Two more Republican senators said Monday it's time to start the transition to President-elect Joe Biden's administration, the latest cracks in President Trump's GOP support as he continues to deny his election loss.
Sens. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia acknowledged in separate statements that, as more states certify their results, a smooth transfer of power should be initiated. The statements came just before the General Services Administration informed Biden that the Trump administration is ready to begin the formal transition process, according to a letter from Administrator Emily Murphy sent Monday afternoon and obtained by CNN.
"The presidential election is rapidly coming to a formal end," Alexander, who is retiring, said in a statement posted on Twitter.
"Recounts are being completed. Courts are resolving disputes. Most states will certify their votes by December 8. Since it seems apparent that Joe Biden will be the president-elect, my hope is that President Trump will take pride in his considerable accomplishments, put the country first and have a prompt and orderly transition to help the new administration succeed."
"When you are in public life, people remember the last thing you do," he said.
Capito said in her own statement that the time had come for Biden to begin "receiving all appropriate briefings" for a transfer of power.
"If states certify the results as they currently stand, Vice President Joe Biden will be our next president and Senator Kamala Harris will be our next vice president," she said.
The pair joined a number of other Republicans — including Rep. Paul Mitchell of Michigan and Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska — who have publicly signaled their support for a formal presidential transition process.