According to reports from Wapo and CNN, the Trump admin blocked and delayed Biden’s transition team from meeting with intel agencies controlled by the Pentagon.
Per Reuters “The president-elect’s team had asked to meet with senior officials at military intelligence agencies within the Defense Department (DoD), which include the National Security Agency and the Defense Intelligence Agency, but were not allowed to do so, the Washington Post reported.”
The report adds “the meetings were requested this week, and appeared to have been turned down, or delayed – although officials have since denied that was the case.”
CNN reported “The slowdown means the Biden team has not yet been able to meet with officials from the military intelligence agencies within the Defense Department — including the Defense Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency — even as all other meetings by Biden review teams appear to be happening smoothly now after weeks of delay.”
Sue Gough, a spokeswoman for the Defense Department pushed back against the notion the Trump admin was obstructing access.
She said the Biden team “has not been denied any access,” and that the requested meetings will occur at some point next week.
Gough added “We continue to work with the DOD ART to schedule all requested interviews, briefings and updates.”
Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller further added in a statement that the department was “fully cooperating with the Biden transition team, placing national security and the protection of the American people at the forefront of any and all discussions.”