Lankford slammed by Trump loyalists over intelligence briefings

Lankford slammed by Trump loyalists over intelligence briefings

The Trump campaign has filed lawsuits in Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Nevada, and Arizona - all states where Biden leads by a healthy margin - and at least three of those states would need to be flipped by recounts or legal challenges to overturn Biden's electoral college lead. "Mr. Biden led Wednesday in Wisconsin by 20,540 votes, Pennsylvania by 49,064, MI by 146,123, Arizona by 12,614, Nevada by 36,870 and Georgia by 14,108".

But a handful of Republican senators on Thursday urged the Trump administration to allow Biden to receive intelligence briefings, implicitly acknowledging he could eventually occupy the White House even as they refused to recognize his win.

Traditionally, the State Department supports all communications for the President-elect, which is why many countries began sending messages to State over the weekend.

"I don't see it as a high-risk proposition. I think that makes sense".

But even if Biden won legitimately, does anyone believe that the Democrats would not commit a foul if the shoe was on the other foot?

"The fact that they're not willing to acknowledge we won at this point is not of much outcome in our planning", Mr Biden said, looking ahead to his inauguration.

The General Services Administration, a federal agency, has not yet recognised Biden as the victor, freezing funding and other resources earmarked for the transition of power. And so, we should be in the same posture that we ran through the campaign with them both receiving the briefings as both try to prepare.

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When reporters asked Graham, a vocal Trump defender, if the briefings should proceed, he responded, "I think so, yeah".

On Nov. 11, the campaign filed a similar federal lawsuit in the Western District of MI alleging misconduct such as harassment of Republican poll challengers and a requirement that they adhere to six-foot distancing rules unlike Democratic poll challengers.

States face a December 8 "safe harbor" deadline to certify their elections and choose electors for the Electoral College, which will officially select the new President on December 14.

Foreign leaders have begun to figure out that State can not get them in touch with the President-elect and their teams have reached out to former Obama-era diplomats for their assistance on how to send congratulatory messages to Biden's team, sources told CNN.

Attention is now expected to shift to Biden's picks for cabinet posts, though aides have so far given few clues about when announcements will be made. His team said Biden was meeting with transition advisers on Thursday in Delaware.

Despite that, rumours and conspiracy theories of a corrupted vote that allegedly "robbed" Trump have flooded the internet, and Republicans and the Trump campaign have filed multiple lawsuits around the country claiming irregularities.

The last time Trump spoke - in the White House briefing room two days after the election - he said without evidence that if "legal" votes were counted he would "easily win" the election. Biden was winning the national popular vote by more than 5 million votes, with some states still counting ballots.

The statement emphasised that the November 3rd election "was the most secure in American history".

According to government officials, despite "many unfounded claims and opportunities for misinformation about the process of our elections", they want to assure the American people that they have "the utmost confidence in the security and integrity of our elections".

Raising unsupported claims of voter fraud, Trump has blocked the incoming president from receiving intelligence briefings and withheld federal funding meant to help facilitate the transfer of power.

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