Grassley Says Biden Should Receive Intelligence Briefings

While Congressional Republicans are reluctant to acknowledge President-elect Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 presidential election, they are expressing their support for the government providing him with intelligence briefings. 

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) told CNN, “I would think —especially on classified briefings — the answer is yes.”

Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) also voiced his support for Biden receiving intelligence briefings, “There is no loss from him getting the briefings and to be able to do that.”

“And if that’s not occurring by Friday, I will step in as well, and to be able to push and to say this needs to occur so that regardless of the outcome of the election … people can be ready for that actual task,” he added.

Sen. John Thune (R-N.D.) also said Biden should receive intelligence briefings, “Well, I think that it probably makes sense to prepare for all contingencies.”

“And as these election challenges play out in court, I don’t have a problem with, and I think it’s important from a national security standpoint, continuity. And you’ve seen other members suggesting that. I think that makes sense,” he added.

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden speaks to reporters about efforts to confront the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic after meeting with members of the “Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board” in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., November 9, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

While several news outlets have called the race for Biden, the General Services Administration chief Emily Murphy has not yet signed a letter of “ascertainment” to state that Biden won the election, which would allow the transition process to move forward.

Until the GSA chief signs the letter, the transition process will likely be largely stalled.

NBC News reported that the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) said it will not provide intelligence briefings until the GSA acts. 

In a statement, the ODNI said, “ODNI follows the statutory direction provided in the Presidential Transition Act, which requires ascertainment of the candidate by the administrator of GSA prior to supporting a potential presidential transition.”

“ODNI would not have contact with any transition team until notified by the GSA administrator,” the statement added. 

Responses

  1. The ONLY good that I see coming from Joke Biden being president is that he will have eliminated the very real threat emanating from Dear Leader and his regime. He has promised the party’s rich donors no real change, so all of the millions of American poor, sick and disadvantaged will get NO relief from our corruption.

    Can we produce better politicians than what we are saddled with today? I am an optimist, so yes, but it won’t happen any time soon, certainly not before you stop lying.

  2. General, as Bolton aptly described it, R’s feel the need “to coddle” Trump. As an unnamed WH aide put it, “It’s a Trumpertantrum.” When the 2016 electorate put a man-child in the Oval Office, the behavior we are witnessing has been what has been anticipated.

  3. I am confused.

    O.K. Sen. Chuck Grassley, Sen. James Lankford, and Sen. John Thune, when are you going to rake General Services Administration chief Emily Murphy and King Donald The Loser over the coals, to make her stop blocking the clearance? When?

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