Posted on Sunday.
The ten men, from both Republican and Democratic administrations, wrote: “Our elections have taken place. Recounting and vetting processes have taken place. The courts faced appropriate challenges. The conservatives approved the results. The electoral college voted.”
They said, “The time for questioning the results has passed, and the time has come for the official count of the electoral college votes, as stipulated in the constitution and the law.”
The bipartisan group of leaders published the speech in coordination Washington Post Meanwhile, President Trump continues to deny his electoral loss to President-elect Joe Biden. On Saturday, Trump Even pressure Georgia’s Foreign Minister Brad Ravensberger is seeking to “find” votes to reverse his defeat during an hour-long phone call on Saturday.
The opinion piece was signed by former Defense Ministers Ashton Carter, Dick Cheney, William Cohen, Robert Gates, Chuck Hagel, Leon Panetta, William Perry and Donald Rumsfeld.
The piece was also signed by two Pentagon presidents who served under Trump – Jim Mattis and Mark Esper. Trump fired Esper in November as part of a major change of Defense Department.
The editorial takes the example of some Republican lawmakers in Congress plan This week to formally object to the certification of the presidential election results on November 3.
Since the vote, Trump and his lawyers have repeatedly confirmed false allegations of voter fraud and have blamed, without evidence, that his loss to Biden was due to widespread wrongdoing. But his insistence on stealing the election led to some speculation that he might somehow use the military to stay in office after Biden was inaugurated on January 20.
The ten signatories stated that any effort to involve the US armed forces in resolving election disputes would take the country “to a dangerous, illegal and unconstitutional region.”
“Civil and military officials who direct or implement such measures will be responsible, including potentially facing criminal penalties, for the severe consequences of their actions on our republic,” they wrote.
Former Defense Secretary Perry, who served under President Bill Clinton, wrote on Twitter that the idea of the statement I grew up with Cheney, a Republican who served under President George W. Bush as Vice President, and President George HW Bush as Secretary of Defense.
“Each of us has sworn to support and defend the constitution against all enemies, foreign and local. We have not sworn it to an individual or party,” Perry wrote in a tweet on Twitter.
The idea for this statement actually originated from Vice President Cheney.
We each have sworn to uphold and defend the Constitution; The oath does not change according to the designation of the party.https://t.co/NSsdLkZX9g
– William J. Berry (@ SecDef19) January 4, 2021
In the conclusion of the opening, the former secretaries also appeared to address Biden’s claims that his transition team had encountered barriers the White House put up under Trump in meeting Pentagon leaders before his inauguration.
They wrote: “Acting Defense Secretary Christopher C. Miller and his subordinates – political appointees, officers and civil servants – are bound by oath, law, and precedents to facilitate the entry of the next administration into their office, and to do so wholeheartedly.” They must also refrain from any political actions that undermine the election results or impede the success of the new team.