A Democrat who wants to be the next president continued to ignore legal action about the integrity of the election in the nation’s highest court.
Joe Biden has appointed former aide Ron Klain as the next White House chief of staff.
“Ron has been invaluable to me over the many years that we have worked together, including as we rescued the American economy from one of the worst downturns in our history in 2009 and later overcame a daunting public health emergency in 2014,” Biden said in a statement.
The decision came despite the Trump 2020 campaign’s recent lawsuit that alleges President Donald Trump is the rightful winner of the presidential election after unlawful ballots are excluded.
However, Klain still claimed voters elected Biden to be president despite the lengthy recounting process still underway.
“It is the honor of a lifetime to serve President-elect Biden in this role, and I am humbled by his confidence,” he said in a statement. “I look forward to helping him and the vice president-elect assemble a talented and diverse team to work in the White House, as we tackle their ambitious agenda for change and seek to heal the divides in our country.”
Klain used to be a senior adviser to Biden’s 2020 campaign team and was previously chief of staff when Biden was vice president between 2009 and 2011. Klain was also the White House Ebola response coordinator between 2014 and 2015.
“Ron Klain’s deep, varied experience and capacity to work with people all across the political spectrum is precisely what I need in a White House chief of staff as we confront this moment of crisis and bring our country together again,” Biden said on Twitter.
Attorney General William Barr recently allowed the Department of Justice (DOJ) to begin recounting ballots, certifying election results and conducting witness interviews in Pennsylvania without intervention from the DOJ public integrity section’s election crimes branch (ECB.) This is hoped to allow the task to be performed transparently and efficiently with minimal delays.
“A passive and delayed enforcement approach can result in situations in which election misconduct cannot realistically be rectified,” Barr said in a statement shared on Twitter. “[Without interference from the ECB] any concerns that overt actions taken by the department could inadvertently impact an election are greatly minimized, if they exist at all, once voting has concluded—even if election certification has not yet been completed.”