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Jessica Mason (she/her) is a writer based in Portland, Oregon with a focus on fandom, queer representation, and amazing women in film and television. This quote is a slightly better take: “My experiences with Emily have led me to believe she is an ethical and moral person, but I strongly disagree with her current decision not to ascertain the election,” said a former administration official and colleague of Murphy’s who had spoken to her in recent days. Ms Murphy was appointed by Mr Trump to run the GSA in 2017. Until Murphy takes that action, President-elect Joe Biden's team doesn't have access to the federal funds set aside for the transition or to key briefings and meetings with existing officials to coordinate a smooth process in January. GSA administrator Emily Murphy: "I did however receive threats online, by phone, and by mail directed at my safety, my family, my staff and even my pets in … Washington, D.C. 20230 Dear Mr. Biden: While Murphy, who is a President Trump appointee, was careful to say she was not declaring a winner in the presidential election which is being contested by Trump, she cited “recent developments … Your question will help guide our coverage. The law instructs the GSA administrator to ascertain the "apparent successful candidate" to start the formal presidential transition. But it took nearly three weeks for Ms Murphy to act. GSA Starts Biden Transition; Emily Murphy Says She and Her Family Were Threatened Over 'Delay' By Jacob J. November 24, 2020 10:13 +08. Ms Murphy said she received thousands of threats over the time it took to sign off on the transitional process. Joe Biden is being briefed by outside experts because he still can’t receive the intelligence briefing that is normally shared with the President-Elect. “Emily Murphy is struggling with the weight of the presidential election being dropped on her shoulders, feeling like she’s been put in a no-win situation, according to people who have spoken to her recently,” CNN writes, as if this woman is the one in a difficult position when she is the one endangering American lives (and maybe democracy itself!) She alluded to Michigan's decision to confirm Mr Biden's victory when explaining her reasons for signing off on the transition process, saying she acted "because of recent developments involving legal challenges and certifications of election results". That’s like a 911 operator declining to send a firetruck because they heard from a guy in another county that your house wasn’t on fire. Send us your questions, thoughts, and stories about the 2020 US election. She began her career as a Republican staff member and has spent the past 20 years working on Capitol Hill. “I think she’s absolutely making the wrong decision. And now CNN, in a … But there is a clear right and wrong here. This is not the act of a consummate professional or an attorney! There is no question that Joe Biden won. GSA administrator Emily Murphy made the determination after Trump efforts to subvert the vote failed across battleground states The move clears the way for the start of the transition from Trump’s administration and allows Biden to coordinate with federal agencies on plans for taking over on Jan. 20. Follow our live coverage for the latest news on the coronavirus pandemic. Murphy seems to think this is some kind of complex question and that the election is still undecided as the Trump campaign tries again and again to challenge reality. Share: ... 2008, and 2016, GSA released transition resources well before many states had officially certified their results. The Presidential Transition Act says the GSA should start supporting the next administration the day after the election. Where that factors into the election is in the Presidential Transition Act, which says the GSA should "provide office space and administrative support (such as information technology and communications capabilities) to a president-elect and vice-president-elect". The administrator of the G.S.A., Emily Murphy, said in a letter that she would move ahead with the transition process, and stated that the decision had … Read our full coverage of the US election and its aftermath. "Nevertheless, in the best interest of our Country, I am recommending that Emily and her team do what needs to be done with regard to initial protocols, and have told my team to do the same," Mr Trump tweeted. Got a question about the 2020 US election? She’s received death threats, which is not okay! GSA administrator Emily Murphy released a letter on Monday evening to Biden announcing the agency's intention to begin the transitioning process. She has been harassed, threatened, and abused – and I do not want to see this happen to her, her family, or employees of GSA. But this is happening because of a choice she has made. I want to thank Emily Murphy at GSA for her steadfast dedication and loyalty to our Country. Victoria records 10 locally acquired coronavirus cases as authorities confirm link to NSW outbreak, Live: Pair who allegedly fled Melbourne airport to avoid hotel quarantine facing $19k fine each, NSW records seven COVID-19 cases, mandatory masks introduced in Greater Sydney, Former Chinese Huawei employee speaks out on Shenzhen's '996' culture as city enforces paid leave, Australia's 400m champion had given athletics away until she found this 'family'. A coalition of more than 40 racial justice groups is asking GSA Administrator Emily Murphy to begin the transfer of power to Joe Biden, saying the delays disproportionately hurt people of color and "playing politics with the ascertainment process is playing politics with our lives." The GSA is now releasing transition funds and resources for the presidential transition. Now, I have some modicum of sympathy for Murphy. (via: CNN, image: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images). "Please know that I came to my decision independently, based on the law and available facts. The moves clears the way for the start of a transition, despite Mr Trump's refusal to accept the results of the election. President Donald Trump gave the General Services Administration (GSA) the go-ahead to begin the presidential transition late Monday, capping off whirlwind drama over whether the outgoing White House would actively work to sabotage the incoming administration. The most notorious woman in America right now is a 46-year-old Trump appointee named Emily Murphy, who is acting more like a petulant child than someone with an important government job. All major news networks called the presidential election for Joe Biden on Saturday, November 7, but it was clear even before that that Joe Biden had won the White House. “Emily is a consummate professional, a deeply moral person, but also a very scrupulous attorney who is in a very difficult position with an unclear law and precedence that is behind her stance. There’s no reason Emily Murphy cannot sign off on the transition. Space to play or pause, M to mute, left and right arrows to seek, up and down arrows for volume. Michigan certified Mr Biden’s victory on Monday local time, and a federal judge in Pennsylvania tossed out a Trump campaign lawsuit on Saturday. Her duty is to the American people and not to the political nonsense of our soon to be ex-President. Text follows: November 23, 2020 The Honorable Joseph R. Biden, Jr. 1401 Constitution Avenue, N.W. The US federal agency responsible for officially signing off on the presidential transition process has recognised Joe Biden as the "apparent winner" of the US election. 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He went on to say: "I believe we will prevail!". Close. She seems to be adhering to the idea that this is some sort of Bush v. Gore situation where the result is in actual dispute … it is not. But a man trying for a coup and ignoring the truth is not a reason to not do her job and sign off on the beginning of the transition. The Administrator of the General Services Administration, Emily Murphy, made the decision after President Donald Trump's efforts to overturn the vote in key battleground states failed. President-elect Biden clearly won. Especially with the country spiraling into the worst levels of coronavirus this whole pandemic, denying information—not to mention the funds to set up a smooth transition—is a disastrous element of Murphy not doing her job. "I was never directly or indirectly pressured by any Executive Branch official—including those who work at the White House or GSA—with regard to the substance or timing of my decision. AEST = Australian Eastern Standard Time which is 10 hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time). Or to keep it anonymous, click here. English: GSA Administrator Emily W. Murphy letter to Joe Biden notifying him of her decision to provide U.S. federal resources for transition of Presidency of Donald Trump to Presidency of Joe Biden. And now CNN, in a lengthy piece that speaks to sources “close to” Murphy, wants to make it seem like she’s some sort of victim here for not doing her job. The most horrible thing here is that delaying the transition will cause real harm. At her confirmation in 2017, she said she was "not here to garner headlines or make a name for myself" and aimed to do her part to make "the Federal Government more efficient, effective, and responsive to the American people". The declaration from the GSA's Emily Murphy will free up more than $6 million for President-elect Joe Biden transition team. The message to the White House on Friday set up Murphy's decision to finally send the letter to Biden on Monday saying he could begin the transition -- as … The Trump Administration Finally Clears Way For Biden Transition To Begin. They say it can electronically 'smell' coronavirus, Victoria closes border to NSW as testing sites swamped by returned travellers. Democrats, in a letter to GSA head Emily Murphy, asked to be briefed about why the transition process hadn’t begun. Mr Trump tweeted that he had directed his team to cooperate on the transition, but vowed to continue his legal challenges to the election result. Emily Murphy Holds the Key to the Transition Vault, ... She is not the only GSA official to come under fire after testifying about the White House’s role in the project before Congress. She’s just another Trump administration villain. There is no question about what she should do if she’s an “ethical” person. The General Services Administration said they would formally begin the transition of power to former Vice President Joe Biden and President Donald Trump immediately responded from his Twitter account. It is also supposed to be the "liaison" between incoming and outgoing teams. GSA Administrator Emily Murphy sent a letter to Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden informing him that she was authorizing the release of funds to him for a potential presidential transition. Republican senator Bill Cassidy recognised Mr Biden won the election. She has been harassed, threatened, and abused -- and I … This service may include material from Agence France-Presse (AFP), APTN, Reuters, AAP, CNN and the BBC World Service which is copyright and cannot be reproduced. "I did, however, receive threats online, by phone, and by mail directed at my safety, my family, my staff, and even my pets in an effort to coerce me into making this determination prematurely," she wrote. As long as she continues to ignore that she’s not a victim here. Have a tip or story idea? GSA head Emily Murphy’s refusal to certify transition violates historical precedent . Sincerely, Emily Murphy Notice that this letter says nothing about who won the election; you could leave that up the reader to interpret. Emily Murphy made the decision to sign off on the transition process after Mr Trump's efforts to overturn the vote failed in key battleground states. Trump still refused to concede and vowed to continue to fight in court after General Services Administrator Emily Murphy gave the green light Monday for Biden to coordinate with federal agencies ahead of his Jan. 20 inauguration. Kristen Holmes of CNN tweeted: GSA responds to Dems on briefing- … The GSA says it "delivers the best value in real estate, acquisition, and technology services to government and the American people". In 2008, GSA “ascertained” that Obama was the “successful candidate” and thus the President-elect. But people are still furious that it took the GSA head ... longer than that for the transition process to formally begin. Eli Lee. Email us. No! —The Mary Sue has a strict comment policy that forbids, but is not limited to, personal insults toward anyone, hate speech, and trolling.—, Have a tip we should know? “I have always strived to do what is right,” GSA Administrator Emily Murphy… "I have always strived to do what is right,” GSA administrator Emily Murphy said in a letter to the president-elect on Monday. Trump's most loyal subordinate will announce the US election result, but there could be one final twist, America's vaccine is here. Ms Murphy said she received thousands of threats over the time it took to sign off on the transitional process. 2020 saw mass job losses, so where will the opportunities be in 2021? Catch up on on the main news in US politics from December 16 in our blog. "Even in the face of thousands of threats, I always remained committed to upholding the law.". I know because I went to law school and took ethics, and I also worked for the government for many years! Here’s the 2008 letter https://t.co/mptDRoPW6Q pic.twitter.com/45NGmx3XsV No. GSA Administrator Emily Murphy has refused to brief Congress on why she is blocking the Biden transition. Even so, Donald Trump, selfish, ignorant, cruel monster that he is, refused to concede. To be a woman in the spotlight in any politicized arena is terrible. “She absolutely feels like she’s in a hard place. By Nick Visser Emily Murphy , the administrator of the General Services Administration, said the transition between President Donald Trump and President-elect Joe Biden can begin, releasing millions of dollars in funds and clearing the way for a new administration. And people don’t get to make excuses like this. But Trump did tweet that he was directing his team to cooperate on the transition. [email protected]. She’s afraid on multiple levels. Now that this process has started, this is what can happen: Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer tweeted it was time for the US to unite. Murphy was put on blast by The Lincoln Project the Monday after the election was called for Biden and she declined to start the transition. NSW has recorded seven new COVID-19 cases in 24 hours. And now, many days later, despite losing dozens of lawsuits and the entire weight of reality, Donald Trump is still selling the lie that the election is not settled. Basically, it's in charge of buying and managing property for the US Government. Three other key states undergoing recounts look likely to also confirm results in favour of Mr Biden. The presidential transition has officially begun.. On Monday, General Services Administration (GSA) chief Emily Murphy sent a letter to President-elect … In this September 30, 2020, Biden gestures during … I feel sorry for Emily Murphy, I really do. Now, Emily Murphy is providing transition resources, but notably she’s not saying that Biden is the President-elect. November 20, 2020. Become a subscriber and support the site! Joe Biden Wins Presidential Race. And because of that Emily Murphy, a General Services Administrator, has refused to sign the paperwork to begin the transition of power. We close comments on older posts to fight comment spam. "To be clear, I did not receive any direction to delay my determination.". 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Emily Webster Murphy (born 1973) is an American attorney and government official who is the administrator of the General Services Administration (GSA). 'We don't need to be licking the boots of China': Australian winemakers look for new markets, Indonesian scientists have developed a COVID-19 breathalyser test. I’m assuming Murphy’s life right now is very scary and chaotic for her with all this attention. Murphy is solely responsible for holding up the traditional peaceful transition of power, refusing to sign papers that would release $9.9 million to the Biden-Harris transition team. And Trump still isn’t conceding. Want more stories like this? She's a trained lawyer and opera singer as well as a mom and author. “I want to thank Emily Murphy at GSA for her steadfast dedication and loyalty to our country,” the 45th president tweeted. Yohannes Abraham, the executive director of the Biden transition, said in a statement that the decision "is a needed step to begin tackling the challenges facing our nation, including getting the pandemic under control and our economy back on track". The only dispute here is Donald Trump, who appointed this woman, saying he didn’t. In her letter to Joe Biden, she said she had tried to do what was right around the timing of the decision. Our case STRONGLY continues, we will keep up the good... — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 23, 2020 Joe Biden and Kamala Harris need to hit the ground running on January 20th and delaying the transition keeps them from getting vital information and setting up their administration. "I want to thank Emily Murphy at GSA for her steadfast dedication and loyalty to our Country. And because of that Emily Murphy, a General Services Administrator, has refused to sign the paperwork to begin the transition of power. for Donald Trump’s selfish, political reasons. And there really is no question about that… It is wrong to delay, even by another minute, the signing of the ascertainment.”. This amount of attention and direct pressure from both sides cannot be easy. 131 Responses to “GSA administrator Emily Murphy finally authorizes the Biden transition” Comments are Closed. Democrats who have worked with Ms Murphy have said generally positive things about her, but Democrat Representative Gerald Connolly told the Washington Post "she has a history of being subservient to President Trump". It’s clear who won the election. It’s a terrible situation,” one friend and former colleague of Murphy’s told CNN. 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