‘This is Disgusting!’ Maria Bartiromo Goes Off After Trump Claims Biden Could Not Have Received More Black Votes Than Obama




Fox News anchor Maria Bartiromo expressed outrage on Sunday as President Donald Trump leveled a series of baseless allegations of voter fraud in support of the outlandish conspiracy theory that the election was stolen from him.

Bartiromo, whose network Fox News has called the race for Joe Biden, landed the first interview with Trump since he lost re-election. The lengthy phone conversation, which came as top Republicans prepare for a Biden administration and the Trump administration begins the transition, focused almost entirely on Trump’s claims that the election was stolen through fraud.

A dizzying series of false claims and conspiracy theories were mounted by Trump and Bartiromo throughout the interview, ranging from allegations that the FBI and Justice Department were involved in the stolen election to claims that the election was rigged through voting machines.


Trump also repeatedly claimed that Biden could not have won more votes than former President Barack Obama, citing this hunch as evidence the election was rigged.

“We won the election easily. There’s not way Joe Biden got 80 million votes. There’s no way Joe Biden beat Barack Obama in the Black communities of various cities,” Trump said. “This election was a fraud. It was a rigged election.”


Trump Supporter Who Gave $2.5m to Fight Election Fraud Wants Money Back

Businessman Fredric Eshelman sues pro-Trump ‘election ethics’ group citing ‘disappointing results’ of effort to expose cheating

A Donald Trump supporter who donated $2.5m to help expose and prosecute claims of fraud in the presidential election wants his money back after what he says are “disappointing results”.

Fredric Eshelman, a businessman from North Carolina, said he gave the money to True the Vote, a pro-Trump “election ethics” group in Texas that promised to file lawsuits in seven swing states as part of its push to “investigate, litigate, and expose suspected illegal balloting and fraud in the 2020 general election”.

But according to a lawsuit Eshelman filed this week in Houston, first reported by Bloomberg, True the Vote dropped its legal actions and discontinued its Validate the Vote 2020 campaign, then refused to return his calls when he demanded an explanation.

The founder of Eshelman Ventures llc, a venture capital company, said he asked “regularly and repeatedly” for updates, the lawsuit asserts, but that his “requests were consistently met with vague responses, platitudes, and empty promises”.

The lack of success of True the Vote’s efforts to challenge the outcome appears to mirror that of the president himself, whose team has lost 38 court actions since the 3 November election, most recently in Pennsylvania where a federal appeals court panel blasted Trump’s legal team for filing a case with no merit.

True the Vote did not immediately return an email from the Guardian seeking comment. True the Vote did not respond to Bloomberg’s request for comment, but posted a statement on its website, attributed to the group’s founder and president, Catherine Engelbrecht, seeking to blame outside forces for the failure of its efforts.

“While we stand by the voters’ testimony that was brought forth, barriers to advancing our arguments, coupled with constraints on time, made it necessary for us to pursue a different path,” the group said, announcing that it had withdrawn legal filings in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. All four states were won by Joe Biden, the Democratic president-elect.

“Our mission is much bigger than just one election. It is about repairing the system for all future elections,” it continued.

Like the Trump campaign’s own legal filings, which have been based on scant evidence, however, the True the Vote statement did not detail any of the proof it claimed it had to support the allegations of election fraud.

Eshelman, the former chief executive of a pharmaceutical company, claims in his lawsuit that the non-profit offered to refund him $1m if he would drop his plan to sue the group. He is seeking the return of the full $2.5m that he says he wired on Engelbrecht’s instructions in chunks of $2m and $500,000 on 5 and 13 November.

They’re Baaack: Trump And Allies Still Refuse Election Loss


WASHINGTON (AP) — Monday seemed like the end of President Donald Trump’s relentless challenges to the election, after the federal government acknowledged President-elect Joe Biden was the “apparent winner” and Trump cleared the way for cooperation on a transition of power.

But his baseless claims have a way of coming back. And back. And back.

On Thursday, after a Thanksgiving evening conversation from the White House with troops stationed overseas, Trump abruptly pivoted to angrily alleging — still without any evidence — that “massive fraud” was behind his defeat.

Speaking to news crews gathered to watch the traditional holiday conversation with the military, Trump denounced officials in battleground states he’d lost as “communists” and “enemies of the state.” Trump also announced he’d be traveling to Georgia to meet with what he said would be tens of thousands of supporters on Dec. 5, ahead of two runoffs there that will likely determine whether Republicans or Democrats control the Senate.

The 2020 presidential race is turning into the zombie election that Trump just won’t let die. Despite dozens of legal and procedural setbacks, his campaign keeps filing new challenges that have little hope of succeeding and making fresh, unfounded claims of fraud.

But that’s the point. Trump’s strategy, his allies concede in private, wasn’t to change the outcome, but to create a host of phantom claims about the 2020 presidential race that would infect the nation with doubt and keep his base loyal, even though the winner — Biden — was clear and there has been no evidence of mass voter fraud.

“Zombies are dead people walking among the living — this litigation is the same thing,” said Franita Tolson, a professor at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law. “In terms of litigation that could change the election, all these cases are basically dead men walking.”

It’s a strategy tolerated by many Republicans, most notably Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, who are clinging to Trump as they face a test of retaining their own power in the form of two runoff elections in Georgia in January.

“This really is our version of a polite coup d’etat,” said Thomas Mann, senior resident scholar at the Institute of Governmental Studies at the University of California at Berkeley. “It could end quickly if the Republican Party acknowledged what was going on. But they cower in the face of Trump’s connection with the base.”

Doctors Say CDC Should Warn People The Side Effects From Covid Vaccine Shots Won’t Be ‘A Walk in The Park’


  • The CDC must be transparent about the side effects people may experience after getting their first shot of a coronavirus vaccine, doctors urged during a meeting Monday with CDC advisors.
  • Dr. Sandra Fryhofer said that both Pfizer’s and Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccines require two doses and she worries whether her patients will come back for a second dose because of potentially unpleasant side effects after the first shot.
  • Both companies acknowledged that their vaccines could induce side effects that are similar to symptoms associated with mild Covid-19, such as muscle pain, chills and headache.

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The Founders Didn’t Prepare For a President Who Refuses To Step Down, Historians Say

Future President George Washington is depicted at the U.S. Constitutional Convention. The country’s founders foresaw the threat of foreign interference in our election

Gillian Brockell, The Washington Post

President Donald Trump continued Friday to deny the results of the election, pressuring state officials in Michigan and Georgia to overturn the will of voters, and increasing fears that he might refuse to cede power to President-elect Joe Biden.

But those looking to the nation’s Founders, or the Constitution they framed, for answers to such a crisis will come up empty-handed. There is nothing in the Constitution about what to do if a president refuses to step down when his term expires, according to three historians and a constitutional law professor.

“No, the Framers did not envisage a president refusing to step down or discuss what should be done in such a situation,” said Yale historian Sean Wilentz. “There’s obviously nothing in the Constitution about it.” “This is a contingency that no one would have actively contemplated until this fall,” said historian Jack Rakove, a professor emeritus at Stanford University.

We [historians] pride ourselves in saying, ‘Don’t worry, this has happened before,’ or, ‘Worry, this has happened before,'” said Jeffrey A. Engel, the founding director of the Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University. “Right now, if all your historians can say is, ‘We are in entirely uncharted waters,’ I don’t even know how the rest of that sentence ends.”

Recently, Engel asked the post-doctoral fellows and undergraduates affiliated with the center – whose areas of study range from George Washington to Trump – to drop everything they were doing and search for any historical clues or parallels.

“They all say they got nothing,” Engel said.

The Constitution says a president’s term expires after four years. That’s it. Congress set Washington’s first term as officially beginning on March 4, 1789. March 4 became the de facto inauguration date until the 12th Amendment made it official in 1804. Then, in 1933, the 20th Amendment moved that date up to January 20, and further specified a president’s term expires at noon.

This has been followed to the letter throughout U.S. history, when it was both easy and hard, Engel said. He pointed to Inauguration Day in 1989, when Ronald Reagan’s second term was ending and his vice president, George H.W. Bush was about to assume the presidency. Reagan invited Bush to his last daily briefing in the Oval Office that morning, “and Reagan said, ‘Good. Well, I guess I’m done,’ and got out the nuclear codes from his pocket to hand them to Colin Powell, who was national security adviser. And Powell said, ‘Mr. President, you have to hold onto those until you’re not the president anymore'” – meaning, not until noon.




Out Of 53 Republican Senators, Only “TWO” Have Stood Up To Trump’s Attempt To Overturn The Election


Jon Ward Senior Political Correspondent——YAHOO NEWS

Republican lawmakers remained largely silent about President Trump’s attempts to throw out November’s election results and remain in power via antidemocratic means, even as the president met with Republican leaders of the Michigan Legislature in an apparent pressure campaign to overturn the results in that state.

Yahoo News has asked all 53 Republican members of the U.S. Senate to comment, four different times over the past week, on the president’s actions and those of his legal team. Most recently on Friday morning, we asked them all to respond to remarks Thursday by a member of Trump’s legal team, who called for all votes “in swing states” that Democratic President-elect Joe Biden won to be thrown out and given to Trump instead.

“The entire election, frankly, in all the swing states should be overturned and the legislatures should make sure that the electors are selected for Trump,” Trump lawyer Sidney Powell said on “Lou Dobbs Tonight” on Fox Business.

Only two Republicans out of that group of 53 — Mitt Romney of Utah and Ben Sasse of Nebraska — have stated the truth this week: that there is no evidence of any significant cheating or fraud, and that the president is, as Romney put it, attempting to “subvert the will of the people and overturn the election.”

“It is difficult to imagine a worse, more undemocratic action by a sitting American President,” Romney said in a statement.

When asked for comment, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he had no plans to speak out against the president’s actions, preferring to stand by his remarks earlier in the week that the certification process will play out, and that “the Electoral College will meet in December, and the inauguration will be on January 20.”

When a state certifies its result, it indicates that it has finished counting all votes and conducted its postelection analysis to confirm the result, and this is a legal step that then leads to representatives being named who will represent the state in the Electoral College. Michigan and Pennsylvania are set to certify on Monday. At least a dozen other states have already done so.

Georgia is the first close swing state set to certify its election, and yet on Friday afternoon there was still suspense about whether it would do so by the 5 p.m. deadline. The Republican secretary of state completed a recount of the vote, found no fraud, and his office issued a notice that the result had been certified, with Biden winning the state by just over 12,000 votes. But then that notice was retracted, and Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican, called a press conferencefor 5 p.m., where he did announce the state’s certification of Biden’s win.



Rudy Giuliani, From ‘America’s Mayor’ to Trump’s Conspiracy Monger


The hair coloring melting down the sides of his face while he declared long-dead Venezuelan caudillo Hugo Chavez caused President Donald Trump’s election defeat made one thing clear — Rudy Giuliani is no longer “America’s Mayor.”

The accolade Giuliani earned for his calm fortitude in leading New York City after the September 11, 2001 attacks has dissolved in a series of increasingly bizarre claims that Democrats, the media, and yes, the late Venezuelan dictator, had robbed Trump of reelection.

His press conference Thursday, pushing election conspiracy theories without any evidence, was Giuliani’s latest audacious, fact-shy display on behalf of Trump, who lost the November 3 election to Democrat Joe Biden but refuses to concede defeat.

“We cannot allow these crooks, because that’s what they are, to steal an election from the American people. They elected Donald Trump. They didn’t elect Joe Biden,” Giuliani said, ignoring Biden’s nearly six million vote margin over Trump.

The Republican governor of Maryland, Larry Hogan, called the press conference a “train wreck.”

And Chris Krebs, the head of US election security recently fired by Trump, called it “the most dangerous 1hr 45 minutes of television in American history. And possibly the craziest.”

– $20,000 a day? –

According to the New York Times this week, Giuliani had asked to be paid $20,000 a day for his performances on behalf of Trump — though the same report said it was unclear how much compensation he would ultimately receive.

Money aside, Robert Polner, editor of a book on Giuliani, says that the once-feared federal prosecutor then New York mayor has always been a “restless political opportunist” for whom credibility was not a priority.

The 9/11 attacks set Giuliani up for bigger things, with one writer comparing his response to Winston Churchill.

But that may have been Giuliani’s finest hour.

He set his sights on a White House run in 2008, but a questionable primary strategy failed, as did his leaning on his September 11 credentials without developing a broader platform.

Trump’s Attempts To Overturn The Election Are Unparalleled in U.S. History


The president’s push to prevent states from certifying electors and get legislators to override voters’ will eclipses even the bitter 1876 election as an audacious use of brute political force.


WASHINGTON — President Trump’s attempts to overturn the 2020 election are unprecedented in American history and an even more audacious use of brute political force to gain the White House than when Congress gave Rutherford B. Hayes the presidency during Reconstruction.

Mr. Trump’s chances of succeeding are somewhere between remote and impossible, and a sign of his desperation after President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. won by nearly six million popular votes and counting, as well as a clear Electoral College margin. Yet the fact that Mr. Trump is even trying has set off widespread alarms, not least in Mr. Biden’s camp.

“I’m confident he knows he hasn’t won,” Mr. Biden said at a news conference in Wilmington, Del., on Thursday, before adding, “It’s just outrageous what he’s doing.” Although Mr. Biden dismissed Mr. Trump’s behavior as embarrassing, he acknowledged that “incredibly damaging messages are being sent to the rest of the world about how democracy functions.”

Mr. Trump has only weeks to make his last-ditch effort work: Most of the states he needs to strip Mr. Biden of votes are scheduled to certify their electors by the beginning of next week. The electors cast their ballots on Dec. 14, and Congress opens them in a joint session on Jan. 6.

Even if Mr. Trump somehow pulled off his electoral vote switch, there are other safeguards in place, assuming people in power do not simply bend to the president’s will.

The first test will be Michigan, where Mr. Trump is trying to get the State Legislature to overturn Mr. Biden’s 157,000-vote margin of victory. He has taken the extraordinary step of inviting a delegation of state Republican leaders to the White House, hoping to persuade them to ignore the popular vote outcome.

“That’s not going to happen,” Mike Shirkey, the Republican leader of the Michigan State Senate, said on Tuesday. “We are going to follow the law and follow the process.”

Beyond that, Michigan’s Democratic governor, Gretchen Whitmer, could send Congress a competing electoral slate, based on the election vote, arguing that the proper procedures were ignored. That dispute would create just enough confusion, in Mr. Trump’s Hail Mary calculus, that the House and Senate together would have to resolve it in ways untested in modern times.

Federal law dating to 1887, passed in reaction to the Hayes election, provides the framework, but not specifics, of how it would be done. Edward B. Foley, a constitutional law and election law expert at Ohio State University, noted that the law only required Congress to consider all submissions “purporting to be the valid electoral votes.”

But Michigan alone would not be enough for Mr. Trump. He would also need at least two other states to fold to his pressure. The most likely candidates are Georgia and Arizona, which both went for Mr. Trump in 2016 and have Republican-controlled legislatures and Republican governors.

Gov. Doug Ducey of Arizona has said he will accept the state election results, although only after all the campaign lawsuits are resolved. Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia, where a hand recount reaffirmed Mr. Biden’s victory on Thursday, has not publicly said one way or another who won his state.

Mr. Trump has said little in public apart from tweets endorsing wild conspiracy theories about how he was denied victory. Yet his strategy, if it can be called that, has become clear over two days of increasingly frenetic action by a president 62 days from losing power.

In just that time, Mr. Trump has fired the federal election officialwho has challenged his false claims of fraud, tried to halt the vote-certification process in Detroit to disenfranchise an overwhelmingly Black electorate that voted against him, and now is misusing the powers of his office in his effort to take Michigan’s 16 electoral votes away from Mr. Biden.

In many ways it is even more of an attempted power grab than the one in 1876. At the time, Hayes was governor of Ohio, not president of the United States. Ulysses S. Grant was, and when Hayes won — also by wrenching the vote around in three states — he became known as “His Fraudulency.”

“But this is far worse,” said Michael Beschloss, the presidential historian and author of “Presidents of War.” “In the case of Hayes, both sides agreed that the outcome in at least three states was in dispute. In this case, no serious person thinks enough votes are in dispute that Donald Trump could have been elected on Election Day.”

This is a manufactured crisis. It is a president abusing his huge powers in order to stay in office after the voters clearly rejected him for re-election.”


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‘Did You All Watch My Cousin Vinny?’ Sweating Rudy Giuliani Presents ‘Evidence’ For ‘Massive Voting Fraud’ As Hair Dye Runs Down His Face


Donald Trump lawyer delivered a lengthy harangue at the press and claimed there was ‘massive’ vote fraud

  • He quoted from ‘My Cousin Vinny’ 
  • Said Trump was ‘way ahead on election night’ 
  • ‘We have statisticians willing to testify’
  • ‘Even Tanzania and places that you wouldn’t think of had rules about inspectors,,’ he said in odd reference to East African country 
  • Said officials in Detroit and Philly can ‘get away with whatever they want to do’
  • Presser comes after series of defeats for Trump’s legal team
  • President-elect Joe Biden has amassed 306 electoral votes
  • Georgia announces the results of its recount Thursday 
  • He accused the press of ‘covering up’ affidavits in Trump’s lawsuits 


Donald Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani delivered a rambling monologue Thursday meant to reveal evidence for a ‘massive’ vote fraud where he quoted ‘My Cousin Vinny’ and claimed he had ‘hundreds’ of sworn affidavits as evidence that he would not share – because, he claimed, it would put his witnesses’ lives at risk.

After suffering more than a score of legal defeats on President Trump’s multi-state case to throw out ballots, Giuliani resorted to an extended rant about alleged fraud to reporters packed in tightly at the Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington. 

The last time he held a press conference was at Four Seasons Total Landscaping in northern Philadelphia, making the RNC’s packed conference room at least an upgrade. And this time there were no known sex offenders on stage with him.




Trump Challenges Cement Biden Triumph



President Trump’s frantic post-election challenges are having the opposite effect of what he intended: He’s documenting his demise through a series of court fights and recounts showing Joe Biden’s victory to be all the more obvious and unassailable.

Why it matters: The president’s push to overturn the election results is dispelling the cloud of corruption he alleged by forcing states to create a verified — and legally binding — accounting of his election loss.

  • “Each loss further cements Biden’s win,” says election law expert Richard Hasen.
  • “History shows that any leader who constructs a major myth, that is later shown to be false, will eventually fall,” says Harvard science historian and “Merchants of Doubt” author Naomi Oreskes. “The risk is that he takes his country down with him.”

Reality check: In Georgia, the largest hand recount in U.S. history is underway, with some counties finding exactly the same vote tallies they reported two weeks ago.

  • In Michigan, the Wayne County Board of Canvassers certified Detroit’s election results on the last day possible, after initially deadlocking in a party-line vote.
  • In Wisconsin, the Trump campaign paid $3 million this week for recounts in two counties. State law required it to pick up the tab because Biden’s overall winning margin was greater than one-quarter of a percentage point.
  • The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Philadelphia did not violate the law by restricting poll observers’ proximity to ballots.
  • Last week, the law firm Porter Wright announced it was dropping representation of the president in Pennsylvania after his team had heralded its hiring.
  • In Arizona last week, the campaign’s lead lawyer acknowledged the vote count was not affected by fraud but “good-faith” errors, and the tally did not approach Biden’s 11,000-vote margin of victory.

The big picture: Defeats have been so clear that none of the cases is on a path to reach the president’s preferred venue, the Supreme Court.

  • The smooth election has also prompted praise for the work of local election officials amid the pandemic — and for those state officials and national figureswho have protected election integrity and placed public service above partisan pressure.

Be smart: Al Gore’s magnanimity is still cited today, 20 years after he conceded to George W. Bush when the Supreme Court let stand a Florida recount showing the Texas governor ahead by 537 votes.

  • A private recount later found Gore had lost by an even larger margin than it appeared on Election Day, but that’s not what many people remember most when they think back to 2000.

Giuliani’s court bid to overturn Biden victory turns to farce as he forgets judge’s name, calls other lawyer ‘that angry man,’ claims the 11 biggest cities are conspiring to steal election, then gets directions to the nearest martini bar🥴😂




  • Rudy Giuliani appeared in-person at federal court in Williamsport, PA 
  • He has taken over Donald Trump’s fight to throw out votes in Pennsylvania and other states Joe Biden carried
  • He forgot judge’s name, called the opposition lawyer ‘that angry man’ and claimed 11 of the biggest cities had a conspiracy to steal the election
  • He claimed only a ‘fool’ would think it accidental that Biden won the biggest cities 
  • District Judge William Brann gave him until 5pm Wednesday to file a new brief; 
  • Earlier he said the legal team might lose in order to advance its case 
  • ‘We’re prepared in some of these cases to lose and to appeal and to get it to the Supreme Court,’ Giuliani said

Rudy Giuliani returned to federal court for the first time since 1992 to argue for his client Donald Trump Tuesday, as the president ran out of lawyers and legal options, and was left using the former mayor as his frontman.

But the hearing was far from smooth or convincing, with Giuliani stumbling over the law and the facts, calling his opponent ‘that man who was angry at me’ and needing the meaning of ‘opacity’ explained to him by the judge.

‘In the plaintiffs’ counties, they were denied the opportunity to have an unobstructed observation and ensure opacity,’ Giuliani said. ‘I’m not quite sure I know what opacity means. It probably means you can see, right?’

It means you can’t,’ said U.S. District Judge Matthew Brann in Williamsport, PA.

‘Big words, your honor,’ Giuliani, 76, said.

The case is one of Trump’s few remaining opportunities to stop hundreds of thousands of votes in Pennsylvania counting towards the election result, offering him the beginning of a legal path which could overturn the election result.

The Trump campaign is seeking to prevent Pennsylvania from certifying its election.

The lawsuit is based on a complaint that Philadelphia and six Democratic-controlled counties in Pennsylvania let voters make corrections to mail-in ballots that were otherwise going to be disqualified for a technicality, like lacking a secrecy envelope or a signature.




Biden Says GSA Should Declare Him The Election Winner



Joe Biden said Wednesday that it’s fully within the authority of the General Services Administration (GSA) to recognize him as the president-elect in order to empower a smooth transition process, even as President Trump refuses to concede defeat and blocks his rival from critical transition resources.

Speaking to a panel of health care workers, Biden made the case that the GSA, which is tasked with ascertaining a victor in the presidential election, needs to determine only that he is the “apparent” winner. 

Biden said there’s no reason for the GSA to wait until the states or Congress certifies the election and declares him the official winner.

One of the problems we’re having now is the failure of the administration to recognize,” Biden said. “The law says that the General Services Administration has a person who recognizes who the winner is, and then they have access to all the data and information the government possesses to be prepared. It doesn’t require there to be an absolute winner. It says the apparent winner.” 

GSA Administrator Emily Murphy, who was appointed by Trump, has so far refused to ascertain Biden as the winner, even though he leads by tens of thousands of votes in key battleground states and is expected to win the Electoral College by a comfortable margin. 

Trump is disputing the outcome, making baseless allegations of widespread and systemic fraud. The Trump campaign is paying for a recount in some counties in Wisconsin, where Trump trails Biden by 20,000 votes. They’ll also likely request a recount in Georgia, where Trump trails by about 13,000 votes.

But it is extremely unlikely that those legal challenges or recounts will change the outcome, and Democrats are furious at the Trump administration for impeding the transition.

Because the GSA has declined to ascertain Biden as the winner, the president-elect cannot access government officials or national security briefings. 


Health And Human Services Staffers Reportedly Told To Ignore Biden’s Team



Senators headed home a day early on Wednesday for their Thanksgiving recess, even as COVID-19 relief talks remain on the table. The last round of coronavirus relief legislation expired in July, and with it, boosted unemployment benefits. Further provisions, including jobless benefits for those who expend their state unemployment and pandemic funding for state and local governments, are set to expire at the end of the year. While the House passed its own follow-up legislation months ago, the Senate and White House have not agreed on a relief bill and show no sign of doing so before the year ends. “I just get the sense that Mitch McConnell sees absolutely zero urgency,” said Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.). The Senate will return Nov. 30, just 3 weeks before another recess for the rest of the year.

Staffers in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services have reportedly been told to make this presidential transition even harder.

President Trump and his administration have so far refused to cooperate with President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team, or even acknowledge that a new administration is headed to the White House. That’s especially problematic considering the U.S. has been fighting a deadly pandemic for months, and Biden’s health officials need to start working on an eventual vaccine distribution plan. But as CNN’s Kristen Holmes reports via an administration official, members of Trump’s HHS were told Wednesday not to respond if they’re contacted by Biden’s team, and to flag such communications to a higher-up.