GOP Sen. Bill Cassidy says that Trump ‘in effect has conceded’ by authorizing the presidential transition

Bill Cassidy
Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-Louisiana).

  • GOP Sen. Bill Cassidy said Sunday that President Donald Trump had effectively conceded by signing off on the official transition with President-elect Joe Biden.
  • “The president in effect has conceded when he ordered the General Services Administration to begin the transition,” the Louisiana Republican said on “Fox News Sunday.”
  • Cassidy has acknowledged Biden as the president-elect, but said that Trump’s legal challenges should be allowed to proceed.
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GOP Sen. Bill Cassidy said on Sunday that President Donald Trump had effectively conceded by signing off on the official transition with President-elect Joe Biden.

“The president in effect has conceded when he ordered the General Services Administration to begin the transition,” the Louisiana Republican expressed on “Fox News Sunday” while speaking with host Chris Wallace.

After weeks of delays, GSA administrator Emily Murphy “ascertained” Biden as president-elect on November 23, which gave the Biden team millions of federal dollars to fund critical presidential transition efforts.

Despite the official authorization by Murphy, Trump continues to spread debunked claims of voter fraud and has lost a litany of lawsuits aimed at overturning election results in a multitude of states. While Cassidy has acknowledged Biden as the president-elect, he said that Trump’s legal challenges should be allowed to proceed in court.

“If there’s fraud, it should be uncovered, but it should be uncovered in a way that a judge agrees,” he said. “If the president’s able to show that, then that’s important. If they can’t show, that’s also important … It’s incumbent upon the president and his legal team to establish that.”

Wallace asked Cassidy if Trump’s refusal to accept the election results was causing harm to Biden’s legitimacy as president in the eyes of many Americans.

“You’re giving me a hypothetical and I can’t tell you what millions of people are going to do,” Cassidy said. “All I can say is we are one nation … I’m hopeful that we would move on.”

Cassidy, who has served in the Senate since 2015, was reelected to a second term in November.

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