CEOs Call On Trump To Concede And Ensure Smooth Transition

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U.S. President Donald Trump's campaign on Monday told a federal appeals court it would seek to halt the "effect" of Pennsylvania's likely certification of the November 3 election results, after a lower court paved the way to certify President-elect Joe Biden as the victor. "Like many in the business community, I am ready to help President-elect Biden and his team as they confront the significant challenges of rebuilding our post-COVID economy", Schwarzman told Axios in a separate statement, adding that it was time for the country to "move on".

After saying that he supported Trump and his campaign's right to legal action, Portman noted that the sitting president's lawsuits for the past three weeks have been "resolved" in their failure to prove Trump's bogus allegations of widespread voter fraud.

Michigan's elections agency has recommended that a Biden victory be certified by the Board of State Canvassers, which has two Democrats and two Republicans, on Monday.

Joined by Luzerne County councilmen Harry Haas and Stephen Urban, Dombroski-Gebhardt had previously said the county should not certify the results until officials are provided with "a full accounting of all votes, including write-in votes, provisional ballots and "spoiled" ballots surrendered by voters who received a mail-in ballot and chose to vote in person instead", local news outlet The Citizens' Voice reported Sunday.

More cracks appeared in the facade of Republican unity over the weekend with Mr Trump confidant and former New Jersey governor Chris Christie calling the president's legal team a "national embarrassment".

Both for the Republicans who do, and do not, oppose the effort to cast aspersions on the election results, a very serious consideration that has not taken center stage is what would be the effect for many in the Republican establishment if some states refuse to mandate their electors to vote in the Electoral College for the victor of the state's popular vote?

US Congressman Mike Kelly, a Trump ally, and other Pennsylvania Republicans filed a lawsuit on Saturday aimed at throwing out 2.6 million mail-in votes - claiming state law allowing them is unconstitutional. The normally rote bureaucratic measure could end up in the courts if Republicans on the panel decline to certify the results.

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Biden allies also indicated he could announce his selection for secretary of state as soon as this week, with former national security adviser Susan Rice and veteran diplomat Antony Blinken seen as among the candidates. Russia, he said, "really doesn't care who wins our elections, as long as a large number of Americans doubt the legitimacy of the result".

Biden leads the state by a margin of more than 80,000 votes. According to Hogan, the United States is now "beginning to look like we're in a banana republic". "We need all of our leaders to come out and say the election is over".

"We're in a very, very hard situation on all levels", the government's top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said on CBS' "Face the Nation".

It also reported that Twitter will meet transition officials of Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris in the coming months to discuss the particulars of how the new administration will use Twitter.

The head of the General Services Administration, Emily Murphy, is legally responsible for deciding when the transition can begin but has refused to acknowledge Biden as president-elect.

Meanwhile, Biden's transition team is preparing to roll out a slate of Cabinet nominees on Tuesday.

The appeal came amid continued turmoil on Trump's legal team, which has seen nearly daily turnover during the last couple of weeks.

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