Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) confirmed Sunday that Joe Biden has been receiving intelligence briefings, contradicting one of the Democrat’s talking points about President Donald Trump’s refusal to concede the 2020 election.
“As far as I know, [Biden] has been getting briefings since after the Democratic Convention and the Republican Convention,” Nunes, the ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee, told Fox News’ Sunday Morning Futures.
Nunes confirms it
With news outlets declaring Joe Biden president-elect, Biden and his transition team have complained that Donald Trump is essentially threatening national security with his refusal to recognize Biden as the next president and begin the transition process.
“With every day that passes, it becomes more concerning that our national security team and the president-elect and the vice president-elect don’t have access to those threat assessments, intelligence briefings, real-time information about our engagements around the world, because, you know, you don’t know what you don’t know,” a spokeswoman for Biden’s team said earlier this month, according to Fox. “And in order to prepare to govern, it’s important that they have access to that information.”
A number of Republicans have joined Democrats in calling for Biden to receive intelligence briefings, as Democrats pressure Trump to concede defeat in the 2020 election.
But on Sunday, Nunes indicated that, to his knowledge, Biden has been receiving intelligence briefings for months.
“Both presidential candidates get briefings, and this was the case four years ago when both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were getting briefings,” the Republican told Sunday Morning Futures, according to Fox. “And if you may recall, supposedly, reportedly, they actually used those briefings on Trump to actually spy on him.”
Is Biden ready?
According to the New York Post, Donald Trump signaled late Monday that he gave his approval to the General Services Administration (GSA) to begin the “initial protocols” of a transition, even as he continues to allege voter fraud in the 2020 election.
“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,’’ Trump tweeted.
He went on: “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.”
Briefings or no briefings, Nunes says Biden is “limping into the presidency.”
“He was the first guy to run a successful campaign from a basement without actually going out and intermingling with people,” the congressman said Sunday, according to Fox.