November 12, 2020 at 6:22 AM EST
How Biden’s transition team will work around Trump’s blockade of the government
By Sean Sullivan, Lisa Rein, John Hudson and Laura Meckler
Biden has tapped a vast network of allies with extensive government experience and relationships to spearhead a transition of power carefully calibrated to work around the Trump administration’s unprecedented efforts to obstruct a smooth changeover.
With the Trump White House blocking the administration from formally cooperating with Biden, the members of the Democrat’s transition team are under strict orders not to have any contact with current government officials, even back-channel conversations, according to people with knowledge of the situation, who presented several explanations for the directive.
Biden transition team members are instead making contact with recently departed government officials and other experts to help them prepare for the new administration.