“I intervened. I spoke to them on Friday,” Lankford said, declining to give details of who he spoke to and what they said. “My staff was involved; I participated. “
Lankford said he had spoken to the agency about the process he should take to determine whether Biden is the president-elect and whether he should begin a formal transition, including intelligence briefings for the new administration.
“We talked through the process where they came from. I talked about what I think is a good process, but I just won’t go into all the details,” said Lankford, who chairs a Senate subcommittee that oversees the agency.
Lankford defended the General Services Administration̵
“There’s no way to find out,” Lankford said. “The GSA is not the voters.”
The comments came after Lankford drew attention last week when he said Biden should be briefed on national security issues by Nov. 13.
Lankford said Monday that Biden should receive the regular secret briefings he received as a candidate. But he argues that Biden should not have access to the president’s daily briefing – or daily summary of high-level intelligence – until he is formally elected president.
Lankford said Monday that he was not inconsistent: “Nothing has changed for me.” He argues that he is “concerned” about the shortened transition process and wants to make sure that Biden receives certain briefings, as Trump is challenging the election results.
“I really wouldn’t want to have an intellectual difference in the meantime,” Lankford said.
Asked when Trump’s deadline was, Lankford said December 14, when the Electoral College voted, “when the whole country is certified.”
CNN’s Betsy Klein, Alison Main and Caroline Kelly contributed to this report.