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No role for military in changing election results, all living ex-defense secretaries say

No role for military in changing election results, all living ex-defense secretaries say
The time to question election results has passed, and there is no role for the military in changing them, all of the living former defense secretaries said.

No role for military in changing election results, all living ex-defense secretaries say WASHINGTON — The time to question election results has passed, and there is no role for the military in changing them, all of the living former defense secretaries said in an extraordinary rebuke to President Donald Trump and other Republicans who are backing unfounded claims of widespread fraud at the ballot box.Its authors include Trump's two former defense secretaries, Jim Mattis and Mark Esper, as well as each living Senate-confirmed Pentagon chief dating back to former vice president Dick Cheney, who was defense secretary under President George H.Recounts and audits have been conducted," the former defense secretaries wrote." Edelman, who was among a group of Republicans who endorsed Biden over Trump, said that after Cheney expressed interest in co-writing an opinion piece, Edelman solicited participation from other former defense secretaries, and wrote a draft of the article along with Eliot Cohen, a former Republican national security official who is dean of the Johns Hopkins University School for Advanced Studies.

Some of the defense secretaries requested revisions, but nothing significant to the message, Edelman and Cohen said.Other former defense secretaries either could not be reached for comment, or declined to speak, citing a desire to let the article speak for itself.

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