The Federal Public Services Department notified President-elect Joe Biden on Monday that the Trump administration is ready to begin the power transfer.
A letter from GSA Director Emily Murphy detailed the development – which President Trump acknowledged on Twitter.
“I’d like to thank Emily Murphy at the General Services Agency for her steadfast dedication and loyalty to our country. She’s been harassed, threatened, and mistreated – and I don’t want to see that happen to her, her family, or GSA employees,” Trump tweeted.
“Our case is going strong, we will continue to fight well, and I think we will win! However, for the sake of our country, I recommend that Emily and her team do what needs to be done regarding the initial protocols, and I have asked my team to do the same. President Books.
The decision comes as the Michigan State Council voted on Monday to ratify the state’s election results, which They were in Biden’s favor.
The GSA move frees “post-election resources and services” for a “presidential transition,” according to Murphy’s letter to Biden.
“Because of recent developments involving legal challenges and testimonies of election results, [I] I am transmitting this message today to make these resources and services available to you, ” the GSA chief wrote.
“I have dedicated a large part of my life as an adult to public service, and I have always strived to do the right thing. Please know that I arrived at my decision independently, based on the law and the facts available.”
“I have not been pressured directly or indirectly by any executive branch – including those who work for the White House or the General Intelligence Agency – regarding the substance or timing of my decision.
“To be clear, I have not received any guidance to delay my design,” Murphy wrote.
“However, I have received threats via the Internet, the phone, and mail destined for my safety, my family, my staff, and even my pets in an attempt to force me to make this decision prematurely.”
The GSA official added, “As mentioned, due to recent developments involving legal challenges and testimonials of election results, I have determined that you may access the post-election resources and services described in Section 3 of the Act upon request.
“The actual winner of the presidential election will be determined by the electoral process detailed in the constitution,” Murphy wrote.
She said a total of $ 7.3 million would be given to Biden for the transfer.
Biden’s transition team leader said in a statement, “GSA Director-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris have confirmed as apparent winners in the election, providing the incoming administration the resources and support needed to implement a smooth and peaceful transition of power.
This final decision is a final administrative action to officially initiate the transition process with federal agencies.
“In the coming days, transitional officials will begin meeting with federal officials to discuss the response to the pandemic, take full account of our national security interests, and gain a full understanding of the Trump administration’s efforts to empty government agencies.”