Joe Biden is not getting top-level national security information until the General Services Administration ascertains that he officially defeated President Donald Trump, the office of Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe has confirmed.
“ODNI follows the statutory direction provided in the Presidential Transition Act, which requires ascertainment of the candidate by the administrator of GSA prior to supporting a potential presidential transition,” Ratcliffe’s office said in a statement to NBC News Tuesday. “ODNI would not have contact with any transition team until notified by the GSA administrator.”
GSA chief Emily Murphy still has not signed the office’s letter of ascertainment, which has been required since the transition act was passed 60 years ago to provide information and to unlock money used in the transition process.
This means Biden is not receiving the President’s Daily Brief, a compilation of intelligence reporting for the most senior officials in the government. Trump hasn’t authorized its release, NBC News reported.
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