Pressure grows from GOP for Trump to recognize Biden election win

President TrumpDonald TrumpHead of firms that pushed 'Italygate' theory falsely claimed VA mansion was her home: report Centrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting VA moving to cover gender affirmation surgery through department health care MORE is facing mounting pressure from Republicans calling on him to recognize President-elect Joe BidenJoe Biden 64 percent of Iowans say 'time for someone else' to hold Grassley's Senate seat: poll Philadelphia shooting leaves 2 dead, injures toddler Ron Johnson booed at Juneteenth celebration in Wisconsin MORE’s win. 

GOP members amped up their push for Trump and Republican leadership to acknowledge Biden’s victory on Sunday, after a federal judge dismissed the campaign’s lawsuit alleging widespread voter fraud in Pennsylvania this week.

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris ChristieChris ChristieThe Hill's Morning Report - After high-stakes Biden-Putin summit, what now? Nikki Haley warns Republicans on China: 'If they take Taiwan, it's all over' Socially-distanced 'action figure' photo of G7 leaders goes viral MORE (R), who has been a Trump ally, labeled the conduct of the Trump campaign’s legal team “a national embarrassment” on ABC’s “This Week.”  


When ABC’s George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosFacebook VP says 2-year suspension of Trump from platform 'justified' Commerce secretary on cyberattacks against corporations: 'This is the reality' Collins 'optimistic' Jan. 6 commission can pass Senate with modifications MORE asked the former governor if it is “time for this to end,” Christie responded, “Yes.”

"I've been a supporter of the president. I voted for him twice. But elections have consequences, and we cannot continue to act as if something happened here that didn't happen," he said. "You have an obligation to present the evidence. The evidence has not been presented."

The campaign’s legal team has filed several lawsuits in battleground states contesting the vote and falsely alleging fraud. Last week, Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiCourt sets Smartmatic dismissal date on Giuliani, Bartiromo, others Ukraine sanctions two businessmen tied to Giuliani Mo Brooks accuses Swalwell attorney who served papers on his wife of trespassing MORE led a press conference in which he promoted conspiracy theories and the president’s unfounded claims of fraud. 

Trump has refused to concede to Biden after the former vice president was widely recognized as the projected winner and president-elect more than two weeks ago. 

Rep. Fred UptonFrederick (Fred) Stephen UptonFauci: Emails highlight confusion about Trump administration's mixed messages early in pandemic Why Republican politicians are sticking with Trump Progressives nearly tank House Democrats' Capitol security bill MORE (R-Mich.) also requested that the process “move forward” despite Trump’s objection to Biden’s win in his state, saying on CNN’s “Inside Politics” that “the voters have spoken.” 

“I mean, here in Michigan, it was a 154,000-vote margin by President-elect Biden, and no one has come up with any evidence of fraud or abuse,” he said. 

“We expect that that process move forward and let the voters, not the politicians, speak,” he added. 

Last week, Trump invited two Michigan state lawmakers to the White House and contacted two members of the Wayne County Board of Elections who are alleging fraud and attempting to rescind their certification of the vote results.

Previous critics of Trump are requesting the Republican Party’s leadership call out the president for what former national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonUS drops lawsuit, closes probe over Bolton book John Bolton: Biden-Putin meeting 'premature' Republicans request documents on Kerry's security clearance process MORE labeled “inexcusable” post-election behavior. 

“The Republican Party is not going to be saved by hiding in a spider hole,” Bolton told CNN’s “State of the Union.” “We need all of our leaders to come out and say, 'The election is over.' We're not talking about an abstract right for Trump to use his legal remedies. We've passed that.”

“The more who come out and say, ‘He doesn’t represent us. He is not following a Republican game plan here,’ the safer they will be,” he added.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) told CNN’s “State of the Union” that he’s “embarrassed that more people” in his party “aren’t speaking up” against Trump’s denial of the election results. 

“We were the most respected country with respect to elections,” Hogan said. “And now we’re beginning to look like we’re a banana republic. It’s time for them to stop the nonsense. It just gets more bizarre every single day.”

Amid the legal battle, Emily Murphy, Trump’s appointed administrator for the General Services Administration, has refused to recognize Biden as the president-elect. Without her ascertainment of Biden’s win, his transition team cannot access government officials, intelligence and funding to plan for the administration.

Sen. Kevin CramerKevin John CramerSenate confirms Radhika Fox to lead EPA's water office GOP senator introduces constitutional amendment to ban flag burning Trump dismisses climate change, calls on Biden to fire joint chiefs MORE (R-N.D.) told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he believes Trump has the right to challenge the election results through the legal process but added it is “past time to start a transition” to the Biden administration.

“I, frankly, do think it's time to — well, it's past time — to start a transition, to at least cooperate with the transition,” he said. “I'd rather have a president that has more than one day to prepare should Joe Biden, you know, end up winning this.”

Other Republicans broke with Trump before Sunday, including Sen. Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyBlack women look to build upon gains in coming elections Watch live: GOP senators present new infrastructure proposal Sasse rebuked by Nebraska Republican Party over impeachment vote MORE (R-Pa.), who on Saturday congratulated Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisThe U.S. and Mexico must revamp institutions supporting their joint efforts Harris signals a potential breakthrough in US-Mexico cooperation Watch live: Harris delivers remarks on vaccination efforts MORE after a federal judge dismissed the Trump campaign’s lawsuit in his home state.

The Pennsylvania Republican requested that Trump “accept the outcome of the election,” saying he “has exhausted all plausible legal options to challenge the result of the presidential race in Pennsylvania.”

On Friday, House Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyCheney: 'It is disgusting and despicable' to see Gosar 'lie' about Jan. 6 GOP's Stefanik defends Trump DOJ secret subpoenas McCarthy pushes back on Biden criticism of GOP at NATO MORE (R-Wyo.) implied that the campaign needed to provide proof of fraud or concede.

“If the President cannot prove these claims or demonstrate that they would change the election result, he should fulfill his oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States by respecting the sanctity of our electoral process,” she said.