The letter additionally explicitly dismisses the thought of difficult the election outcomes in any respect, with army help or with out it: “The time for questioning the outcomes has handed; the time for the formal counting of the electoral school votes, as prescribed within the Structure and statute, has arrived.”
Additionally they name upon appearing protection secretary Christopher Miller, by title, to hold out the transition from Trump to Biden administrations “totally, cooperatively and transparently,” noting that he’s “sure by oath, legislation and precedent” to take action. This seems to be a direct reference to Joe Biden singling out the Protection Division as one of many departments that has not offered full cooperation with the transition.
It’s a rare letter, not for its contents however for the spectacle of all former secretaries of protection uniting to reject the notion that the army would take part in a violent coup—which has been among the many choices contemplated by a delusional and treasonous Donald Trump and his allies. It’s clearly supposed to sign to present army leaders that they might stand on stable floor in resisting such “felony” orders.
That’s was felt to be needed, by all signatories, is a surprising reflection of how shut even prime previous army officers consider the nation to be to a probably violent coup—one backed by a majority of Home Republican, and not less than a dozen within the Senate.