GOP senator hedges on acknowledging Biden win: 'It's time for the president's lawyers to present the facts'

Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntThe Hill's Morning Report - Will Schumer back down on his deadline? GOP fumes over Schumer hardball strategy Cybersecurity bills gain new urgency after rash of attacks MORE (R-Mo.) on Sunday did not acknowledge President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump hails Arizona Senate for audit at Phoenix rally, slams governor Republicans focus tax hike opposition on capital gains change Biden on hecklers: 'This is not a Trump rally. Let 'em holler' MORE’s victory, saying instead that it was “time for the president’s lawyers to present the facts” if they had any evidence of wrongdoing.

ABC’s George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosSullivan: Comments by North Korea's Kim an 'interesting signal' Facebook VP says 2-year suspension of Trump from platform 'justified' Commerce secretary on cyberattacks against corporations: 'This is the reality' MORE noted that Blunt’s GOP colleagues Sens. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyTransit funding, broadband holding up infrastructure deal Schumer leaves door open for second vote on bipartisan infrastructure deal Bipartisan group says it's still on track after setback on Senate floor MORE (Utah) and Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiWhy Biden's Interior Department isn't shutting down oil and gas Biden signs bill to bolster crime victims fund Bipartisan group says it's still on track after setback on Senate floor MORE (Alaska) congratulated Biden after the former vice president was declared the winner on Saturday.

“Joe Biden has won this election. Why can’t you acknowledge it?” Stephanopoulos asked Blunt.

“It’s time for the president’s lawyers to present the facts, and it’s time for those facts to speak for themselves,” Blunt responded. 

“I think that happens pretty quickly,” Blunt added in reference to certifying the electoral results. “Almost every state within seven to 10 days of the election goes through that entire canvas. There are always some changes. Seems unlikely that any changes could be big enough to make a difference, but this is a close election. We need to acknowledge that.”

“I thought that Vice President Biden did a great job last night talking about where the country wants to head, and one way to do that is to finish that election the way it deserves to be finished,” he added.

While the president’s legal team and Trump himself have repeatedly alleged widespread voter fraud, they have provided no evidence.

Blunt, who will co-chair the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, told Stephanopoulos on Sunday that he anticipates a “normal” ceremony, despite the coronavirus pandemic.

“We’re planning for a normal inauguration. ... We’re moving forward anticipating an outside full-scale inauguration,” he said. “It’s easier to scale back than to scale up.”