And she fears Trump will fire her if she crosses him, a senior administration official told The Washington Post.
President Trump ‘does not want a transition,’ the official said. ‘He’s made that very clear, and we are following orders.’
Murphy is in charge of ‘ascertainment’ – the formal acknowledgement of the winner of the election so the federal government can start the transition process. Without her blessing, Biden’s team has no access to federal agencies nor the money allocated for the transition process.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Friday denied anyone from the White House was pressuring Murphy.
‘Absolutely not,’ she said during her press briefing. ‘GSA will make the determination of ascertainment at the right moment. There’s a constitutional process.’
Murphy is telling people she feels extreme pressure and has suggested ‘ascertainment’ could be weeks away.
‘She wants to see what happens with all of the states, and she is looking for cues from the White House,’ the official told The Post. ‘She doesn’t want to be disloyal to the administration that hired her.’
General Services Administration chief Emily Murphy fears Donald Trump will fire her if she starts transition process for Joe Biden
President Trump is contesting the election and an official said Trump has made it clear he doesn’t want a transition
Murphy is said to be considering several options when it comes to ‘ascertainment’ – ones which would give her political cover.
Those options include:
- Acting after states have certified their election results
- After the Electoral College meets on December 14 – that was the timeline the GSA used in the 2000 election although Joe Biden has a much larger margin of victory than the 537 Florida votes that determined the 2000 contest
- Or she…
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