Over 40 former Republican and Democratic senators penned an op-ed urging current members of the Senate to join together and defend America’s core Democratic principles, saying that the U.S. is entering a “dangerous period” as Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election interference nears a conclusion.
“We are on the eve of the conclusion of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation and the House’s commencement of investigations of the president and his administration,” the 44 senators wrote in an op-ed addressed to current senators for The Washington Post. “The likely convergence of these two events will occur at a time when simmering regional conflicts and global power confrontations continue to threaten our security, economy and geopolitical stability.
“It is a time, like other critical junctures in our history, when our nation must engage at every level with strategic precision and the hand of both the president and the Senate.”
The former senators argue that the U.S. is at an “inflection point” in which the core principles of democracy and national security interests “are at stake.”
The letter notes that at other times in U.S. history, the Senate has been the body to stand up for democracy during times when it was threatened.
“Today is once again such a time,” the senators write.
“Regardless of party affiliation, ideological leanings or geography, as former members of this great body, we urge current and future senators to be steadfast and zealous guardians of our democracy by ensuring that partisanship or self-interest not replace national interest.”