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The Trump administration blocked Biden and his transition team from meeting with Pentagon-controlled intelligence agencies
Biden's team has reportedly not yet met with leaders at intelligence agencies, including the National Security Agency and the Defense Intelligence Agency, current and former US officials told the Post.

The Pentagon runs both these military spy agencies.

Biden's Agency Review Team was meant to meet the various defense intelligence agencies earlier this week. Still, the Pentagon said that there would be no engagements until the team had submitted questions in advance and listed the names of the people with whom it wanted to meet with, one former official told CNN.

Their requests would then have to be reviewed by the Defense Department's general counsel Kash Patel, who is widely seen as a Trump loyalist, appointed to lead the Pentagon's transition last month.

"That's a big FU from Defense to the incoming intelligence community transition team," the former official told CNN.

The slow-down comes even though the General Services Administration permitted federal agency officials to meet with Biden's team on November 23 after they were unable to meet with government staffers for days.

President-elect Biden's Agency Review Team has also been attending other meetings with leaders at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the CIA, both of which are independent of the Defense Department.

The Pentagon has denied any efforts to stifle the President-elect's team's smooth transition period.

Kellyanne Conway breaks from Trump's refusal to concede, saying 'Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will prevail'
  • Former White House advisor Kellyanne Conway said in an interview with The 19th that "it looks like Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will prevail."
  • Conway's remarks go against President Donald Trump, who is still refusing to concede to Biden and continues to share claims of voter fraud in the 2020 election to undermine the results.
  • With the comment, Conway joins a growing number of Republicans who are acknowledging Biden's victory.
"The president wants to exhaust all of his legal avenues, as he has made clear many times. His team is doing that, and that is his right," Conway said in an interview with The 19th that aired Friday. "If you look at the vote totals in the Electoral College tally, it looks like Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will prevail. I assume the electors will certify that and it will be official. We, as a nation, will move forward, because we always do."

Historian groups sue White House over fears the Trump administration will destroy records before leaving office
  • Multiple historian groups are suing the White House over fears that the Trump Administration will improperly maintain records before the transition to President-elect Joe Biden, The Washington Post reported Saturday.
  • "The archive, historians, and CREW are suing to put some backbone in the law and prevent any bonfire of records in the Rose Garden," said Tom Blanton, director of the National Security Archive, in a statement announcing the lawsuit.
  • The lawsuit also targets Trump officials, including the president's son-in-law and advisor Jared Kushner, for keeping records of communications by taking screenshots, which the groups argue violates the Presidential Records Act.
The groups, which include the American Historical Association, the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, the National Security Archive, and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, have joined the lawsuit, filed in the US District Court in Washington, DC, calling for the White House to ensure records are properly maintained, The Washington Post first reported Saturday.

The group said in a complaint they feared "there is a growing risk that he will destroy records of his presidency before leaving" due to potential legal battles he faces after he leaves office.

... The lawsuit also takes aim at other Trump administration officials, including Trump's son-in-law, senior advisor Jared Kushner, who reportedly has maintained records of conversations on private messaging apps like WhatsApp by taking screenshots, according to a 2017 memo from the White House.

The lawsuit alleges that the practice is in violation of the Presidental Records Act because screenshots do not contain metadata or other attachments, according to the report. In 2014, the law was updated to prohibit communications sent on nonofficial messaging platforms, unless they were forwarded to an official account with 20 days or an official account was copied on the communications, as the Post noted.

Several White House officials have used private email addresses for official business, as the Post reported. These individuals include Kushner, Ivanka Trump, former deputy national security adviser K.T. McFarland, and Steve Bannon, the former chief strategist at the White House, The Post said.

Trump called Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp urging him for help in overturning Biden's statewide election win: report
  • President Donald Trump on Saturday morning called Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp to ask him to convince the state legislature to overturn President-elect Joe Biden's November election win, according to The Washington Post.
  • During the call, Trump also requested that the governor mandate an audit of absentee ballot signatures.
  • Trump's call came on the same day that he will arrive in Georgia to stump for Republican Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue.
Kemp didn't give in to Trump's demands, according to the person.

Cody Hall, the governor's spokesman, confirmed with the Post that the two men spoke. Tim Murtaugh, Trump's campaign spokesman, declined to comment.

... The president has also turned on Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, criticizing both men in the press and on his Twitter feed.

Earlier this week, Trump said that he was "ashamed" to have endorsed Kemp in his successful 2018 gubernatorial campaign and said called Raffensperger "a disaster."

Kemp has already stated that he will not ask state legislators to come back to Atlanta for a special session.

A federal appeals court unanimously shut down a conservative lawyer's attempt to block Biden's presidential win in Georgia
  • A US federal appeals court dismissed a bid by conservative lawyer Lin Wood to block President-elect Joe Biden's win in Georgia, the latest in a string of Trump-aligned legal setbacks to overturn the November election results.
  • The Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit ruled in a 3-0 decision to deny Wood's request to block the certification of Georgia's results, which they said was moot since the results have already been certified.
  • The court stated that Wood "had to prove that his suit presents a justifiable controversy," but that "he failed to satisfy this burden."
Georgia Republicans have recently voiced concern that the Trump campaign's legal efforts and the attacks on Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger might depress the conservative base ahead of the January 2021 runoff elections featuring GOP Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue.

Both candidates are facing stiff challenges from Democrats Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, respectively — if Democrats can clinch both seats, then they will create a 50-50 split in the Senate and provide the party with a working majority with the tie-breaking vote of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

Trump compared the Democratic Party to the MS-13 gang at a Georgia rally
  • President Donald Trump on Saturday compared the Democratic Party to the street gang MS-13 at a rally in Valdosta, Georgia, part of his latest barrage of insults lobbed at the the party that denied him a second term in the White House.
  • "We moved thousands and thousands of MS-13 the hell out of our country," Trump said. "They're vicious, but they're not stupid. Sort of like the Democrats if you think about it."
  • Trump was headlining a rally for GOP Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, who face stiff challenges from Democrats Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff in the January 2021 Senate runoff elections.

'If I lost, I'd be a very gracious loser,' Trump said during a rally where he falsely claimed he won an election that he lost
  • During a rally in Georgia on Saturday where President Donald Trump claimed he won an election that he lost, he said, "If I lost, I'd be a very gracious loser."
  • The president was campaigning on behalf of Republican Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, who are facing Democratic challengers Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock in the runoff election next month.
  • Enough states have certified their election results to give President-elect Joe Biden the 270 electoral college votes needed to win the White House.
  • Trump has refused to concede the election, instead mounting legal challenges and spreading unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud.
"If I lost, I would say I lost, and I'd go to Florida and I'd take it easy," Trump said.

"But you can't ever accept when they steal and rake and rob," he said, referring to his unproven fraud claims.

... "You know I thought we were going to easily win," Trump said. "Instead I probably worked harder in the last three weeks than I ever have in my life."

'Numbers come out of ceilings and come out of leather bags': Trump assails vote integrity in Georgia using debunked claims of fraud
  • At a rally in Valdosta, Georgia, on Saturday, President Donald Trump assailed the state's vote integrity, using debunked claims of fraud to accuse officials of allowing vote counts to be compromised.
  • "You know we won Georgia, just so you understand," Trump said to the jubilant crowd, despite his clear statewide loss to President-elect Joe Biden.
  • Throughout the night, the president continued to echo debunked claims of voting fraud.
  • "All I can do is campaign and then I wait for the numbers," he added. "When the numbers come out of ceilings and come out of leather bags, you start to say, 'What's going on?'"

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