Republican senator vows to 'step in' so Biden can get intel briefings by Friday if Trump continues to withhold them

A REPUBLICAN senator has vowed to “step in” if President-elect Joe Biden is still not receiving intelligence briefings by Friday as the White House continues to withhold them.

James Lankford, a member of the Oversight Committee, told an Oklahoma radio station that there is “nothing wrong with Vice President Biden getting the briefings to be able to prepare himself” for office.

Lankford said he came to the conclusion based on President Bill Clinton allowing George Bush to receive the briefings even as Al Gore challenged the 2000 election results.

The Republican senator said Vice President-elect Kamala Harris should also receive briefings.

“There’s nothing wrong with a former vice president getting those. Kamala Harris is on the Intelligence Committee, she has all the clearance she needs to be able to do that. There is no loss from him getting the briefings,” he said.

Lankford said the General Services Administration could certify the election results by Friday and he will push for Biden to receive the briefings.


“If that’s not occurring by Friday, I will step in to be able to push them and say this needs to occur, so that regardless of the outcome of the election … people can be ready for that task.”

Incoming presidents typically have access to intelligence briefings during the transition, so they can be prepared to deal with any national security threats on their first day in office.

On Wednesday, Republican Senator Chuck Grassley also said Biden should receive the briefings, telling CNN’s Manu Raju that the incoming president should have access to classified intel.

“I would think – especially on classified briefings – the answer is yes,” Grassley said.

On Wednesday, Georgia’s secretary of state Brad Raffensperger announced that the state will conduct a full election recount of millions of ballots by hand – delaying the election results until November 20.

“With the margin being so close it will require a full by hand recount in each county,” Raffensperger said at a press conference in Atlanta.

Meanwhile, Texas Lt. Gov Dan Patrick showed his support toward Trump’s efforts to prove a “rigged election” on Tuesday, announcing offering a $1million reward to encourage anyone with evidence of voter forward to come forward.

Patrick is encouraging whistleblowers and tipsters to turn over their evidence to local law enforcement.

The Lt. Governor added that anyone who provides information that leads to an arrest and conviction will be paid a minimum of $25,000.

On Saturday, every major news outlet in the US began calling the 2020 election race for Biden, but President Trump has refused to concede.

Biden won the battleground state of Pennsylvania, which put him over the 270 Electoral College threshold needed to win the presidency.

As of Thursday, Biden leads Trump by more than five million votes.

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