GOP Sen. James Lankford said Monday that he did "step in" with the General Services Administration late last week over the Biden transition process – and seemed satisfied with the agency's handling of the matter so far.
"I did step in, I did talk to them on Friday," Lankford said, declining to provide details about who he spoke with and what they said. "My staff has been involved, I've been involved."
"We talked through the process, where they're coming from, I talked through what I see is a good process, but I'm just not going to go into all the details," said Lankford, who chairs a Senate subcommittee that oversees GSA.
Lankford defended the decision by the GSA to not ascertain that Joe Biden is the President-elect, arguing the agency cannot make such a determination with one of the candidates disputing the election and before results are certified by the states.
"There's no way they can ascertain," Lankford said. "GSA is not the electors."
Some background: The comments come after Lankford drew attention last week when he said that Biden should be getting briefed on national security matters.
“If that’s not occurring by Friday, I will step in,” Lankford told a local radio station last week.
Lankford said Monday that Biden should get regular classified intelligence briefings that he received as a candidate. But he argued that Biden should not have access to the Presidential Daily Brief – or daily summary of high-level intelligence – until he's officially declared President-elect.
On Saturday, Lankford told Newsmax, “I’m not in a hurry, necessarily, to get Joe Biden these briefings. It's been interesting how the media – national media, not this network but others – have twisted this term 'step in.'"
Lankford claimed Monday he was not being inconsistent.
"Nothing changed for me," he said adding that he's "concerned" about the shortened transition process and wants to make sure that Biden gets some level of briefings as Trump disputes the election results.