On Monday evening, President Donald J. Trump announced he will direct federal funds and resources to President-elect Joseph R. Biden’s transition team. 

Emily Murphy, a Trump appointee and director of the General Services Administration, ascertained Biden as the apparent winner.

Administrator Emily Murphy made the determination after Trump’s efforts to subvert the vote failed across battleground states, citing, “recent developments involving legal challenges and certifications of election results.”

However, President Trump tweeted, “Our case STRONGLY continues, we will keep up the good fight, and I believe we will prevail! Nevertheless, in the best interest of our Country, 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.”

Additionally, Murphy said in a letter to President-elect Biden, “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.”

Republican lawmakers spoke out in disappointment of Murphy’s decision to delay the transition over the weekend. Approximately 21 Republican senators have expressed their displeasure with Trump’s decision-making skills. 

Those Senators included Rob Portman of Ohio, Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Roy Blunt of Missouri, Ben Sasse of Nebraska, Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, John Cornyn of Texas, John Thune of South Dakota, Mitt Romney of Utah, Mike Braun and Todd Young of Indiana, Tim Scott of South Carolina, Rick Scott and Marco Rubio of Florida, Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Richard Burr of Virginia, Pat Toomey of Rhode Island, Martha McSally of Arizona, Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts of Kansas, and lastly Richard Shelby of Alabama.

Toomey said President Donald Trump has “exhausted all plausible legal options to challenge the result of the presidential race in Pennsylvania.”

“With today’s decision by Judge Matthew Brann, a longtime conservative Republican whom I know to be a fair and unbiased jurist, to dismiss the Trump campaign’s lawsuit, President Trump has exhausted all plausible legal options to challenge the result of the presidential race in Pennsylvania,” Toomey said in a statement.

President Trump mentioned Murphy was a victim of harassment. However, Monday afternoon, Murphy declined a formal request by the Democratic chairwoman of the House Oversight and Reform and Appropriations Committees which demanded Murphy give a written statement why she refused to approve the transition process. 

Murphy refused, and the 5 p.m. deadline passed. House Democrats wrote Ms. Murphy yet another letter, demanding a briefing on Tuesday. She would have been issued a subpoena and would be forced to testify. 

“Our democracy and the orderly transition of power from one president to another must not be undermined by the inexplicable unwillingness of one candidate to accept the clear results of an election or the inaction of government officials such as yourself,” said U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff wrote in his own letter.

Yohannes Abraham, the executive director of the Biden transition, said in a statement that the decision “is a needed step to begin tackling the challenges facing our nation, including getting the pandemic under control and our economy back on track.”

He added, “In the days ahead, transition officials will begin meeting with federal officials to discuss the pandemic response, have a full accounting of our national security interests, and gain a complete understanding of the Trump administration’s efforts to hollow out government agencies.”

Meanwhile, the Georgia recount President Trump demanded Saturday is scheduled to go ahead Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. Last week, the state completed its hand tally, which resulted in Biden winning the election by 12,670 votes.

Each county has until Dec. 2 at 11:59 p.m. to complete the count. 

Gabriel Sterling, Georgia’s voting and implementation manager instructed each county to give public notice of when during that period they will be counting so monitors from political parties and any interested members of the public can be there to observe.

This will be the third time votes will be counted in Georgia.

General Services Administration administrator Emily W. Murphy (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

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