Republican lawmakers are running out of patience with President TrumpDonald John TrumpBen Carson says he’s ‘out of the woods’ after being ‘extremely sick’ with COVID-19 Biden will receive @POTUS Twitter account on Jan. 20 even if Trump doesn’t concede, company says Trump to participate in virtual G-20 summit amid coronavirus surge MORE‘s efforts to overturn the results of the election, which have failed to gain traction in court or the media.
Trump’s legal team has yet to back up its claims of widespread election fraud with enough evidence to convince Republican officials in Congress and in key states that they have any merit.
Instead, a growing number of Republicans are publicly acknowledging that Joe BidenJoe BidenOutside groups flood Georgia with advertising buys ahead of runoffs Biden will receive @POTUS Twitter account on Jan. 20 even if Trump doesn’t concede, company says Trump to participate in virtual G-20 summit amid coronavirus surge MORE is likely to be the next president and calling on the Trump administration to begin sharing intelligence and other transitions to allow for a smooth transfer of power.
Sen. Lamar AlexanderAndrew (Lamar) Lamar AlexanderFormer GOP senator: Republicans cannot let Trump’s ‘reckless’ post-election claims stand Key McConnell ally: Biden should get access to transition resources The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC – Dems push McConnell on COVID-19 relief; Grassley contracts COVID-19 MORE (R-Tenn.), who is close to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBiden decides on pick for secretary of State OVERNIGHT ENERGY: House Democrats push Biden to pick Haaland as next Interior secretary | Trump administration proposal takes aim at bank pledges to avoid fossil fuel financing | Wasserman Schultz pitches climate plan in race to chair Appropriations Key McConnell ally: Biden should get access to transition resources MORE (R-Ky.), on Friday issued a statement asserting Biden “has a very good chance” of being the next president and urging the administration “to provide the Biden team with all transition materials, resources, and meetings necessary to ensure a smooth transition.”
Alexander, the chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, emphasized the importance of the next president being ready to distribute an anticipated COVID-19 vaccine.
“The prompt and orderly transfer or reaffirmation of immense power after a presidential election is the most enduring symbol of our democracy,” he said.
Rep. Fred UptonFrederick (Fred) Stephen UptonCheney, top GOP lawmakers ask Trump campaign for proof of election fraud Republicans who could serve in a Biden government House GOP lawmaker: Biden should be recognized as president-elect MORE (R), a veteran Michigan lawmaker, on Friday said, “I’m not seeing any evidence of fraud that would overturn 150,000-some-odd votes,” referring to Biden’s margin of victory in Michigan.
Upton’s state was at the center of the storm this week. Trump on Thursday invited Republican legislators from Michigan to come to the White House on Friday to discuss the state’s pending certification of the election results. A tally reported by The Associated Press shows Biden leading Trump by more than 155,000 votes in Michigan.
Upton said he didn’t know how Trump’s legal team could achieve success.
“I don’t know what path they’re on,” he said.
Republican lawmakers have defended Trump’s right to challenge the election results in court but have warned that he must back up his allegations with hard facts, something he has yet to do with enough evidence to justify throwing out thousands of ballots.
Trump’s legal team has suffered a series of setbacks in court, including a ruling by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court finding that election officials in Philadelphia allowed Trump-allied observers to watch the counting of ballots in accordance with the law.
Vin Weber, a Republican strategist, said GOP lawmakers will ramp up pressure on Trump to wind down his attempts to undermine the results of the election if they perceive his continued legal fight is threatening their chances to win two pivotal runoff Senate races in Georgi