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Ohio GOP governor says Trump should begin transition process amid legal battles


Ohio Gov. Mike DeWineMike DeWineSunday shows preview: Biden team gears up for transition, Trump legal battles continue and pandemic rages on US notches grim record of over 152,000 new coronavirus cases in one day Ohio GOP governor: ‘Joe Biden is the president-elect’ MORE (R) said Sunday that while President TrumpDonald John TrumpViolence erupts between counter-protestors, Trump supporters following DC rally Biden considering King for director of national intelligence: report Here are the 17 GOP women newly elected to the House this year MORE is within his legal right to challenge the 2020 election results, his administration should begin the formal transition process with President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenViolence erupts between counter-protestors, Trump supporters following DC rally Biden considering King for director of national intelligence: report Here are the 17 GOP women newly elected to the House this year MORE’s team “for the country’s sake.”

When asked by CNN’s “State of the Union” host Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperOvernight Defense: Another Defense official resigns | Pentagon chief says military ‘remains strong’ despite purge | Top contender for Biden DOD secretary would be historic pick Ex-CIA Director Brennan: Trump ‘score settling’ with Pentagon changes Defense deputy chief of staff latest Pentagon official to resign MORE whether he agrees with concerns by Trump’s former chief of staff, John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE, that delaying the transition is an “increasing national security and health crisis,” DeWine said the process should play out while court battles are being fought by Trump’s campaign in battleground states the president lost.

“We have to have faith in our judicial system, faith in our electoral system,” DeWine said. “I’d say this to both sides of this, and I was certainly a supporter of and remain a supporter of the president, but the president has every right to go into court, every right to bring any kind of evidence that he has and no one should begrudge him that or say that there’s anything irregular about that.”

Trump’s campaign legal team has filed several lawsuits across the country contesting the results by arguing that Biden’s win is largely due to widespread election fraud, an increasingly uphill legal battle in which no credible evidence has been presented. 

While DeWine said on Sunday tht he agreed that the lawsuits should continue to make their way through the judicial system, he is also among a small number of Republican lawmakers who has recognized that Biden won the presidential contest.

“It’s clear, that certainly based on what we know now, that Joe Biden is the president-elect and that transition for the country’s sake, it’s important for a normal transition to start through,” DeWine said. “And the president could go on his other track, his legal track, we should respect that, but we also need to begin that process.”





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