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Press Release Published: Dec 10, 2020

Hice, Comer Commend GSA Administrator for Adhering to the Law Amid Threats of Violence

Criticize Democrats for Continuing to Ignore Election Irregularities

WASHINGTON—Today, the Subcommittee on Government Operations held a hearing about the presidential transition of power. In his opening statement, Subcommittee Ranking Member Jody Hice (R-Ga.) outlined the historic precedent for determining an apparent president-elect and criticized Democrats and others for the abhorrent treatment of General Services Administrator Emily Murphy as she followed the law in making a determination.

Subcommittee Ranking Member Hice and Full Committee Ranking Member Comer clarified that the Biden transition team was in no way hindered by the General Services Administration’s (GSA) adherence to the law and historic precedent. Both ranking members also called for the ambiguity of the Presidential Transition Act to be fixed.

Ranking Member Comer (R-Ky.) echoed Hice’s comments and voiced his appreciation for Administrator Murphy’s commitment to the law while she, her family, and her staff were threatened. Both Hice and Comer voiced sincere concerns regarding the irregularities of the presidential election, which Democrats have thus far failed to acknowledge or investigate.

The remarks as prepared for delivery are below.

Subcommittee on Government Operations Ranking Member Hice:

Thank you, Chairman Connolly, for calling this hearing regarding the ongoing presidential transition.

This year’s transition highlights a number of significant shortcomings in the governing statute for transitions.

At present, it is ultimately a judgement call by the GSA administrator as to when a victor is “apparent” and to “ascertain” the winner before providing post-election funds and services.

That is just about as nebulous as you can get.

As I made clear in a letter to GSA on November 13, even the drafters of the Presidential Transition Act contemplated that an ascertainment should not be made if the results were uncertain and unapparent, which was the case in this year’s election.

With no guidance or clarity, GSA looked to the precedent set under the Clinton Administration in 2000 when it waited until the December 12 decision in Bush v. Gore to make an ascertainment.

Looking for some element of official action before ascertaining a winner—which ultimately came when key states certified their election results—was an acceptable course of action given the ambiguities I mentioned earlier.

I encouraged GSA to do what they were supposed to—to follow the law—not react to the vitriol being spewed by the political left, enabled as they are by the mainstream media, which has become nothing more than their propaganda arm.

This led to threats of violence against Administrator Murphy and her staff and is shameful behavior by all involved.

To those who shriek about the Trump campaign exercising its right to contest results in court, I say this is bold talk from a group that for four years has refused to acknowledge the legitimacy of President Trump’s victory and presidency.

This includes the actual collusion between the Obama administration, Clinton campaign, the FBI and even a Russian agent to fabricate a false narrative of collusion against the Trump campaign.

Not to mention a kangaroo court of an impeachment trial.

And, as to claims of a damaged and inadequate transition, Joe Biden himself provides an answer: “I think we’re going to not be so far behind the curve as we thought we might be in the past. There’s a lot of immediate discussion, and I must say that the outreach has been sincere.”

Moreover, GSA has been working on the transition for over a year and provided the Biden campaign resources as early as September, back when Democrats were campaigning on promises to defund the police and implement the Green New Deal.

It is not true that the less than three weeks that GSA waited somehow put our national security at risk or delayed distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine. The truth is Joe Biden had pre-election resources made available to him and plans for a COVID-19 vaccine distribution are well underway.

And, like George W. Bush in 2000, nothing prevented Joe Biden from vetting and selecting the individuals he intends to nominate for key positions during those three weeks and even before the election.

The Trump administration should be applauded for their endeavors both pre- and post-election.

What I am concerned about are my constituents who don’t have confidence in whether their vote actually counted.

I am concerned Democrats have completely ignored the question of election irregularities and have done exactly nothing to investigate them.

Ranking Member Comer:

Thank you, Chairman Connolly, and for all the witnesses appearing here today.

I’d like to thank Ranking Member Hice for his leadership in this area, particularly the letter he sent to the GSA administrator advising her about the requirements of the Presidential Transition Act, and encouraging her to stand strong and follow the law in the face of great opposition.

We should all be thankful for public servants like GSA Administrator Emily Murphy who follow the law, even as she was vilified in the media and received thousands of threats against herself, her staff, and even her pets.

Government officials take an oath to uphold the Constitution and the laws passed through our government, and her adherence to the Presidential Transition Act as written should be commended, not lamented.

The Act provides no clear guidelines for how the GSA administrator should proceed when elections are contested, and this is something that needs to be fixed.

I suspect Democrats will attempt to portray the three weeks that passed between the election and ascertainment as incredibly detrimental to a Biden administration—a ready excuse for anything that goes wrong.

But ,the real work of transition—choosing and vetting a team—begins well before the election and doesn’t have anything to do with GSA.

And, indeed, Joe Biden himself and people close to him have said the transition “has been fairly smooth…”

Vaccine distribution plans have been coming along, although, if memory serves, some Democrat governors aren’t that eager about a vaccine developed under President Trump.

As for access to the President’s intelligence briefing book, it might have made the country safer having a three-week delay given the ties of the State and DNI nominees to China.

I will end by echoing Ranking Member Hice’s concerns; concerns shared by my constituents: that widespread voting irregularities and even reports of outright fraud may have disenfranchised their votes.

So, I would echo his call for this Committee to hold hearings to examine this election to ensure that our constituents can be confident that their vote counts.