The Office of General Services allowed Biden’s transition team to meet with US government officials.
The Office of General Services has informed President-elect Joe Biden that the Trump administration is ready to begin transferring power. This is stated in a letter from the head of the Department, Emily Murphy, which was available to CNN.
The letter was the first step taken by the White House administration, more than two weeks after Joe Biden was declared the winner of the election.
Murphy said the White House did not pressure her to delay the formal transfer of power.
“Know that I came to my decision independently, based on the law and the available facts,” Murphy wrote. “I have never been pressured, directly or indirectly, by any Executive branch official, including those who work in the White House or the Office of General Services.”
President Trump on Twitter thanked Emily Murphy for her work.
“I want to thank GSA’s Emily Murphy for her continued dedication and loyalty to our country. She was harassed, threatened, and abused – and I don’t want that to happen to her, her family, or GSA employees. Our work continues CONFIDENTLY, we will continue the fight, and I believe that we will win! However, in the interests of our country, I recommend that Emily and her team do what needs to be done regarding the initial protocols and advised my team to do the same.”
The move will officially begin the transfer of power, allowing current government officials to coordinate with Biden’s team and provide millions of dollars to Fund the transfer of power.
Until recently, Murphy refused to start the process, despite Biden’s clear victory, which prevented the President-elect’s team from communicating with federal agencies. Murphy, who was appointed by President Trump, has come under intense scrutiny and political pressure from Democrats, and in recent days, Republicans, calling for a smooth transition of power.
On Monday, Republican Senator Rob Portman said that “at this time, there is no evidence of any widespread fraud or violations that could affect the outcome in any state,” and called for a transition process to begin.”