Live politics updates: Biden, Harris to introduce more staff picks as Electoral College prepares to vote Monday – USA TODAY

USA TODAY’s coverage of the 2020 election and President-elect Joe Biden’s transition continues this week as he rolls out more of his picks for top jobs in his administration. Meanwhile, the remaining final states certify their vote counts before the Electoral College ballots are officially cast Monday.

President Donald Trump has cleared the way for Biden’s team to use federal resources and get briefings during the transition, although Trump has yet to formally concede the race.

Be sure to refresh this page often to get the latest information on the election and the transition.

Trump refers to the ‘Biden administration’ in tweet

President Donald Trump insists his election protests will succeed and he will remain president – but on Friday he acknowledged Joe Biden’s pending presidency by referencing “the Biden administration” in a tweet.

“The Biden Administration will be a scandal plagued mess for years to come,” Trump tweeted.

Trump cited Biden’s future presidency in the context of a plea to the Supreme Court to hear a complaint from Texas about voting rules in other states – an argument the justices will almost certainly reject.

Trump has previously acknowledged the imminence of the Biden presidency. On Nov. 15, he tweeted that Biden had indeed “won” the election.

“He won because the Election was Rigged,” Trump claimed then. A variety of judges and election officials across the country have since rejected those complaints.

Biden will be sworn in as the nation’s 46th president on Jan. 20.

– David Jackson

Biden and Harris to unveil new staff selections

President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will introduce new members of their incoming administration in a Friday news conference in Wilmington, Delaware.

The Democrats recently chose Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, to be secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development; Tom Vilsack as secretary of agriculture; Denis McDonough to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs; Katherine Tai to take over as U.S. trade representative and Susan Rice has been tapped as director of the White House Domestic Policy Council. 

Biden continues to build out his administration while facing pressure from members of Congress who want him to ensure his staff is diverse. 

– Sean Rossman

Electoral College expected to seal Biden’s win Monday

Despite President Donald Trump’s refusal to accept Joe Biden’s election win, the Electoral College will vote Monday, possibly sealing the president’s electoral fate. 

Across all statehouses amid a global pandemic, 538 electors are set to convene to cast their votes for either Biden or Trump, reflecting the popular votes in their states. 

Although protests are likely at some capitol buildings, the outcome should offer little suspense. Biden is set to end the day with 306 electoral votes, topping Trump’s 232.

Historically, the Electoral College meeting is a formality given little attention. But Trump’s unprecedented efforts to overturn the election have magnified every turn in the election calendar and shined the spotlight on electors who are usually overlooked.

– Joey Garrison