US federal agency announces plans to begin presidential transition process following Trump election loss
Thursday, November 26, 2020
On Monday, United States administrator sent a letter to President-elect Joe Biden and his team, giving them permission to access what she described as post-election resources for a presidential transition process following the 2020 US Presidential Election on November 3, which multiple national news outlets have projected former US Joe Biden won against US President Donald Trump.
Murphy claimed she made this decision without influence from the White House, insisting she was "never directly or indirectly pressured by any official". However, she claimed she and her family had received violent threats due to her involvement in the process of allowing the incoming president elect access to federal documents.
President Trump, who appointed Murphy to her position himself in 2017, responded to her letter on Twitter, calling for the beginning of a presidential transition process "in the best interests of the country". The president's response is a drastic departure in tone from his previous rhetoric and demeanor regarding the issue, in which he asserted he had won the election despite several key certifying their results in favor of Biden.
The president did not concede or admit defeat in the election in his statement, however, and vowed to keep fighting "the good fight" with court cases challenging the election results in swing states.
To date, the president's claims of widespread Pennsylvania from certifying their results.have not gained any momentum in the courts. Two days prior to Michigan's final certification of its election results, a dismissed a Trump lawsuit attempting to prevent the state of
Trump and his legal team have come under scrutiny from both sides of the aisle in response to their claims of election fraud. Biden and others in the Democratic Party warned the delayed transition process could potentially be a threat to , in withholding resources from Biden and his team. Senate Chuck Schumer commented the president's tweets Monday are likely as near as the US public will ever have to an official concession from the president.
Other Republicans have broken with Trump and have urged him to move forward with the presidential transition, such as former New Jersey governor Chris Christie, who denounced the Trump legal team's claims as a "national embarrassment". Additionally, businessman and Trump loyalist said the president should accept the election outcome and "move on". Over 100 Republican national security experts signed an open letter urging Republican officials to push the president to concede the election.
Traditionally, the General Services Administration has acted once the national media has called the presidential race for a candidate. Joe Biden is projected to win theand was also victorious in the , winning by over six million votes. He was projected on November 7 to have won, and would be sworn into office on January 20.
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