The Joe Biden-Kamala Harris transition team; said it anticipated a smooth transfer of power after the General Services Administration approved the official handoff; while likewise going after the outgoing president.
“Today’s decision is a needed step to begin tackling the challenges facing our nation; including getting the pandemic under control and our economy back on track;” the team wrote in a statement on Monday; calling the move a “definitive” and “final decision” to formally begin the transition.
In the days ahead, transition officials will begin meeting with federal officials to discuss the pandemic response… and gain complete understanding of the Trump administration’s efforts to hollow out government agencies.
The missive comes after GSA head Emily Murphy signed the official “letter of ascertainment” earlier on Monday; which opens up transition funds for the Biden campaign and paves the way for him to take office by inauguration day in January.
Murphy had previously declined to sign the letter amid ongoing legal challenges from President Donald Trump’s campaign, but ultimately did so; insisting the delay was not the result of pressure from the White House.
While vowing to proceed with the fight in court to upset the election result, Trump didn’t challenge Murphy’s choice, saying it was “in the best interest of our country” for her to start the transition while his challenges continue to play out in court.