Trump admin officially gives transition go-ahead, but promises to ‘keep up the good fight’
General Services Administration head Emily Murphy has officially released a letter allowing the Joe Biden transition process to begin. Biden will now have access to national security briefings and can begin working with ‘Operation Warp Speed’ to address the pandemic. The move frees up $6.3 million in funds from the federal government to begin staffing the incoming president’s cabinet.
President Trump is giving the go-ahead for the transition process to proceed and praised Murphy but he is not conceding the election. He is vowing to fight until the truth comes out about every single vote.
There are numerous lawsuits in the process to determine if there was voter fraud in multiple states in this election. His legal team is still fighting in a number of states after major setbacks in court.
Trump also tweeted: “What does GSA being allowed to preliminary work with Dems have to do with continuing to pursue our various cases on what will go down as the most corrupt election in American political history?” Trump tweeted. “We are moving full speed ahead. Will never concede to fake ballots & “Dominion.”’
…fight, and I believe we will prevail! Nevertheless, in the best interest of our Country, I am recommending that Emily and her team do what needs to be done with regard to initial protocols, and have told my team to do the same.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 23, 2020
What does GSA being allowed to preliminarily work with the Dems have to do with continuing to pursue our various cases on what will go down as the most corrupt election in American political history? We are moving full speed ahead. Will never concede to fake ballots & “Dominion”.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 24, 2020
The Department of Defense said in a statement late Monday that it has been in contact with Biden’s transition team and “we will begin immediately implementing our plan to provide support in accordance with the statute, DoD policy and the memorandum of agreement between the White House” and the Biden team.
Murphy came under withering criticism for not moving ahead in the process earlier but she claims there was no pressure from the Trump administration. She came to her decision herself after watching and reviewing the ongoing election process. A number of Republicans also pressured Murphy to begin the transition process.
On Monday, Michigan certified its election results, and Pennsylvania is poised to do the same shortly. This also played into the decision by the GSA head.
“Because of recent developments involving legal challenges and certification of election results, I have determined that you may access the post-election resources and services described in Section 3 of the Act upon request,” she wrote.
“I have dedicated much of my life to public service, and I have always strived to do what is right,” Murphy insisted in her letter. “Please know that I came to this decision independently, based on the law and available facts. I was never directly or indirectly pressured by any Executive Branch official-including those who work at the White House or GSA-with regard to the substance or timing of my decision.”
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) November 23, 2020
In her letter to President-elect Biden, Murphy stated: “My decision was not made out of fear or favoritism. Instead, I strongly believe that the statute requires that the GSA Administrator ascertain, not impose, the apparent president-elect.”
“GSA does not dictate the outcome of legal disputes and recounts, nor does it determine whether such proceedings are reasonable or justified,” Murphy continued. “These are issues that the Constitution, federal laws, and state laws leave to the election certification process and decisions by courts of competent jurisdiction. I do not think that an agency charged with improving federal procurement and property management should place itself above the constitutionally-based election process. I strongly urge Congress to consider amendments to the Act.”
Murphy claims that she received threats by many demanding that she make the transition process prematurely.
“I did, however, receive threats online, by phone, and by mail directed at my safety, my family, my staff, and even my pets in an effort to coerce me into making this determination prematurely. Even in the face of thousands of threats, I always remained committed to upholding the law,” she stated.
Murphy’s letter cc’s a number of individuals including White House chief of staff Mark Meadows.