The few Republicans who made their own ascertainment in the 15 days since Mr. Biden won the election were increasingly blunt in their assessment of Mr. Trump’s prospects for overturning the results.
Mr. Trump has made false charges of widespread fraud in Michigan and pressured state legislators to undo the results, but “154,000 votes is plenty to overcome,” Mr. Upton said.
Jennifer Psaki, a senior adviser to the transition team, said on CNN’s “State of the Union” that F.B.I.
background checks, a key part of the confirmation of cabinet secretaries, could not be done until the General Services Administration “ascertained” Mr. Biden’s victory.
The process would give Mr. Biden and his staff members access to federal resources, data and personnel.
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