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Biden receives his first daily presidential report, as Arizona certifies his victory

2020-12-01T08:53:31.297Z

The president-elect had not received this highly classified information before because the Trump Administration delayed approval of the transition process.



By Geoff Bennett, Rebecca Shabad and Dareh Gregorian -

NBC News

WASHINGTON - President-elect Joe Biden was scheduled to host his first daily presidential briefing since winning the 2020 election,

a victory further solidified

when the disputed state of Arizona certified his victory there. .

[Follow our coverage of the 2020 US presidential election]

The certification of the 11 votes from the Arizona Electoral College came as President Donald Trump and his allies accused rampant alleged “electoral fraud” taking place in Arizona,

a state Trump won in 2016.

The state's Republican governor , Doug Ducey, praised the voting process there on Monday.

"We do the elections well here, in Arizona. The system is strong, and that's why I've been so great with it," Ducey said while overseeing the certification.

Joe Biden maintains advantage in Arizona and they attribute it to the Latino vote

Nov. 5, 202002: 32

At the same time the vote was being certified in Phoenix, Trump's campaign attorneys Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis met with some Republican state legislators at a hotel about two miles from there.

Giuliani propagated

a series of unfounded conspiracy theories aimed at undermining election results

in Arizona and other battle states that Trump lost.

[A trio of Mexican Americans allied with the Navajo tribe help defeat Trump in Arizona]

In certifying the results, Secretary of State Katie Hobbs highlighted the number

of security measures that were taken to keep voting safe.

"All Arizona voters have my thanks, and should know that they can be proud that this election was conducted with transparency, precision, and fairness in accordance with Arizona's electoral laws and procedures, despite numerous unsubstantiated claims by otherwise, "he said.

[Biden wins Arizona and makes a blue turn to that key state that traditionally votes Republican]

Trump's refusal to concede the election as his attorneys attempted implausible legal and public relations maneuvers to overturn the election results initially delayed the transition process, including allowing Biden to obtain the daily presidential briefing.

The report, also received Monday by Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, is a classified document describing high-level intelligence and analysis regarding national security.

It is prepared by the Director of National Intelligence and includes information from the CIA and other elements of the intelligence community.

Here's the latest on the transition to the Biden government:

☑️ Arizona's certification paved the way for Democrat Mark Kelly to be sworn in as the new state senator on Monday afternoon.

This reduces the current Republican majority to 52-48.

[Democrats snatch an Arizona senator from Republicans and tie at 48, but a majority will be decided in January]

☑️ Biden appointed Neera Tanden, president and CEO of the Center for American Progress, to head its Office of Management and Budget and economist Cecilia Rouse to chair the Council of Economic Advisers.

This after he announced that he would select Janet Yellen as his Treasury secretary.

Biden is expected to introduce members of his economics team Tuesday in Wilmington.

☑️ Biden and Harris formed a presidential inaugural committee this Monday to organize their inauguration activities on January 20.

This is what the process of transition of power from Trump to Biden implies

Nov. 24, 202002: 20

☑️ Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is on Biden's shortlist for attorney general, sources familiar with the matter told our sister network NBC News.

Outgoing Senator Doug Jones, D-Alabama, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates are also under consideration.

☑️ Former National Security Adviser to the Obama Administration, Tom Donilon, is no longer in the running to be director of the CIA.

Sources familiar with the process told NBC News that Donilon turned down the position.

☑️ Biden and Harris announced an all-female communications team this Sunday, with Jen Psaki, a former spokesperson during the Obama Administration, as the White House press secretary.

☑️ Jon Ossoff, who will face incumbent Republican Senator David Perdue in one of the two Georgia Senate elections in January that will determine control of that chamber, criticized his opponent for a series of stock exchanges on the stock market during the pandemic that were very timely.

Ossoff said Perdue "has been using his office to enrich himself" and demanded that Perdue, who has refused to participate in further debate, "come out of hiding and answer some questions."

☑️ Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said at a news conference Monday: "There are those who are exploiting the emotions of many Trump supporters with fantastic claims, half-truths and misinformation, and frankly, it seems they are also misleading the President".

Raffensperger also appealed to fellow Republicans:

“Following the law is important.

The truth matters, and your vote matters, whoever tells you to boycott an election is not on your side. "

☑️ After receiving the daily presidential briefing, Biden and Harris are expected to meet separately with the transition team advisers.

Over the weekend, Biden suffered small fractures to his right foot while playing with one of his dogs.

His doctor said Sunday that the injury likely required a walking boot for several weeks.

Source: telemundo

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