Election 2020: Latest information on the Trump-Biden transition

Biden's national security team still has significant gaps

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) walks by way of the Hart Senate Office Building on November 18, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Alex Wong/Getty Images

A large-range of Republican senators are shrugging off President Trump’s evidence-free claims that mass voter fraud price him the election, ignoring their occasion chief’s relentless assaults over a basis of American democracy amid their rising expectation that the matter might be resolved inside two weeks – with out their involvement. 

As they watch Trump torch native Republicans and governors who refuse to attempt to overturn the election outcomes, many have stayed quiet as extra states certify Joe Biden’s victory and extra of the president’s authorized challenges collapse. 

A central issue across the GOP’s resolution to remain quiet: The two essential Georgia Senate runoffs the place Trump can play a key position in turning out their base to assist preserve the chamber in Republican palms subsequent Congress. Infuriating Trump now will solely undercut their efforts to lean on a President who holds monumental sway with their core voters, Republican sources mentioned Monday. 

In the meantime, some outstanding senators on Monday dismissed the concept that they’ve a lot of a task to play in pushing again on Trump’s unfounded claims because the authorized and state certification course of performs out — as highly effective Republicans like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell remained silent Monday after saying little concerning the president’s weeks-long marketing campaign to undermine religion within the elections. 

Texas Sen. John Cornyn, a member of McConnell’s management group, mentioned Monday that the “verdict was rendered, and I think that’s becoming clearer by the minute” and that he’s “already moving on” to arrange for the incoming Biden administration.  

But Cornyn, like most Senate Republicans, wouldn’t seek advice from Biden as “President-elect,” saying the matter might be resolved on Dec. 14, when electors meet of their state capitols to solid their ballots to make official that Biden is the winner. 

“I really don’t feel the need to comment anymore on this,” Cornyn mentioned when requested about Trump’s conspiracy theories. “I don’t think that’s very productive.” 

Indeed, many Republicans – weary after 4 years of responding to Trump’s controversies and scandals – mentioned that the truth that the transition is formally underway is extra essential than pushing again towards Trump’s false claims that the election was rigged and talking out towards his brazen efforts to stress state officers to overturn the desire of voters. 

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