- Democratic leaders of the parliamentary oversight and reform committee insist they know why President-elect Joe Biden has not been recognized as the next head of state.
- In a letter sent Thursday, Democrats asked Emily Murphy, head of the General Services administration, to personally explain why she did not join any major news network when the election was called.
- “We were extremely patient, but we can’t wait any longer,” the deputies wrote.
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Democratic leaders are pushing to understand why President-elect Joe Biden has not been recognized as the next head of state by the Trump administration, even though the race has already been called for by all major news networks.
Under the Presidential Transition Act, the General Services Administration must provide office space and equipment to support “apparently successful presidential and vice presidential candidates.”
But GSA Administrator Emily Murphy, who has been appointed outgoing President Donald Trump, has failed to compete on her own, delaying the official transition to the next president – and Democrats say threatening the next administration’s ability to deal immediately with the many crises it will inherit. from a pandemic to a recession.
In a letter to Murphy on November 19, the leaders of the parliamentary oversight and reform committee wrote that “there is no possible argument” that the winner of the 2020 elections is not yet clear.
“Newly elected President Biden and newly elected Vice President Harris have clearly complied with any good faith reading of this standard,” Democratic lawmakers wrote. “We were extremely patient, but we can’t wait any longer.”
-Rep. Gary Connolly (@GerryConnolly) November 20, 2020
Earlier on Thursday, CNN reported that Murphy was struggling with the decision, citing people who had spoken to her recently.
“It absolutely feels like a difficult place,” a friend told CNN. “She’s scared on several levels. It’s a terrible situation.”
In their letter, House Democrats ask Murphy to tell them personally why she has not yet made a decision and to clarify whether she has been pressured by the Trump administration to stop.
It has been 20 years since the last delay in the presidential transition. Former Vice President Al Gore and former President George W. Bush were then embroiled in an intense court battle in Florida, with the winner to move to the White House.
“In this unprecedented, incredibly close and highly contested election, with legal action taking place on both sides, it is not clear to me who the winner is,” said then-GSA administrator David J. I went to Congress on December 7, 2000. The transition began only days later, after the US Supreme Court intervened and stopped the census, handing over the presidency to the Republican nominee.
According to CNN, Murphy sees 2000 as a precedent. But there are big differences, Democrats say. First, the victory of Biden and Harris does not depend on the results of one country. The Democratic ticket has a 306 to 232 lead in the electoral college, a margin that Trump’s campaign itself considers a “landslide” in 2016; they also enjoy a lead in the popular vote of nearly 6 million.
“Unlike the Bush-Gore dispute in the 2000 election, there is no legitimate way forward for President Trump – no matter how many unfounded cases he files or his inappropriate refusal to back down,” lawmakers wrote.
The GSA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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