January 17, 2021

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GSA recognizes Biden victory, opening up transition to White House

Yamiche Alcindor:

That’s right.

The moment that president-elect Joe Biden, as well as his supporters and many Republicans and Democrats in Washington and all over this country were waiting for has finally arrived.

Emily Murphy, the head of the General Services Administration, has finally said this transition can officially begin. This means that Joe Biden will be getting some $6.3 million to start the process, the resources that he will be able to use to staff up, to use office space, to really get the transition under way.

We should also note that this means that there will be a clearing, possibly, a clearing shortly of Cabinet officials. We saw Joe Biden announce a number of Cabinet officials. But now we — they can actually get the background checks. And those conversations about them possibly getting Senate-confirmed can really officially begin, as now GOP senators have that.

Now, I would say, I should say that the president, surprisingly, is saying that he’s endorsing this move by the GSA, even though he’s keeping up his legal challenges.

I want to read to you what the president wrote on Twitter just a few moments ago: “I want to thank Emily Murphy at GSA for her steadfast dedication and loyalty to our country. She has been harassed, threatened and abused. And I do not want to see this happen to her, her family or employees at GSA.

“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.”

Now, Emily Murphy, the head of the GSA, she refutes a bit of that. She says that she came to this decision independently. She also said that she was never pressured to try to delay this, either by the White House or any other officials in government.

Another thing to note is, she says that she is defending her delaying this process, saying that she didn’t want to get ahead of the constitutional process.

The bottom line here is that Joe Biden, who has already started moving forward with his transition, he can officially start that now.

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