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‘It’s Critical’ For Republican Leaders To Explain To Voters Trump Lost The Election: John Bolton

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President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser urged Republican Party leaders Sunday to acknowledge and explain the presidential election result to their supporters rather than continuing to appease the president as he promotes baseless claims of voter fraud.

“I think as every day goes by, it’s clearer and clearer there isn’t any evidence,” John Bolton said on ABC’s “This Week,” dismissing Trump’s claim that President-elect Joe Biden’s victory is illegitimate. “But if the Republican voters are only hearing Donald Trump’s misrepresentations, it’s not surprising that they believe it.”

“It’s critical for other Republican leaders to stand up and explain what actually happened: Donald Trump lost what, by any evidence we have so far, was a free and fair election,” he continued.

The appeal from Bolton, who has been a sharp critic of the president’s since leaving his national security post in September 2019, came on a morning during which Trump, via Twitter, made one of his first acknowledgements of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory — albeit while repeating his unsubstantiated claim that the election was rigged. He tweeted again to say that he was not conceding.

“This Week” co-anchor Martha Raddatz noted that the president’s refusal to accept the election’s results is delaying the transition to the Biden administration and holding up intelligence briefings for the president-elect, and later asked former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, in a separate interview, about the importance of the changeover.

“How crucial is this period of presidential transition?” Raddatz asked.

“A new government cannot start on Jan. 20 from a standing-still position,” Johnson said, noting that he personally visited Trump Tower four years ago to brief the former real estate mogul. “This is what transitions are for. Intelligence briefings, (presidential daily briefings), when you’re in office — in national security — are your eyes and ears.

“So it’s a disservice to the American public,” he continued. “It’s a disservice to our national security to make the incoming government wait until Jan. 20 to actually begin to get up to speed on a myriad of issues.”

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