Dozen of Former DoD Secretaries Urge Military to Refrain From Undermining Election Results

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The incumbent US president has been repeatedly claiming that “massive election fraud” occurred in the 2020 presidential election, leading to Democratic candidate Joe Biden’s victory, while the latter’s transition team has reportedly faced bureaucratic hurdles during the transfer of power.

Former US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper along with other nine ex-secretaries, including Ashton Carter, Dick Cheney and William Cohen, in an op-ed published in The Washington Post on Sunday, have urged the current acting US secretary of defense, Christopher C. Miller, “and his subordinates” to refrain from “any political actions that undermine the results of the election or hinder the success of the new team”.

The former Pentagon chiefs highlighted that the transition at the Defense Department as part of the process of the transfer of power from Trump to Biden must be “carried out fully, cooperatively and transparently”, with Miller and his colleagues “bound by oath, law and precedent to facilitate the entry into office of the incoming administration, and to do so wholeheartedly”.

Earlier in December 2020, the Department of Defense reportedly made a two-week break in its collaboration with Biden’s team. According to Yohannes Abraham, executive director of the Biden transition team, there was no “mutually agreed” upon holiday break. However, Miller at the time offered that the DoD has not “cancelled or declined any interview”.

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