Sen. Lisa Murkowski called on President Trump and his legal team to end their court fights on the 2020 election and begin the transition process weeks after every major news outlet called the election for former vice president Joe Biden.
The Alaska Republican issued a statement Sunday evening on Twitter saying that Biden had won the election fair and square and urged the Trump administration to start preparing to turn over power on Jan. 20.
“As states wrap up the election and certify the results, it is incumbent upon all of us to ensure that we respect the integrity of the election process and uphold Americans’ faith in our electoral system,” Murkowski said.
“Each state has worked to ensure a free and fair elections process. President Trump has had the opportunity to litigate his claims, and the courts have found them without merit,” she added.
“A pressure campaign on state legislators to influence the electoral outcome is not only unprecedented but inconsistent with our democratic process,” she said.
Get ready to turn over the keys, she concluded.
“It is time to begin the full and formal transition process,” Murkowski said.
— Sen. Lisa Murkowski (@lisamurkowski) November 22, 2020
The Biden team has been publicly warned for a week that the Trump administration has not been cooperating with their efforts to gain access to departments and information, as customary in the 2 1/2 months between the election and the inauguration.
Murkowski’s statement comes just days after two prominent Republican senators ripped President Trump’s attempt to overturn the results of the presidential election in Michigan, with one going so far as to call the President’s strategy “undemocratic.”
Utah Sen. Mitt Romney and Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse — two of the few lawmakers in their party who are willing to criticize Trump — released statements late on Thursday night, taking the President to task for his attempts to overturn his loss in Michigan.
Romney’s statement was the most direct criticism of Trump’s chaotic post-election strategy aimed at overturning President-elect Joe Biden’s win of any Republican lawmaker to date.
“Having failed to make even a plausible case of widespread fraud or conspiracy before any court of law, the President has now resorted to overt pressure on state and local officials to subvert the will of the people and overturn the election,” Romney said in a statement posted to Twitter. “It is difficult to imagine a worse, more undemocratic action by a sitting American President.”
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) November 20, 2020
Trump fired back at Romney Friday morning, writing on Twitter that the senator is a “RINO,” Republican in name only, and saying, “I’m sure, however, that he feels he got slaughtering by Obama ‘fair and square’.”
Sasse said in his statement that he is telling his constituents to look at what the Trump legal team is arguing in court, not what they are saying in public.