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Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska said on Sunday that President Donald Trump should begin the transition process to President-elect Joe Biden.
“President Trump has had the opportunity to litigate his claims, and the courts have thus far found them without merit,” she said in a statement.
Trump has refused to concede the election and mounted a flurry of legal challenges in battleground states. Murkowski’s statement came a day after a judge dismissed a Trump campaign lawsuit in Pennsylvania.
The Republican senator said it is important to “respect the integrity of the elections process.”
“A pressure campaign on state legislators to influence the electoral outcome is not only unprecedented but inconsistent with our democratic process,” she said. “It is time to begin the full and formal transition process.”
The Trump administration has been criticised for their refusal to begin the transition process with the president-elect, which could jeopardize Biden’s ability to immediately tackle certain issues when he takes office. The Biden team has begun raising money to fund its own transition.
Murkowski was one of the first Republican senators to congratulate the president-elect, along with Sens. Mitt Romney of Utah and Susan Collins of Maine. Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania also congratulated Biden after a Trump campaign lawsuit in his state was tossed out on Saturday.
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