“White House officials claim they are not pressuring you to block the investigation decision and that you made that determination all by yourself,” wrote the Democrats, adding, “If this is correct, it is important that you now obey the law and make the investigation designation without further delay. “
Democrats say Murphy’s refusal to act has “dire repercussions” as it hinders power transfers and blocks Biden’s ability to assume national security responsibility and prepare a pandemic response plan.
They also pointed to the 2016 election, a race that saw tighter margins in the major swing states won by Trump and a smaller referendum victory for Hillary Clinton. That year, the GSA administrator noted Trump’s victory on November 9, the day after the general election.
A GSA spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.