“We imagine that President Trump’s refusal to concede the election and permit for an orderly transition constitutes a severe risk to America’s democratic course of and to our national security. We due to this fact call on Republican leaders — particularly these in Congress — to publicly demand that President Trump stop his anti-democratic assault on the integrity of the presidential election,” the group wrote Monday.

The plea for a clean transition comes as Trump has but to concede the final election, and the Normal Providers Administration has but to formally acknowledge Biden’s victory, due to this fact blocking funds for a clean transition of energy.

Whereas Trump and a few of his allies proceed to dispute the election outcomes, a rising variety of senior Republicans have spoken out towards the President and his techniques to undermine the election, and quite a lot of veteran GOP lawmakers have referred to as on Trump to concede.

With their letter Monday, former senior national security officials who served in Republican administrations below Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush or as Republican Members of Congress, together with Tom Ridge, Michael Hayden, Chuck Hagel, Richard Armitage and Ken Wainstein, be a part of the refrain of Republicans popping out towards the President.

“President Trump’s continued efforts to solid doubt on the validity of the election and to intrude in state electoral processes undermine our democracy and threat long-term harm to our establishments. Though some Republican leaders have supported President Trump’s proper to problem features of the voting in varied states, for the great of the nation, they need to now strongly oppose his harmful and extra-legal efforts to intimidate state election officials and deform the Electoral School course of,” they wrote.

Along with threatening national security, the group additionally wrote that Trump’s refusal to concede comes because the US faces a worldwide pandemic and “severe threats from international adversaries, terrorist teams, and different forces.”

The group highlighted that the delay within the transition may hinder the power for officials on the Coronavirus Job Power, National Security Council, the Departments of State, Protection, and Homeland Security to satisfy with the incoming Biden administration.

“These considerations usually are not simply hypothetical,” the group wrote Monday, including that in 2000-2001, “the 9/11 Fee concluded that the shortened transition to the George W. Bush Administration throughout the election dispute,” had, “‘hampered the brand new administration in figuring out, recruiting, clearing, and acquiring Senate affirmation of key appointees’ who had been accountable for addressing the gathering risk of al Qaida terrorists within the months main as much as the 9/11 assaults.”

On the time, the group wrote, the 9/11 fee had “beneficial {that a} excessive precedence be positioned on ‘minimizing as a lot as attainable the disruption to national security policymaking throughout the change of administrations.'”