Donald Trump’s spokeswoman has said that the legal battle to contest Joe Biden’s White House election victory is only just beginning.
“This election is not over,” White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told a news conference. “Far from it.”
She went on a barrage of allegations on election corruption, although no evidence of systemic fraud that might have altered the result has surface.
Mr Trump, a Republican, has refused to concede the race.
Since media projected on Saturday that Mr Biden had won the critical state of Pennsylvania, accumulating enough votes to claim the White House, the president-elect has forged ahead with his plans to take reins of the power.
Mr Trump went on Twitter again on Monday to dispute the outcome, making unsubstantiated claims of “unthinkable and illegal” activity in the vote.
The General Services Administration, which manages federal agencies, has stalled the process of Biden aides to formally begin the transition, saying no “ascertainment” on an election winner had yet been made.
CBS News, says the Biden team is considering its legal options if the Trump administration continues to hold off the handover.
White House reporters have been saying that despite his objections, Mr Trump is expected to exit the Oval office begrudgingly in January and is already talking about running for the White House again in 2024.
At Monday’s news conference, the president’s spokeswoman and a Republican bigwig cited allegations of electoral corruption, while urging reporters to help investigate the unverified claims.
Fox News, formerly the president’s favourite news channel, cut away from the event, citing the lack of evidence.
“Whoa, whoa, whoa,” said presenter Neil Cavuto. “Unless she [Ms McEnany] has more details to back that up, I can’t in good countenance continue to show you this.”
Ms McEnany told reporters: “We have only begun the process of obtaining an accurate, honest vote count.”
Ms McEnany also claimed election officials in that key state had allowed a disproportionate number of Democrats to correct, or “cure”, inaccurately filled-out ballots.
According to the Inquirer, some Pennsylvania counties allowed voters to amend such mistakes, while others did not.
Republican National Committee (RNC) chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said they had collected 131 affidavits, or signed legal statements under oath, in Michigan as part of their investigation into alleged election irregularities.
“If the shoe were on the other foot,” she said, “if it were this close the other way, if President Trump was in the lead in all these states, and the media would be screaming, ‘This isn’t over’.”