GOP congressman Paul Mitchell urges Trump to accept Biden victory and begin transition process

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“Given the complexity, we need to start the process of transitioning to a new administration,” Michigan Republican Representative told CNN’s Brianna Keilar on “CNN Right Now,” specifically highlighting the coronavirus pandemic and national security.

“I just think the transition is necessary because we have real challenges facing the nation and we need to not let the time pass and have a haphazard transition because it’s not in the best interest of the nation. population of this country, ”he added.

Mitchell, who will step down from Congress next year after deciding not to run for another term, said “people have spoken and we have President-elect Biden and we have to accept him.”

The presidential transition process has not officially started due to Trump’s refusal to accept the election results. In the days after the race was triggered by major news networks for Biden, few Republicans in Congress publicly acknowledged that Biden would effectively become the 46th president on January 20, 2021.

Meanwhile, the president’s legal team has launched legal challenges in several states, although Mitchell noted that several of the efforts have failed.The congressman also came to the defense of Republicans in Congress who privately questioned Trump’s legal efforts and recognized Biden as president-elect.

“I think I understand that some people may be hesitant to go up there because they think it will work out on its own,” Mitchell said, noting that some of his colleagues, including Republican Adam Kinzinger, have made similar remarks.

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