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Democratic lawmakers said Tuesday that they were troubled by Secretary of Defense Mark Esper’s evasive answers to questions about potential US military involvement in the presidential election, Politico first reported.
In late July, Michigan Rep. Elissa Slotkin and New Jersey Rep. Mikie Sherrill raised a number of questions, including whether Esper would refuse an order to send uniformed military to polling stations.
In a written response submitted earlier this month and released by lawmakers Tuesday, the secretary simply replied: “The US military has acted, and will continue to act, in accordance with the Constitution and the law.”
“We have not received a direct commitment from Secretary Esper that he will refuse commands from an illegitimate President,” Sherrill said in a statement CNN reported. It is unprecedented for a US president to state they may not accede to the peaceful transfer of power that has been practiced since the Civil War.
The congresswoman and US Navy veteran said that “given the fact that the President has used our military for partisan purposes in the past and that the President has suggested he will not concede if he loses, it is incumbent upon the Secretary of Defense to fulfill his constitutional duties …read more
Source:: Businessinsider – Politics