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Dan Coats: 'Every Conceivable Effort' Must Be Made to Protect Election

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By    |   Thursday, 17 September 2020 11:12 AM

Dan Coats, the former director of national intelligence, is calling on Congress to create a bipartisan commission to oversee the November election.

Coats made his comments in a Thursday column posted by The New York Times. He said the most “urgent task” American leaders face is to make certain the November election results are accepted as legitimate.

"Our democracy’s enemies, foreign and domestic, want us to concede in advance that our voting systems are faulty or fraudulent; that sinister conspiracies have distorted the political will of the people; that our public discourse has been perverted by the news media and social networks riddled with prejudice, lies and ill will; that judicial institutions, law enforcement and even national security have been twisted, misused and misdirected to create anxiety and conflict, not justice and social peace," he said.

"The most important part of an effective response is to finally, at long last, forge a genuinely bipartisan effort to save our democracy, rejecting the vicious partisanship that has disabled and destabilized government for too long."

Coats wants Congress to create a “supremely high-level bipartisan and nonpartisan commission to oversee the election.”

He said such a commission would confirm for the public that the laws and regulations have been followed.

“Also, this commission would be responsible for monitoring those forces that seek to harm our electoral system through interference, fraud, disinformation or other distortions,” he said. 

Coats maintain that if the U.S. doesn’t take action, the only winners will be “Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping, and Ali Khamenei.”

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Dan Coats, the former director of national intelligence, is calling on Congress to create a bipartisan commission to oversee the November election. Coats made his comments in a Thursday column posted by The New York Times. He said the most "urgent task" American leaders face...
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