Biden transition team to meet with DoD intelligence agencies this week

During a conference call with reporters, the Pentagon refuted a Washington Post report that had quoted defense officials saying Trump administration is undermining the peaceful transition of power by preventing members of the Biden team from meeting with members of DoD intelligence agencies.

Biden transition team to meet with DoD intelligence agencies this week
Biden transition team to meet with DoD intelligence agencies this week

Biden transition team to meet with DoD intelligence agencies this week

The Pentagon has announced that the Biden-Harris transition team is scheduled to meet with officials from intelligence agencies overseen by the Defense Department this week.

The team will be meeting the National Reconnaissance Office, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency, and the Defense Intelligence Agency, on December 7th and 8th, reported SpaceNews.

During a conference call with reporters, the Pentagon refuted a Washington Post report that had quoted defense officials saying Trump administration is undermining the peaceful transition of power by preventing members of the Biden team from meeting with members of DoD intelligence agencies.

Christopher Miller, Acting Secretary of Defense, issued a statement saying, “DoD and its transition leadership are fully cooperating with the Biden transition team.”

In addition, the officials also denied media reports that Kash Patel, a recent Trump appointee currently serving as the Pentagon chief of staff, is controlling who can meet or what can be discussed, with the Biden transition team.

The Pentagon added that a senior career civil servant, Tom Muir, is coordinating and scheduling the meetings, and office space has been set aside for the team to review classified materials.

While President Trump is yet to officially concede the election victory, the official said that the Pentagon has supported the transition, basis the terms of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the White House and the Biden-Harris transition team.

The official also said that at the moment, most of the meetings are virtual, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Biden transition team specifically asks for the person they want to talk to, and Kash plays no role in selecting individuals for the meetings.