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US President Donald Trump’s allies have vowed that the legal battle over Joe Biden’s planned election victory in the White House is just beginning.

“This election is not over yet,” White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said at a press conference. “Far from it.”

It made a barrage of allegations of election corruption, although no evidence of systemic fraud that could have affected the outcome has emerged.

Mr. Trump, a Republican, did not allow the race.

What are Biden and Trump doing?

Ever since the media forecast on Saturday that Mr Biden won the critical state of Pennsylvania and garnered enough votes to claim the White House, the president-elect has pushed ahead with his plans to take power.

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Mr Trump went to Twitter on Monday to re-deny the outcome, making unsubstantiated claims of “unthinkable and illegal” activity during the vote.

The General Services Administration, which manages the federal agencies, has denied Biden aides the formal start of the transition, stating that no “determination” has been made about an election winner.

CBS News, the BBC’s U.S. partner, says the Biden team is considering their legal options if the Trump administration continues to block the surrender.

White House reporters have said that despite his objections, Mr Trump is likely to reluctantly step down in January and is already talking about running for the White House again in 2024.

What does the Trump campaign claim?

At Monday’s press conference, the president’s spokeswoman and a Republican bigwig cited allegations of election corruption and urged reporters to help investigate the unverified claims.

Fox News, formerly the president’s most popular news channel, cut off the event, citing the lack of evidence.

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“Whoa, whoa, whoa,” said host Neil Cavuto. “Unless of them [Ms McEnany] has more details to back it up, I can’t go on showing you that in a good face. “

Ms. McEnany told reporters, “We have only just started getting an accurate, honest number of votes.”

She alleged that Republican election observers had not been given adequate access to vote counts in the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Both Republican and Democratic election observers were kept 4 to 30 meters from tables where votes were being counted in the city, and local election officials cited the need for coronavirus prevention for distancing, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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Ms. McEnany also claimed that electoral officials in this key state allowed a disproportionate number of Democrats to correct or “cure” incorrectly completed ballots.

According to the investigator, some Pennsylvania counties allowed voters to amend such errors while others did not.

Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel said they collected or signed affidavits as part of their investigation into alleged electoral irregularities in Michigan.

“If the shoe were on the other foot,” she said, “if it were this close, if President Trump was at the forefront in all of these states and the media were screaming,” This is not over yet. “.”

What is the final legal measure?

The Trump campaign filed a lawsuit in federal court in Pennsylvania Monday, requesting an injunction to prevent state officials from confirming Mr Biden’s victory in the state. Attorney General Josh Shapiro called the lawsuit “unfounded”.

Republican-controlled prosecutors have since campaigned for the president’s election results.

The 10 attorneys general submitted an amicus letter to the US Supreme Court supporting the Trump campaign case in Pennsylvania.

Also on Monday, the US Department of Justice reportedly authorized prosecutors to investigate alleged voting irregularities in the presidential elections.

In a memo quoted by US media, Attorney General William Barr wrote that such investigations “can be conducted on clear and apparently credible allegations of irregularities which, if any, could potentially affect the outcome of a federal election in a single state.” .

Mr Barr said prosecutors should only deal with “material allegations” of irregularities and that “flimsy, speculative, fanciful or far-fetched allegations” should be ignored.

The New York Times reports that Justice Department official who would have overseen such an investigation, Richard Pilger, resigned in response to Mr Barr’s memo.

What about censuses in the other states?

The results of the presidential elections last Tuesday from the states of Georgia, Arizona, North Carolina and Alaska are still pending.

In Georgia, where the balance sheet continues and Mr Biden is at the top, his foreign minister hit back on Monday against other Republicans who criticized his handling of the elections.

Brad Raffensperger, whose office is overseeing Georgia’s election, said, “Were there any illegal votes? I’m sure they did. And my office is investigating everything.

“Is it increasing to the numbers or margin required to change the outcome to President Trump getting the Georgian vote? That is unlikely.”

States must resolve recounts and legal battles over the results by December 8th. The outcome will be finalized when members of the US Electoral College meet on December 14th.

How do top Republicans react?

Senior members of the presidential party have largely refused to press Mr. Trump into concession.

Senate Chairman Mitch McConnell on Monday beat up the Democrats on the matter.

“Let’s not give lectures, not lectures,” said the Kentucky Senator on the floor of the upper chamber, “on how the President should immediately and cheerfully accept preliminary election results from the same people who had just refused for four years accept the validity. ” of the last election and who assumed that it would also be illegitimate if they lost again – only if they lost. “

He added, “The President has the right to investigate allegations and request recounts under the law, and the Constitution in particular does not play a role in this process for wealthy media companies.”

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