The US General Services Administration (GSA) which is charged with the responsibility of approving the transfer of power from the incumbent to a new presidential administration has refused Joe Biden’s request for power to be transferred to him, insisting that the winner of the election has not been determined.
A GSA spokesperson told The Epoch Times on Monday, “An ascertainment has not yet been made. GSA and its administrator will continue to abide by, and fulfill, all requirements under the law.”
The General Services Administration said through its administrator Emily Murphy that they will not initiate the transition of power until a “winner is clear, based on the process laid out in the Constitution.”
Mainstream news companies for personal interest called the election in favor of Biden on Saturday, but President Donald Trump has refused to concede defeat, alleging election malpractices in several states. His legal team has filed lawsuits in five states, and some of the states are still counting votes.
“The administrator’s ascertainment is done for the purposes of making services provided by the ‘Presidential Transition Act’ available. Until an ascertainment is made, the statute allows for the Biden Transition Team to continue to receive the pre-elect services from the government (e.g., limited office space, computers, background investigations for security clearances). GSA has met all statutory requirements under the PTA for this election cycle and will continue to do so,” the GSA spokesperson told the Times.
GSA usually recognizes a presidential candidate when it becomes clear who has won an election, but that has not been done in this case, and an official told reporters on a call while adding that the transition team may take legal action.
The GSA’s refusal to begin the official transition of power in favor of Joe Biden is keeping his team from receiving travel expenses, salaries, and other benefits.
Although SurgeZirc US in a previous post quoted CNN and some other news sources as calling the race but has resolved to pull down the article from its platform, and then wait for the legal process to reach the end.