Slotkin presses senior military, DHS officials as Trump suggests he might not accept election results

U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) in a statement said that President Trump again cast doubt Wednesday on whether he would accept the results of the election if he doesn’t win, and that as he lays the groundwork to refuse the peaceful transition of power, it is up to those around him to either “support his claims, or step back.”

“This is why I have been working to get senior military and DHS officials to clearly state on the record what they will do if the president refuses to transition from power,” Slotkin said. “The president can’t successfully refuse to accept the results of the election without a number of very senior officials aiding him. It is those officials, along with many others involved in administering elections, that will determine what happens after Nov. 3.

“To the Attorney General, Secretary of Defense, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Secretary of Homeland Security: history is coming for you, and you will have to make a choice.”

Slotkin sent official Questions for the Record to Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf last week, asking him to commit to uphold the Department of Homeland Security’s apolitical role in the election. Slotkin asked similar questions of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Secretary of Defense.

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