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Some Trump officials are stealthily reaching out to Biden's transition team

Behind the scenes, some current and former members of the Trump administration are contacting members of President-elect Joe Biden's transition team, keeping their overtures quiet and informal due to President Trump's refusal to concede the election, several people with knowledge of the matter told CNN.

The General Services Administration has yet to ascertain the election, which triggers the formal transition and gives the Biden team funding and access to federal agencies. One current Trump administration official told CNN that to make up for a lack of formal briefings, several colleagues are carefully reaching out to Biden's transition members, making sure that they don't reveal anything "that would get us in trouble. Just an offer to be of help. They know what we mean, and what we can and can't do or say."

Kate Bedingfield, the Biden campaign's deputy campaign manager and a transition adviser, told CNN it takes "more than former officials choosing to step forward and be helpful to ensure a smooth transition of power. GSA should follow the law and ascertain the results of the election so that Americans get a smooth and effective hand off between administrations." Read more at CNN.