Extraordinary warning to Trump by 10 former Pentagon chiefs

Extraordinary warning to Trump by 10 former Pentagon chiefs
Outgoing Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, left, shakes hands with Vice President Dick Cheney during an Armed Forces Full Honor Review for Rumsfeld at the Pentagon. (File Photo, Dec. 15, 2006). Source: AP
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Daily US Times: In an extraordinary rebuke of President Trump, all 10 living former Pentagon chiefs are cautioning against any step to involve the military in pursuing claims of voter fraud in the last election, arguing that it would take the country into “dangerous, unlawful and unconstitutional territory.”

The 10 secretaries of defense , both Republicans and Democrats, signed on to an opinion article published in The Washington Post on Sunday that implicitly questioned President Trump’s willingness to follow his Constitutional duty to peacefully handover the power on January 20.

Following the election and subsequent recounts in some states, as well as failed court challenges, the outcome is clear, they wrote, while not specifying the president in the article.

The former secretaries of defense wrote: “The time for questioning the results has passed; the time for the formal counting of the electoral college votes, as prescribed in the Constitution and statute, has arrived.”

They warned against use of the military in any effort to change the outcome.

“Efforts to involve the US armed forces in resolving election disputes would take us into dangerous, unlawful and unconstitutional territory,” the former pentagon chiefs wrote.

The focused that civilian and military officials who carry or direct out such measures would be held accountable, including potentially facing criminal charges, for the grave consequences of their actions on our republic.

In recent weeks, a number of senior military officers, including General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, have said publicly that the military has no role in determining the outcome of US elections and that their loyalty is to the Constitution, not to a political party or an individual leader.

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