Biden to name first Cabinet picks on Tuesday, plans scaled-down inauguration
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“They allege fraud outside the courtroom, but when they go inside the courtroom they don’t plead fraud and they don’t argue fraud,” Christie told ABC’s “This Week,” adding that “if you’re unwilling to come forward and present the evidence, it must mean the evidence doesn’t exist.”
“We’re beginning to look like a banana republic,” Maryland’s Republican Governor Larry Hogan told CNN’s “State of the Union” program, criticizing the refusal of many in his own party to acknowledge Trump’s defeat. “Frankly I’m embarrassed that more people in the party aren’t speaking up.”
Republican Senator Kevin Cramer told NBC’s “Meet the Press” program that the start of the presidential transition process is overdue, though he declined to recognize Biden’s victory.
“I hope they would start to accept the reality,” Klain said of Republican leaders.
Critics have said Trump’s refusal to facilitate an orderly transition carries serious implications for national security and the fight against COVID-19.
Klain said Biden is being denied intelligence briefings to which he is entitled, FBI background checks on potential Cabinet nominees, and access to agency officials to help develop plans including avoiding delays in COVID-19 vaccine rollout.
Jen Psaki, a senior advisor to Biden’s transition team, said on CNN’s “State of the Union” that legal action to compel the GSA to recognize Biden “isn’t our preference.”
Biden received 6 million more votes nationwide than Trump and, more importantly, prevailed 306-232 in the state-by-state Electoral College system that determines the election’s victor.