Biden's presidential transition can formally begin, U.S. agency says. Trump, who has yet to concede the election, directs his team to co-operate on Biden transition.
Trump administration official clears the way for President-elect Biden's transition to begin
This comes as Biden's transition has been hampered by the GSA amid Trump falsely claiming victory and fighting the certification of votes in several swing states.
After weeks of delay, the head of the General Services Administration informed President-elect Joe Biden on Monday that the official governmental transition process has been approved.
GSA Administrator Emily Murphy said in a letter that Biden, whom she referred to as "the apparent president-elect," is now able to access millions of dollars in federal funds and other resources to begin his transition to power. In her letter, Murphy also denied that she had been under pressure from the White House to delay the process.
“I have dedicated much of my adult life to public service, and I have always strived to do what is right," she said. "Please know that I came to my 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."
Trump in a pair of tweets vowed to continue his legal fight to contest the election results but said, "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.”