For the first time in U.S. history, the United States General Services Administration refuses to provide government resources to the incoming administration’s transition team.
GSA Administrator Emily Murphy is required by law to sign paperwork providing Joe Biden’s transition team with funding, office space, equipment, and access to government officials.
The Presidential Transition Act of 1963 requires these documents to be signed within 24 hours of determining an election winner. Murphy, a public servant not intended to be partial to one administration over another, won’t approve the resources.
It’s unclear that there’s a specific action for the U.S. government to take against Murphy. Breaking a law like the Presidential Transition Act isn’t the same as speeding. It’s ignoring and undermining the very structure by which our highest office is intended to function and power is intended to move from one leader to the next.
Just five days before the election, the White House promoted one of their own lawyers — Trent J. Benishek — to instead represent the GSA.
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