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Pressure grows from GOP for Trump to recognize Biden election win

President TrumpDonald TrumpNYT: Rep. Perry played role in alleged Trump plan to oust acting AG Arizona GOP censures top state Republicans McCain, Flake and Ducey Biden and UK prime minister discuss NATO, multilateralism during call MORE is facing mounting pressure from Republicans calling on him to recognize President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenDC residents jumped at opportunity to pay for meals for National Guardsmen Joe Biden might bring 'unity' – to the Middle East Biden shouldn't let defeating cancer take a backseat to COVID 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 ChristieSenator releases photos of man wanted in connection with Capitol riot Press: Only one week left, why impeach him twice? The Hill's Morning Report - House to impeach Trump this week 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.”  

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When ABC’s George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosOfficials brace for second Trump impeachment trial Biden spokesperson: Inauguration at Capitol will demonstrate 'resilience of American democracy' Newly sworn-in GOP lawmaker says he may have ended career by voting to impeach Trump 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 GiulianiLawyers group calls for Giuliani's suspension from law practice, ethics probe Would Trump have gotten away with a self-pardon? History will never know Trump grants clemency to more than 100 people, including Bannon 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 UptonUpton becomes first member of Congress to vote to impeach two presidents The Hill's Morning Report - Trump impeached again; now what? Kinzinger says he is 'in total peace' after impeachment vote 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 BoltonPence, other GOP officials expected to skip Trump send-off NSA places former GOP political operative in top lawyer position after Pentagon chief's reported order After insurrection: The national security implications 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 CramerGroup of GOP senators seeks to block Biden moves on Paris, Keystone McConnell faces conservative backlash over Trump criticism McConnell keeps GOP guessing on Trump impeachment 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 ToomeyGovernment used Patriot Act to gather website visitor logs in 2019 Appeals court rules NSA's bulk phone data collection illegal Dunford withdraws from consideration to chair coronavirus oversight panel MORE (R-Pa.), who on Saturday congratulated Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisBiden must wait weekend for State Department pick Senators introduce bill to award Officer Goodman the Congressional Gold Medal An ally in the White House is good for abortion access, but not enough 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 CheneyHouse GOP leader says he has 'concerns' over Cheney's impeachment vote Cheney tests Trump grip on GOP post-presidency GOP senators say only a few Republicans will vote to convict Trump 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.