Living 10 ex-Secretaries of Defense issue extraordinary warning to Trump in scathing editorial

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The 10 living former #Defense #Secretaries issued an extraordinary warning to #President #Trump in an op-ed denouncing the possibility of the military being involved in the current electoral conflict.

The article appeared in the #Washington #Post on #Monday, following calls from some #Trump supporters to invoke martial law in an effort to prevent #Joe #Biden from becoming the next commander-in-chief.

The 10 #Defense #Secretaries, who are both #Republicans and #Democrats, did not mention #Trump’s name in the editorial, but clearly wanted the president to heed their message.

“#Our elections have taken place. #Recounts and audits have been carried out. The courts have faced appropriate challenges. The governors certified the results. #And the electoral college has voted. The time to question the results is past, ”the group wrote.

“Efforts to involve the US armed forces in resolving electoral disputes would drag us into dangerous, illegal and unconstitutional territory,” they warned.

The 10 living former #Secretaries of #Defense listed as authors of the play are #Ashton #Carter, #Dick #Cheney, #William #Cohen, #Mark #Esper, #Robert #Gates, #Chuck #Hagel, #James #Mattis, #Leon #Panetta, #William #Perry and #Donald #Rumsfeld.

#Mattis and #Esper both worked under #Trump, but clashed with the #Commander-in-Chief. #Mattis resigned in #January 2019, while #Esper was fired in #November 2020.

Mark Esper is pictured

The 10 living former #Defense #Secretaries issued an extraordinary warning to #President #Trump in an op-ed in which they denounced the possibility of military involvement in the current electoral conflict. They include #James #Mattis (left) and #Mark #Esper (right), both of whom worked under #Trump.

#Elsewhere in the editorial, the 10 men issued a warning to #Trump’s acting #Defense #Secretary, saying that any mobilization of the military would put members of the military in a legally precarious position,

“Acting #Secretary of #Defense #Christopher C. #Miller and his subordinates – appointees politicians, officers and officials – are all bound by oath, law and precedent to facilitate the entry into office of the new administration, and do wholeheartedly, ‘The secretaries wrote.

“They must also refrain from any political action that undermines the election results or hinders the success of the new team. “

The group added: “#Efforts to involve the US armed forces in the resolution of electoral disputes would lead us into dangerous, illegal and unconstitutional territory. #Civilian and military officials who direct or apply such measures would be responsible, including potentially liable to criminal sanctions, for the serious consequences of their actions on our republic.

The article appeared in the Washington Post on Monday, following calls by Trump allies to call in the military in an effort to prevent Joe Biden from becoming the next commander-in-chief.

The article appeared in the #Washington #Post on #Monday, following calls by #Trump allies to call in the military in an effort to prevent #Joe #Biden from becoming the next commander-in-chief.

#Without mentioning a specific example, former #Defense #Secretaries wrote that transfers of power “often occur in times of international uncertainty regarding US national security policy and posture,” adding “that they can be a time when the nation is vulnerable to the actions of adversaries seeking to take advantage of the situation.

#Tensions with #Iran represent such a moment. #Sunday marked one year since the #American assassination of #Qassem #Soleimani, #Iran’s top general; #Iran has vowed to avenge the murder, and US officials have said in recent days that they are on heightened alert for a possible #Iranian attack on US forces or interests in the #Middle #East.

The editorial also comes as #Trump continues to challenge the legitimacy of the election, citing widespread electoral fraud. #However, despite legal challenges, lawyers for the president were unable to provide sufficient evidence for the claim.

#That hasn’t stopped 12 #Republican senators from declaring that they plan to oppose the certification of #Joe #Biden’s victory when the electoral college results are counted in #Congress next week.

#As #Trump grows more desperate, military leaders are reportedly leading high-level discussions about what to do if #Trump invokes martial law during his last days in office.

#Six retired military personnel spoke to #Newsweek last week, confirming that discussions are currently taking place behind closed doors.

#Officials say that “if there is any chance that the uniformed leaders will get involved in a ploy to create an election-related reversal, they fear the military will be drawn into a #Trump crisis, in especially if he tries to rally private militias. and pro-Trump paramilitaries in a bid to disrupt the transition and provoke violence in the capital.

“I have been associated with the military for over 40 years and have never seen the discussions that are going on now, the need for such discussions,” a retired flag officer told the publication.

Trump is pictured at the United States Military Academy last month

#Trump is pictured at the #United #States #Military #Academy last month

The #Newsweek article followed reports that the president had held a meeting at the #White #House to discuss new ways to resist or undo #Biden’s victory – with the idea of ​​deploying the military to the ‘help in his fight, before being shot.

#Retired #General #Michael #Flynn was in attendance at the eventful #Oval #Office meeting, which took place late last month,

#Flynn recently told a #Newsmax television interviewer that #Trump could “take military capabilities and place them in these (battlefield) states and basically jumpstart our elections.”

#Trump denied information about #Friday’s meeting in a tweet shortly after midnight on #Saturday, saying, “Martial #Law = #Fake #News. #Even more bad reports knowingly!

#Several senior officers have made it clear that they will not take part in any effort to overturn the results of an election that has been certified by every state and confirmed by the #Electoral #College.

“The US military has no role to play in determining the outcome of a US election,” #Secretary of the #Army #Ryan #McCarthy and #Chief of #Staff #James #McConville said in a statement. communicated.

As Trump grows more desperate, military leaders are reportedly leading high-level discussions about what to do if Trump invokes martial law during his last days in office.  The Pentagon is pictured

#As #Trump grows increasingly desperate, military leaders are reportedly leading high-level discussions about what to do if #Trump invokes martial law during his final days in office. The #Pentagon is pictured

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