GSA appointee delays Biden transition process, citing need for ‘clear’ winner

The Trump administration has thrown the presidential transition into uproar, with President Donald Trump barring government officials from cooperating with President-elect Joe Biden’s team and Attorney General William Barr allowing the Department of Justice to investigate allegations not founded on electoral fraud. Some Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, have rallied behind Trump’s efforts to fight the election results. Few GOP members have acknowledged Biden’s victory or condemned Trump’s other concerning move on Monday: his sacking of Defense Secretary Mark Esper. The developments cast doubt on the fact that the nation will witness the same kind of smooth power transition that has long entrenched its democracy. The electoral college is expected to officially confirm Biden’s victory on December 14, and the Democrat will be sworn in at the end of January. On Monday, Barr allowed US lawyers to investigate the “substantial” allegations of electoral irregularities and electoral fraud, although there are no widespread cases of such a problem in the 2020 election. Election officials from both political parties have publicly stated that the vote went well and international observers have also confirmed that there were no serious irregularities. Biden’s campaign lawyer Bob Bauer has said Barr’s memorandum authorizing the investigations “will only fuel the ‘specious, speculative, fanciful or far-fetched claims’ he claims to be wary of.” Biden continued with plans to strengthen his administration, assembling a team of experts to deal with the growing pandemic. But the federal agency, which needs to give the green light to the beginnings of the transition of power, hesitated to take this step. And the White House decided to crack down on those who were not deemed loyal enough as Trump continued to refuse to concede the race. Trump has remained out of sight in the White House, with conversations ongoing about how the defeated president would spend the days and weeks to come as he challenges the people’s verdict. Trump is not expected to formally concede, but he is likely to reluctantly leave the White House at the end of his term, according to several people around him. Also under discussion: the possibility of more campaign rallies as he tries to keep his supporters on fire despite his loss. It was possible that they would introduce his family and major supporters, but not the president himself. The ouster of Esper, the Pentagon chief, was expected by some collaborators as the first of several layoffs of Trump, now freed from the need to face voters again and angry with those in his administration perceived as insufficiently loyal . Other people suspected of being vulnerable: FBI Director Christopher Wray, CIA Director Gina Haspel, and infectious disease expert Dr Anthony Fauci. The president was covered to continue fighting by McConnell, seen by many in the GOP as the one who may eventually need to push Trump out. “Our institutions are actually built for this,” McConnell said as he opened the Senate on Monday. “We have the system in place to address concerns and President Trump is 100% within his rights to review allegations of wrongdoing and weigh his legal options.” Democratic Senate Leader Chuck Schumer countered that Republicans’ refusal to accept the election results was “extremely dangerous, extremely toxic to our democracy.” “Joe Biden won the fair and square ballot,” Schumer said. A few other GOP senators sent lukewarm nods towards a transition. Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska congratulated Biden and Senator Susan Collins of Maine noted the Democrat’s “apparent victory”. But many Republican lawmakers were reluctant to talk about the election, seeing little political incentive to take a firm stand on Trump’s transition from the White House. Republicans on Capitol Hill were reluctant to push Trump to give in to Biden, knowing it would anger their base of Trump’s most staunch supporters. Most did not openly encourage the president’s unsubstantiated fraud allegations, while leaving unfounded questions about the electoral process to persist. Subscribe to our YouTube channel: Bloomberg Quicktake brings you live global news and original programming covering business, technology, politics and culture. Make sense of the stories that change your business and your world. To watch full coverage on Bloomberg Quicktake 24/7, visit or watch on Apple TV, Roku, Samsung Smart TV, Fire TV, and Android TV on the Bloomberg app. Connect with us on… YouTube: Latest news on YouTube: Twitter: Facebook: Instagram:

Fox News ends Kayleigh McEnany press conference for spreading election lies

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