Emily Murphy, head of the General Services Administration, notified President-elect Joe Biden in a letter Monday that her office is prepared to start the formal presidential transition process. The transition was delayed by several weeks because Murphy would not ascertain the election, a move criticized by those who said it harmed national security and slowed down the fight against the coronavirus. Biden can now receive federal funds and have access to government agencies and resources. Murphy wrote in her letter that she was "never directly or indirectly pressured by any Executive Branch official — including those who work at the White House or GSA." Shortly after her letter was made public, President Trump tweeted his thanks to Murphy and said he is "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."

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