GSA Tells Biden Transition Can Formally Begin

Biden and Harris
Biden and Harris

The head of the General Services Administration said Monday the official governmental transition process has been approved.

GSA Administrator Emily Murphy told Joe Biden in a letter that he can now start accessing millions of dollars in federal funds and other resources to begin the transition to power. 

NBC News reported that Murphy emphasized that she was never under pressure from the White House to delay the process.

“To be clear, I did not receive any direction to delay my determination,” Murphy said in a letter to the Biden-Harris transition. “I did, however, receive threats online, by phone, and by mail directed at my safety, my family, my staff, and even my pets in an effort to coerce me into making this determination prematurely. Even in the face of thousands of threats, I always remained committed to upholding the law.

She continued, “Contrary to media reports and insinuations, my decision was not made out of fear or favoritism. Instead, I strongly believe that the statute requires that the GSA Administrator ascertain, not impose, the apparent president-elect. Unfortunately, the statute provides no procedures or standards for this process, so I looked to precedent from prior elections involving legal challenges and incomplete counts. GSA does not dictate the outcome of legal disputes and recounts, nor does it determine whether such proceedings are reasonable or justified. These are issues that the Constitution, federal laws, and state laws leave to the election certification process and decisions by courts of competent jurisdiction. I do not think that an agency charged with improving federal procurement and property management should place itself above the constitutionally-based election process. I strongly urge Congress to consider amendments to the Act.”

While President Trump still refuses to concede, he said he is recommending his team to cooperate in the transition of power.

“I want to thank Emily Murphy at GSA for her steadfast dedication and loyalty to our Country,” Trump tweeted. She has been harassed, threatened, and abused – and I do not want to see this happen to her, her family, or employees of 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.”

The Biden transition team welcomed the news.