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Ohio GOP governor says Trump should begin transition process amid legal battles

Ohio GOP governor says Trump should begin transition process amid legal battles
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Ohio Gov. Mike DeWineMike DeWineThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Tax March - Congress returns; infrastructure takes center stage Biden resists calls to give hard-hit states more vaccines than others Johnson & Johnson vaccine doses will take major drop next week MORE (R) said Sunday that while President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump: McConnell 'helpless' to stop Biden from packing court Romney on NRSC awarding Trump: Not 'my preference' McConnell sidesteps Trump calling him 'dumb son of a b----' MORE is within his legal right to challenge the 2020 election results, his administration should begin the formal transition process with President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump: McConnell 'helpless' to stop Biden from packing court Biden, first lady send 'warmest greetings' to Muslims for Ramadan The business case for child care reform MORE’s team “for the country’s sake.”

When asked by CNN’s “State of the Union” host Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperArkansas governor says 'divisive' Trump attacks on GOP officials are 'unhelpful' Arkansas governor: Veto on trans youth bill was a 'message of compassion and conservatism' Buttigieg: Lawmakers can call infrastructure package 'whatever they like' but 'it's good policy' MORE whether he agrees with concerns by Trump’s former chief of staff, John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE, that delaying the transition is an “increasing national security and health crisis,” DeWine said the process should play out while court battles are being fought by Trump's campaign in battleground states the president lost.

“We have to have faith in our judicial system, faith in our electoral system,” DeWine said. “I’d say this to both sides of this, and I was certainly a supporter of and remain a supporter of the president, but the president has every right to go into court, every right to bring any kind of evidence that he has and no one should begrudge him that or say that there’s anything irregular about that.”

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Trump’s campaign legal team has filed several lawsuits across the country contesting the results by arguing that Biden’s win is largely due to widespread election fraud, an increasingly uphill legal battle in which no credible evidence has been presented. 

While DeWine said on Sunday tht he agreed that the lawsuits should continue to make their way through the judicial system, he is also among a small number of Republican lawmakers who has recognized that Biden won the presidential contest.

“It’s clear, that certainly based on what we know now, that Joe Biden is the president-elect and that transition for the country’s sake, it’s important for a normal transition to start through,” DeWine said. “And the president could go on his other track, his legal track, we should respect that, but we also need to begin that process.”