General Services Administration chief Emily Murphy told President-Elect Joe Biden on Monday that the Trump administration is providing federal res for his transition to office.
Murphy’s letter, which deferred his decision about Biden’s election victory for weeks after the November 3 election, approved the move before President Donald Trump tweeted.
Nevertheless, Trump still explicitly denied Biden the race, which is projected to win Trump’s 232 to 306 electoral college votes.
Trump has made false accusations that he has won “too many” elections, and has promoted a range of conspiracies that accuse him of widespread electoral fraud without evidence.
Lawyers for the Trump campaign, including former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, have filed lawsuits in several major swing states that helped Biden top the election. Most of those, who in some cases have asked judges to stop states from certifying their final vote length, have been rejected.
Murphy’s letter followed the latest series of results of efforts to eliminate the unsuccessful results of Trump’s election, including another court loss in Pennsylvania and certification of vote totals in Georgia and Michigan.
Murphy said in his letter to Biden that his decision resulted in more than $ 7 million in federal funding for his transition. Biden’s team was already raising funds in the wake of Election Day and was on track to achieve its fundraising goals.
The Biden Transition Team said in a statement, “Today’s decision is a necessary step to address the challenges facing our nation, including bringing the epidemic under control and putting our economy back on track.”
“This final decision is a definitive administrative action with federal agencies to formally begin the transition process.”
Under federal law, the head of the GSA held the power to free millions of dollars allocated toward the president’s transition expenditure. After news funds were projected to hold back those funds for weeks, Biden defeated Trump, the low-profile agency suddenly in the headlines.
Murphy had become the target of intense criticism and pressure from both the public and lawmakers alike, who insisted that he immediately trace Biden’s victory and allow his team to use the funds. Leaders of the House Democratic Committee last week demanded that Murphy personally ban them from funding.
In a letter to Biden, Murphy strongly defended his actions and pushed back his critics, who in some instances accused him of acting with political motivations.
“I have devoted most of my adult life to public service, and I have always done what is right. Please know that I came to my decision independently, based on the law and the available facts. I would never Did not come under direct or indirect pressure. Officers of any executive branch – including those working in the White House or the GSA – in relation to the substance or timing of my decision, “Murphy wrote.
“To be clear, I did not receive any instructions to delay my determination. I, however, threatened over the phone, and at the instruction of my safety, my family, my staff, and even my pets.” Is. Murphy wrote, “Let me make this determination ahead of time. Even in spite of thousands of threats, I have always been committed to upholding the law. “
“Contrary to media reports and contradictions, my decision was not out of fear or favor,” she said. “Instead, I firmly believe that this statute requires that the GSA Administrator ascertain, not a clear presidential-election. Unfortunately, the statute does not provide any procedure or standard for this process, so I have passed legal elections. Before the elections saw more challenges. Incomplete counts. “
Trump thanked Murphy for his dedication and loyalty to his country, in a pair of tweets after the letter’s release.
The president tweeted, “She is harassed, threatened, and abused – and I don’t want to see that happen to her, her family or GSA employees.”
Trump said his legal efforts were “strong,” adding, “I believe we will prevail!”
But he said: “Nevertheless, in the best interests of our country, I am recommending what Emily and her team have to do regarding the initial protocol, and ask my team to do the same.”
CNN first reported the GSA letter for the presidential election.
Read Murphy’s letter to Biden: