President Trump revealed on Monday that he has recommended that General Services Administrator Emily Murphy begin the process of the transfer of power to Joe Biden, but reiterated that his legal team’s challenges of the outcome of several state elections are not over.
Though many have taken Trump’s decision as an admission of defeat, Trump said that his team will continue to “keep up the good fight” even in the initial stages of the transfer.
“Our case STRONGLY continues, we will keep up the good fight, and I believe we will prevail!” he wrote on Twitter. “Nevertheless, in the best interest of our Country, I am recommending that Emily and her team do what needs to be done with regard to initial protocols, and have told my team to do the same.”
Murphy has been harassed and threatened with serious harm due to her decision to wait to begin the process of the transfer. She declared in a letter to Biden that her decision was not influenced by the Trump administration or any other entity.
“I was never directly or indirectly pressured by any Executive Branch official – including those who work at the White House or GSA – with regard to the substance or timing of my decision,” Murphy wrote and added that she will now make available the services and resources for a presidential transition to the Biden team.
“I did however receive threats online, by phone, and by mail directed at my safety, my family, my staff, and even my pets in an effort to coerce me into making this determination prematurely,” she continued.
Trump acknowledged Murphy’s situation in his tweet announcing his support for the initiation of the process. “I want to thank Emily Murphy at GSA for her steadfast dedication and loyalty to our Country,” the President wrote on Twitter. “She has been harassed, threatened, and abused – and I do not want to see this happen to her, her family, or employees of GSA.”
The election has yet to be certified for Biden, and Murphy made it clear that her decision is not an endorsement of either candidate:
As you know, the GSA Administrator does not pick or certify the winner of a presidential election. Instead, the GSA Administrator’s role under the Act is extremely narrow: to make resources and services available in connection with a presidential transition. As stated, because of recent developments involving legal challenges and certifications 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.