Trump administration begins transition process to Biden

by Peter Heck · Nov 23rd, 2020 9:33 pm

Last Updated Nov 24th, 2020 at 7:19 pm

President Trump confirmed in a tweet Monday evening that his administration will begin the formal transition process to Democrat Joe Biden's incoming team.

After House Democrats demanded to be briefed on why the formal transition process had not yet started, General Services Administration Administrator Emily W. Murphy forwarded a letter to former Vice President Joe Biden.

In the letter, Murphy cited "recent developments involving legal challenges and certifications of election results" as her motivation in making the "resources and services" of the formal transition process available to the Democrat's team.

Murphy said that she arrived at her decision independently and without pressure from President Trump.

"To be clear, I did not receive any direction to delay my determination. 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," Murphy wrote.

She also urged Congress to consider amending the Presidential Transition Act of 1963, noting that its lack of procedures or standards for navigating a disputed election outcome has caused her difficulty in knowing how and when to move forward.


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