Originally Published: Cleveland.com By Guest Columnist Michael Anne Johnson and Roger Synenberg

CLEVELAND — We are Clevelanders. One is Republican and one a former Republican. We met serving as assistant United States attorneys working for the Department of Justice in the 1980s. And although our paths went in different directions, today we stand committed to Operation Grant, a union of Ohio Republicans against the reelection of Donald Trump.

In 2016, many Republicans saw potential for change in the White House and took a chance on Trump. We failed to predict how he would flagrantly abuse his power, undermine the rule of law and obstruct justice.

Operation Grant is guided by the words of our 18th president, Ohio’s Ulysses S. Grant: “My failures have been errors in judgment, not intent.” Ohioans who put their faith in Trump in 2016 made an error of judgment, not intent. Operation Grant was launched to let people know Trump is not a patriot, not a Republican and not worthy of your vote.

Trump has violated our trust in innumerable ways. He turned his back on our NATO allies and embraced Russia’s Vladimir Putin and other dictators while refuting intelligence and advice from his own appointed advisers. He has proven himself to be a destroyer of democracy and has shamed us on the international stage.

Trump has shown gross incompetence in handling the COVID-19 pandemic and has put his own interests before the health and welfare of our country.

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He has publicly bullied and berated professionals in the Executive Branch and misused his power against those brave enough to speak truth to power. Where he had the opportunity to show compassion and lead, he has divided the nation with malicious tweets.

Trump and U.S. Attorney General William Barr have debased the Department of Justice. Trump’s purpose in selecting Barr became evident when Barr nullified the Mueller Report findings that Trump obstructed the investigation into Russia’s 2016 election interference.

Emboldened, both Trump and Barr cried foul about pending prosecutions. Trump commuted Roger Stone’s sentence and Barr sought to dismiss the case against Michael Flynn; both Stone and Flynn had lied about their dealings with Russia. They are Trump allies and were mum about Trump’s role (Stone: “I will never roll on Donald Trump”).

Appalled at the politicization, a number of Department of Justice prosecutors resigned or stepped off the case. More than 2,000 former DOJ prosecutors have called on Barr to resign.

The duo did not stop there! The U.S. attorney in Manhattan who was heading investigations of Trump allies was effectively fired, and five federal inspectors general (State, Intelligence, Transportation, Health and Human Services and Defense), their departments’ internal watchdogs, either were fired or given other duties. Trump scorned State Department officials who truthfully testified during his House impeachment.

Trump, through Barr, had officers forcefully remove nonviolent protesters from Lafayette Square to make room for a photo op of Trump holding a Bible. Recently, unidentified federal officers in black or camouflage attire showed up at protests without a request by local officials. What is happening to our freedoms of speech and assembly?

President Trump claims no limits to his power. He claims, referring to the U.S. Constitution, that he has “an Article 2, where I have the right to do whatever I want as president.”

On the eve of our presidential election, Trump seeks to undermine confidence in the election with misinformation about absentee ballots and by slowing U.S. mail delivery so ballots will not be counted.

Trump is a clear and present danger to our democracy. Please join together to restore our republic and elect Joe Biden, an honest, capable, experienced leader who will adhere to the rule of law and get our country back on track.

Michael Anne Johnson was an assistant U.S. attorney for 22 years and a member of the Department of Justice trial team that denaturalized John Demjanjuk, the Nazi concentration camp guard. Roger Synenberg is a former Republican, an attorney in private practice and a former co-chair of the Cuyahoga County Republican Party and a former chair of the county Board of Elections. Earlier, Synenberg was an assistant U.S. attorney. Both are members of Operation Grant, www.operationgrant.org.