DONALD Trump has all but officially conceded the election as he allowed the formal transition process with Joe Biden to begin - but vowed to "prevail" with his election fight.
The White House General Services Administration, which oversees the transition of power between presidents, has written to President-elect Biden to signal the beginning of the handover - more than two weeks after election day.
Emily Murphy, the General Services Administrator, wrote in the letter dated Monday that the Democrat had been judged the "apparent winner" of the election after a series of states including Georgia and Michigan confirmed his victory in recent days.
But tweeting as the GSA letter emerged, President Trump vowed to continue with his campaign's legal battles to overturn the election result - which Republicans have argued, without evidence, was fraudulent.
He wrote: "I want to thank Emily Murphy at GSA for her steadfast dedication and loyalty to our Country.
"She has been harassed, threatened, and abused – and I do not want to see this happen to her, her family, or employees of GSA.
"Our case STRONGLY continues, we will keep up the good fight, and I believe we will prevail!
"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."
After the nearly three-week delay, Murphy said in a letter she has the ability "to make certain post-election resources and services available to assist in the event of a presidential transition."
And that she was "transmitting this letter today to make those resources and services available to you."
"Please know that I came to my decision independently, based on the law and available facts," Murphy's letter read to Biden, before adding that she received death threats for delaying the start of the transition process.
"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. To be clear, I did not receive any direction to delay my determination."
Mainly, Murphy wrote that the delay came because the "GSA does not dictate the outcome of legal disputes and recounts, nor does it determine whether such proceedings are reasonable or justified."
Instead, Murphy placed blame on the act by which the GSA operates under, saying according to usual protocol, it would wait for the president to concede to begin the normal transition process.
"These are issues that the Constitution, federal laws, and state laws leave to the election certification process and decisions by courts of competent jurisdiction. I do not think that an agency charged with improving federal procurement and property management should place itself above the constitutionally-based election process. I strongly urge Congress to consider amendments to the Act."
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