Trump To Biden – No Intelligence Briefs Until Election ‘Ascertained’


As Joe Biden and the press continue to insist, incorrectly, that Biden is “president-elect,” the Trump administration has stated it will not provide Biden any intelligence briefs until the election is officially decided. While Biden supporters in the Intelligence Community (IC) wail, with only the media “projecting” Biden as the winner, Trump is on firm legal and constitutional ground.

NBC News reported that the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) issued a statement that said it will not have any official interactions with the so-called Biden “transition” until the General Services Administration (GSA) decides on a winner. This official process, called “ascertainment,” is required by the 60-year-old Presidential Transition Act.

According to the ODNI statement, it continues:

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. ODNI would not have contact with any transition team until notified by the GSA administrator.

NBC News reports that the GSA chief has not yet signed the letter of “ascertainment” due to the legal challenges and counting still pending. Because of that, Biden is not receiving the President’s Daily Brief (PDB), the daily high-level intelligence summary that goes to POTUS and most senior officials in the government.

“Shame on DNI Ratcliffe for hiding behind the Presidential Transition Act,” Larry Pfeiffer, a former senior CIA official, said, according to NBC News. “All it would take is a presidential head-nod to make it happen…this was done in 2000 for George Bush even as election challenges continued.”

However, during the 2000 Gore-Bush election contest, which I was involved in as part of the Bush Florida Recount Team, vote recounts in that state meant the winner was not decided until well after Thanksgiving – on Dec. 13.

And in that case, GW Bush did not get the intelligence briefings from the Clinton White House until early December, said David Priess, a former CIA officer and author of “The President’s Book of Secrets: The Untold Story of Intelligence Briefings to America’s Presidents from Kennedy to Obama.”

On Tuesday, NBC News reported Biden confirmed to reporters that he was not receiving the daily brief. “Obviously the PDB would be useful but it’s not necessary,” he said. “I’m not the sitting president now.”

Indeed, he is not. And until Joe Biden is “ascertained” as the winner by GSA, he also is not the “president-elect” for any presidential transition purposes.


Paul Crespo

Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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Andy
12 days ago

Glad the POTUS is giving back the crap he has gotten for the last 4 yrs. Biden how does it feel to be told you ain’t the President yet?

Art
Art
12 days ago
Reply to  Andy

And we hope Biden never will be.

BillA
12 days ago
Reply to  Andy

Biden will NOT be President, obvious voter FRAUD !

Arjay
Arjay
12 days ago

Thank you for clearing that up!!

Jay Martel
12 days ago

And won’t be capable of being it, either!

Bama Bill
Bama Bill
12 days ago
Reply to  Jay Martel

Joe will get “Klintonitis” within the first 30 days. He “Spilled the Beans” when he said “We have the best voter fraud system ever”! On the air yet! When 61 boxes of ballots show up, at 4 a.m., with only “votes for Biden”, no other offices voted for, NOTHING “Stinks”? Bull pucks.

Joy
Joy
12 days ago

Seems to me he’s chomping at the bit to undo everything good Trump has done. He thinks renaming obozocare to Biden care makes it ok. Harris wants your weapons….why??? Just what are they planning that they know we gonna fight ????? Can’t be good. She wants citizens to be easy prey for all the criminals that will pour thru the open border!!!!!!

Donna
Donna
12 days ago
Reply to  Joy

Americans will never give up their guns without one hell of a fight…it is better to fight and die with your gun in your hand then die because you let your government take it from you !!!

Donna
Donna
12 days ago

Briefing Sleepy Joe really won’t matter because he won’t remember any of it !! With Biden as President and Harris ,VP…this country is heading for disaster….and the dumb Dems that voted for him , will feel the pain….wait and see…I pray that Trump wins and we have 4 more glorious years …..that would be a blessing….

Bill R
Bill R
12 days ago
Reply to  Donna

he’ll remember only enough to be a National Security risk, nevertheless China will get an ear full.

mary ellen
mary ellen
12 days ago

someone might want to check on Biden talking to foreign leaders
no one on Fox has talked about it—sounds like what Flynn did and Trump was actually the
President—looks shady to me!!!

THOMAS
THOMAS
12 days ago

Biden will never be MY President ! He is using his VOTER FRAUD … here is what he said … “We have put together the most extensive and inclusive voter fraud organization in the history of American politics.”
– Joe Biden, October 24, 2020


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