Note: This piece was originally published in Politico and covers many Checks & Balances members’ endorsement of Joe Biden. Member Donald Ayer is also quoted in the piece.
A group of onetime Republican presidential appointees who served as senior ethics or Justice Department aides are endorsing Joe Biden for president, warning that Donald Trump has “weaponized” the executive branch and is putting in peril the legitimacy of the Justice Department.
“I think a lot of us are extremely alarmed, frankly, at the threat of autocracy,” Donald B. Ayer, former deputy attorney general during the George H.W. Bush administration, said in an interview with POLITICO. “He’s going to be unleashed if he gets a second term. I don’t know what’s going to stop him.”
The former officials endorsing Tuesday served under the Reagan, H.W. Bush and George W. Bush administrations.
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