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Published on November 23, 2020 11:12 PM

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Trump GSA Appointee Accused of Sabotaging 'Peaceful Transfer' of Power by Refusing to Sign Off on 'Critical' Transition Document
The head of an obscure government agency that plays a key role in when Joe Biden gets full access to transition resources is refusing to sign a letter allowing the president-elect's team to formally begin work, according to a Sunday report.

The head of the General Services Administration, an appointee of President Donald Trump, has—like the president himself—refused to acknowledge Biden's victory two days after it was apparent that the former vice president had won the 2020 election, the Washington Post reported. GSA Administrator Emily Murphy is tasked with signing paperwork called a letter of ascertainment that officially allows the president-elect's team access to resources including millions of dollars and government officials, buildings, and equipment.

In a statement issued on Saturday as major news outlets were calling the race for Biden, the GSA said that "an ascertainment has not yet been made. GSA and its administrator will continue to abide by, and fulfill, all requirements under the law."

In past elections, GSA ascertainment came within days of the Associated Press and other mainstream media outlets calling an election. Murphy's intransigence could result in the first transition delay in modern electoral history, with the exception of ...