Pentagon ‘blocks’ Biden team from meeting intel officials – Times of India

NEW YORK: The Trump administration has blocked Joe Biden’s transition team from meeting with officials at US intelligence agencies controlled by the Pentagon, current and former US officials have said. The president-elect’s team had asked to meet with senior officials at military intelligence agencies within the defence department, which include the National Security Agency and the Defence Intelligence Agency, but were not allowed to do so, the Washington Post reported.
Sue Gough, a spokeswoman for the defence department, said on Friday that the Biden team “has not been denied any access,” and that the requested meetings will occur at some point next week. But the Pentagon made multiple procedural requests that appeared to delay the Biden team’s meeting with intelligence agencies, which included asking for attendees’ names in advance, topics to be discussed and estimations on the time to be allotted, the Post reported. A Biden transition team spokesman declined to comment.
Meanwhile, California certified its election on Friday and appointed 55 electors pledged to vote Biden, handing him the electoral college majority needed to win. His tally of pledged electors is 279 now, that’s just over the 270 threshold for victory. The electors will meet in their states on December 14 to cast votes, which Congress will tally on January 6.

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