(PatriotHeadline.com)- To date, the Trump administration has blocked President-elect Joe Biden from having access to the daily intelligence briefings, which is one of the first rights a president-to-be gets after winning an election.
If that doesn’t change by Friday, Republican Senator James Lankford from Oklahoma said he would intervene.
Lankford, who is part of the Senate Oversight Committee, told a local radio station that he’s already begun working on it. He said:
“There is no loss from getting him the briefings and to be able to do that. This needs to occur so that regardless of the outcome of the election, whichever way that it goes, people can be ready for that actual task.”
The President’s Daily Brief is a list of highly-classified intelligence briefings regarding any pressing national security issues. Presidents-elect traditionally receive access to these documents and others so as to ensure a smooth transition from one administration to the next.
On Monday, officials with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence said the president-elect hasn’t been given access to the documents because the General Services Administration hasn’t ascertained the results of the election yet.
For his part, Biden said the briefings “would be useful, but it’s not necessary.”
Still, Lankford is not backing down on his threats of action if President Donald Trump doesn’t provide Biden access to the documents. Lankford specifically referenced the abbreviated transition following the 2000 election. A bipartisan 9/11 report said that was one of the factors that contributed to the U.S. having a lack of preparedness prior to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
“There’s nothing wrong with Vice President Biden getting the briefings to be able to prepare himself and so that he can be ready — the President’s already getting those.”
Lankford said Vice President-elect Kamala Harris has the necessary clearance to begin receiving the briefings as well, since she serves on the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Mark Warner, the top-ranking Democrat on that committee, called for Biden to begin receiving the briefings immediately. He said:
“As has been done in every other transition, the President should order that Biden and his team receive the PDB, as has been done in the past, even during the contested election of 2000. It’s simply irresponsible to withhold this in these uncertain times.”
Lankford stopped short of saying Biden won the presidential election. He defended the Trump administration’s right to file legal disputes and “get real answers” before the casting of official ballots from the Electoral College, which will happen in December.
In the meantime, though, he said:
“Joe Biden can continue to be able to function and say, ‘I’m the president-elect,’ and great if you want to say that, go do it, and to be able to do your preparation work. The President can say, ‘Not so fast. I’ve got questions to answer.’ Great, go ask them.”
No matter what happens, Lankford assured reporters when questioned that “there will be a peaceful transition of power in the United States.”