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SU Law Professor Optimistic About Successful Transition for Biden Despite Delays

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A Syracuse University Law School Professor says President Elect Joe Biden won’t have a problem catching up three weeks after the election because his team has been preparing all along.  William Banks says Biden’s planning began when he clinched the democratic nomination last summer.

He thinks the delay by the Trump Administration to share information to Biden will be “negligible to none.” However, he feels it comes with other costs.

“I feel a great deal has been lost symbolically and I believe our democratic institutions have been severely beat up by the bruising battles that have been fought for no good reason.”

Biden’s team can now engage in daily national security updates and classified briefings with the Trump Administration. Banks says Biden’s cabinet is filled with diversity and experience.

“Some of them are from the Obama administration, so of them much further back, like John Kerry who will be a cabinet-level official responsible for climate change.  It’s Kerry’s deep passion,” Banks said.

Kerry previously served as President Obama’s Secretary of State from 2013 to 2017. All of Biden’s security team appointments announced Tuesday have ties to the Obama administration, where Biden served as Vice President.

Other appointees include Antony Blinken to become Secretary of State, Avril Haines as the first woman to serve as Director of National Intelligence and Alejandro Mayorkas to serve as Homeland Security Secretary.

Despite the election results being certified by the General Services Administration on Monday and the conclusion of legal challenges in Michigan and Pennsylvania, President Trump has yet to concede the race.