The head of the General Services Administration on Monday finally informed the Biden Administration she had greenlit the formal transition process, signing off on a letter she has been withholding for more than two weeks since every major outlet called the presidential contest for Joe Biden. CNN obtained the letter from GSA administrator Emily Murphy:
As the Administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration, I have the ability under the Presidential Transition Act of 1963, as amended, to make certain post-election resources and services available to assist in the event of a presidential transition. See 3 U.S.C. § 102 note (the “Act”). I take this role seriously and, because of recent developments involving legal challenges and certifications of election results, am transmitting this letter today to make those resources and services available to you.
Murphy’s delay has been unprecedented in modern times. But after Michigan certified its results earlier Monday, Murphy no longer had any rationale for blocking the incoming Biden Administration from the critical resources and intelligence necessary to ensure a smooth transition of power. Along with the votes already certified in Georgia and Arizona, Michigan brought Biden to the 270 electoral votes needed to secure the electoral college. When all is said and done, Biden will almost certainly win the election with 306 electoral votes.