The remarks made by Bolton, who was named the President’s Best National Security Aide in April 2018 and who emerged as a vocal Trump critic after leaving government in September 2019, come as Republican Congressional leaders and the vast majority of ordinary GOP lawmakers remain in support of the ongoing legal challenges of the Trump campaign for election results.
Bolton dismissed the lawsuit, describing the Trump campaign’s claims of widespread election fraud in his interview on Friday as completely unfounded. “The arguments used by Trump and his campaign against the conspiracy to deny him re-election are that the conspiracy is so extensive and successful that there does not appear to be any evidence to support it,” he said.
In the past few days there have been signs of some rifts in Trump’s support among Republicans. A group of senior GOP senators urged Biden to receive high-level information – which appears to go against the White House’s efforts to slow down the president’s transition process.
Bolton agreed that Biden and key members of the President-elect’s team should “have full access to intelligence”. The “individual transition teams” in the State Department, Department of Defense and national security agencies should also “be allowed to do their jobs,” Bolton said.
However, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has insisted the election results are unclear and suggested to reporters at a press conference Tuesday that the State Department’s transition protocols be delayed for the time being. He also promised that there would be “a smooth transition to a second Trump administration”.
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar made similar comments on a CNBC interview When I was asked Tuesday if the White House coronavirus task force was communicating with Biden’s team. “We are ready for if and when the decision is made that there will be a transition,” he said.