Trump agrees transition to Biden administration can begin

Biden can formally begin transition to White House

Two Trump administration officials told Reuters the Biden agency review teams could begin interacting with Trump agency officials as soon as Tuesday.

Pennsylvania law dictates that county Board of Election must certify results by the third Monday after the election.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said the GSA action "is probably the closest thing to a concession that President Trump could issue".

Trump still refused to concede and vowed to continue to fight in court after General Services Administrator Emily Murphy gave the green light Monday for Biden to coordinate with federal agencies ahead of his January 20 inauguration.

Murphy's letter to Biden acknowledging his victory unlocks more than $7 million for Biden's team and allows his top advisers to begin outreach to counterparts with every federal agency preparing for the transfer of power.

But we should watch for President Trump's reaction.

Her tweet indicates Trump wants to follow through on his original plan of getting a case before the Supreme Court, where he hopes 6-3 conservative court with new Justice Amy Coney Barrett will rule in his favor, despite more than 30 defeats in court so far.

At long last, 17 days after the election was called by all networks and news organizations in his favor, President-Elect Joe Biden can officially begin the transition process, now that General Services Administration head Emily Murphy has done her job and released the resources and funds to Biden and his transition team.

Emily Murphy, a functionary appointed by Trump who now leads the agency, had so far declined to certify Biden's victory, even as the former Vice-President informally proceeded with transition efforts, such as announcing cabinet picks and holding consultations with experts outside the government.

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The seminal move, which frees up $6.3 million funds from the federal government to begin staffing the incoming president's cabinet, came just after MI certified a Biden victory in that state.

A transition typically lasts about 11 weeks, normally from when it's clear who the victor is, up to 20 January when the next president officially takes over.

Ingraham argued that Trump should continue his legal challenges, which have been roundly rejected in multiple courts.

Murphy now appears to have relented under mounting political pressure, as several Republican senators, as well as business and world figures, called for the presidential transition process to start.

In today's letter, GSA administrator Emily Murphy made that critical move, declaring Joe Biden as the "apparent winner" of the election.

It was in the electoral college where Trump could have prevailed if tens of thousands of votes had gone the other way in a handful of key states, but as it stands with states continuing to certify their results, Biden is on track to win 306 electoral votes to Trump's 223.

Nevertheless, the certification in MI, the dismissal of more lawsuits and the start of the transition marks the turning of a corner - made even more real with Biden's announcement of a slew of Cabinet-level picks. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., is among a growing group of Republicans that support starting the presidential transition process.

On Monday, Trump acknowledged for the first time that the government agency meant to ease Biden's transition into the White House must "do what needs to be done".

"He should have never gone out and said he had won without producing evidence of fraud and illegality", said Bramnick, who also is pondering a run for governor in 2021. He has appointed John Kerry to take care of climate issues.

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