- Pompeo, without giving substantial evidence, suggested Trump had defeated Biden in the US presidential election
- The senior official said there would be a "smooth transition" to a second Trump administration while insisting every legal vote must count
- Biden however, said the standoff with the 74-year-old's administration won't stop his transition to the White House
The US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo is the latest of President Donald Trump's ally to reject the country's presidential election results where Democrat Joe Biden is the projected winner.
Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, November 10, Pompeo, without giving substantial evidence, even suggested that Trump defeated the Democrat in the highly contested election.
Pompeo said there would be a "smooth transition" to a second Trump administration while insisting every legal vote must count, Politico reported.
“There will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration. When the process is complete, there will be electors selected. There’s a process. The Constitution lays it out pretty clearly.”
The US Secretary of State is one of Trump's confidants and his remarks signal a tough battle ahead for the powerful nation ahead of Biden's swearing in ceremony in January 2021.
Probe into rigging claims
His comments also came after US attorney general, William Barr authorised a probe into Trump's rigging claims.
Barr on Monday, November 9, gave federal prosecutors a go-ahead to investigate allegations of voter fraud.
He stated that:
“Given that voting in our current elections has now concluded, I authorise you to pursue substantial allegations of voting and vote tabulation irregularities prior to the certification of elections in your jurisdictions."
Meanwhile, after refusing to accept defeat in the US presidential election, President Donald Trump’s campaign is seeking an emergency injunction in Pennsylvania to prevent Joe Biden's victory from being certified in the state.
According to BBC, the White House press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany has vowed that the legal battle to contest Biden's victory was only just beginning.
Another news network, Aljazeera reported that the lawsuit which was filed on Monday, November 9, is also seeking an injunction requiring county election boards to invalidate ballots that were allowed to be “cured”.
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