Referring to Trump’s repeated and baseless claims of fraud and efforts to pressure election officials, Cohen, a Republican who served under President Bill Clinton, told CNN’s Don Lemon that the rule of law must be followed and that Trump’s conduct is actively hurting the country.
“This bodes not well for the United States, because we’re standing on the abyss of the destruction of our democracy. And so we have to come back to the key principles. You have to have truth in every facet of our lives. And when you don’t, you will not have the trust of the people,” Cohen said on “CNN Tonight.”
“Our elections have occurred. Recounts and audits have been conducted. Appropriate challenges have been addressed by the courts. Governors have certified the results. And the electoral college has voted. The time for questioning the results has passed; the time for the formal counting of the electoral college votes, as prescribed in the Constitution and statute, has arrived,” wrote the former defense secretaries.
Cohen on Monday told Lemon that while the letter from the Defense secretaries was written and published prior to the release of Trump’s call, “that tape recording only confirms what we have been seeing for the past four years,” Cohen said.
“We talk about the rule of law and people have to understand: if there is no rule of law, if people are allowed to abuse it and misuse it, then all of us are in danger,” Cohen added.
CNN’s Paul LeBlanc contributed to this report.