Biden Team to have access to over $6 million in taxpayer dollars…
In what has been perceived as a disappointing sign from conservative commentators, an official from the Trump Administration has officially reached out to the Biden “transition team” to make available to them funds, services, and office space that is granted to the President-elect. The news comes in the form of a letter (provided below) from the General Services Administration to the Joe Biden team.
Joe Biden’s team will now receive $6,300,000 to carry out his transition and an additional $1,000,000 to “provide appointee orientation sessions.”
Some have taken this move as the administrations acceptance of the possibility that they will not retain the White House. Emily Murphy, the administrator of the United States General Services Administration, dispatched the letter that alerted Joe Biden to this development.
People may be inclined to read into some of Murphy’s word choice, notably that she “came to [this] decision independently” based oon the 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.”
Trump, however, has indicated publicly that he personally recommended that Murphy take this action, tweeting:
“I want to thank Emily Murphy at GSA for her steadfast dedication and loyalty to our Country. 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.”
…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.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 23, 2020
Murphy continues, “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 reiterates later that her decision was not made out of “fear or favoritism,” but instead believes that the law requires her to “ascertain…the apparent president-elect.”
“As you know, the GSA Administrator does not pick or certify the winner of a presidential election. Instead the GSA Administrator’s role under the Act is extremely narrow: to make resources and services available in connection with a presidential transition. 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. The actual winner of the presidential election will be determined by the electoral process detailed in the Constitution.”