By Ochiaka Ugwu with Agency Report
Biden’s transition team is still waiting for the federal funding and office space it needs to get to work on taking over the levers of power.
That depends on a federal agency – the General Services Administration (GSA) – led by Trump appointee Emily Murphy.
She will be the one to sign a letter allowing all this to happen, but for now she says there has been “no ascertainment” or, as a spokeswoman put it more clearly, she has not yet found that “a winner is clear”.
Team Biden is said to be considering legal action, though other options are on the table, according to a Biden official speaking to Reuters.
Robert MacKichan, who was general counsel to the GSA during the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations, has been speaking to US public radio.
He says it would be “premature” for her to decide now “given what has been publicly made available”.
However, a team of international monitors from the Organization of American States (OAS) has praised the conduct of the US election.
The delegation – which had 28 experts and observers from 13 countries – said in its preliminary report:
“While the environment of the elections was competitive and fraught, the ability of voters across the country to access the vote in less than ideal circumstances exemplifies the democracy for which the United States is renowned and which it has championed across the globe.
“The OAS Mission urges all political parties, candidates and citizens to allow this democracy to prevail and to allow the remainder of the electoral process to unfold within the framework of the law.”
The monitors were able to follow campaigning events and the voting itself on 3 November in several locations, including the key battleground states of Georgia and Michigan.
They said they did not witness any irregularities there, responding to President Trump’s claims that the Democrats had tried to steal the elections.