McEnany rips 'inexcusable' 2016 transition, says GSA certification for Biden will come 'at the right moment'

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White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Friday said the General Services Administration will certify Joe Biden’s election at the “right moment,” while slamming the 2016 transition process from Barack Obama to Donald Trump as “inexcusable.”

The Biden transition has been in limbo, awaiting the GSA’s “ascertainment” decision — the formal declaration set up by the 1963 Presidential Transition Act. Until that ascertainment is made, the Biden team cannot formally begin the transition process. The delay is costing the Biden team access to more than $6 million in federal funding, security clearances and the ability to meet with officials at intelligence agencies.

But McEnany, during the White House press briefing on Friday, said the GSA “will make the determination of ascertainment at the right moment,” noting that there is an ongoing “constitutional process,” while pointing to the Trump campaign’s litigation efforts surrounding the 2020 presidential election.

“There are questions that need to be answered,” McEnany said. “The GSA will determine when ascertainment is reached.”

“There is a presidential transition act that determines exactly what an administration needs to do in advance of an election,” McEnany said. “We’ve done everything we statutorily needed to do.”

President Trump has yet to concede, despite President-elect Biden having garnered more than the 270 electoral votes necessary to win the presidency.

McEnany defended that move, saying the Trump campaign is “pursuing ongoing litigation” and “taking it day by day.”

“The president has been clear — he wants every legal vote to be counted and no illegal votes counted,” McEnany said.

As for concession, she said: “I will leave it to the president.”

But McEnany pointed to Trump’s transition process in 2016, reflecting on the Russia investigation and resistance from Democrats.

“His presidency was never accepted,” she said, referencing the Russia investigation, calling them “baseless allegations” and an effort to “subvert the will of the American people.”

McEnany slammed the FBI’s original Russia probe, saying it was an effort to try to “silence the voice of the American people,” and pointed to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants that were approved to surveil former Trump campaign aide Carter Page.

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