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Trump officially authorises Biden transition

The transition process had been stalled for weeks as Trump’s team waged a sputtering legal battle across the country to contest the results.

US President Donald Trump said late Monday he is advising his team to begin “initial protocols” for a transition to President-elect Joe Biden’s administration.

Emily Murphy, the administrator of the US General Services Administration (GSA), an independent agency of the government, informed Biden in a letter that he can now access millions of dollars in federal funds and other resources to begin his transition to power.

TRUMP THANKED MURPHY FOR HER DEDICATION TO THE COUNTRY

“As stated, because of recent developments involving legal challenges and certifications of election results, I have determined that you may access the post-election resources and services described in Section 3 of the Act upon request,” she said.

Murphy said she made the decision independently, citing law and available facts. “I was never directly or indirectly pressured by any Executive Branch official—including those who work at the White House or GSA—with regard to the substance or timing of my decision,” she added.

He said Murphy “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.”

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