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Wed Nov 18, 2020, 07:20 PM

With transition stalled, Biden camp turns to former Trump administration officials for guidance

Source: ABC News

President-elect Joe Biden's transition team is turning to a group of former officials, who served in the Trump administration, for guidance on major national security threats to the country, multiple sources confirmed to ABC News, a sign that the former vice president is plowing ahead with his transition to power despite unprecedented obstacles.

The backchannel outreach to at least four former officials who served in senior-level roles comes as the General Services Administration continues withholding its ascertainment of Biden as winner of the presidential election, effectively denying him access to key resources and briefings meant to ensure a safe and secure continuity of government on Jan. 20.

As a result, sources familiar with the matter said that Biden's team has been in contact with those who have recent experience in various federal agencies, and in most cases the individuals are career officials and not political appointees. It was not clear exactly what information the transition team is soliciting from these former officials, but it was not believed to include classified materials.

Mick Mulroy, a former senior Pentagon official who briefed the transition team on Tuesday afternoon, described his participation in the transition process as a patriotic duty -- not a political calculation. During his two years in the Trump administration, which ended in December 2019, Mulroy oversaw the Pentagon's military policy in the Middle East -- a valuable area of expertise as Biden and his top aides endeavor to fill key national security positions.

Read more: https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/transition-stalled-biden-camp-turns-trump-administration-officials/story?id=74277258

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Thu Nov 19, 2020, 01:44 AM

1. Necessary, as General Services Administration continues withholding its ascertainment of Biden.

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