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President-elect Joe Biden's legal adviser Bob Bauer called President Trump's efforts to get Republican lawmakers to intervene in the Electoral College "an abuse of office," "appalling" and "pathetic" — and said there is "no chance" it will work.

Driving the news: Bauer spoke with reporters ahead of Trump's expected meeting today at the White House with GOP leaders in the Michigan Legislature and Georgia's expected certification of Biden's win in that state.

  • “No state legislature in our country's history ever has done what Donald Trump is apparently agitating for the Michigan State Legislature to do, which is to ignore the results of a popular vote election and wrest control from the voters," Bauer said.
  • "It’s an open attempt to try and intimidate election officials... it will also be unsuccessful."

What's next: Bauer said that "the harm is real" to the democratic system but that the Trump campaign's mounting court losses, and signals from key officials around the country, offer assurances that some basic checks are still working.

  • “While the president and his allies are ripping at the fabric of democracy any way they can, the fabric is not tearing," Bauer said. "It is holding firm.”

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The top Republicans who have acknowledged Biden as president-elect

Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Some elected Republicans are breaking ranks with President Trump to acknowledge that President-elect Biden won the 2020 presidential election.

Why it matters: The relative sparsity of acknowledgements highlights Trump's lasting power in the GOP, as his campaign moves to file multiple lawsuits alleging voter fraud in key swing states — despite the fact that there have been no credible allegations of any widespread fraud anywhere in the U.S.

Murkowski: "It is time to begin the full and formal transition process"

Murkowski leaves the Senate Republicans lunch in September. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) tweeted Sunday, "It is time to begin the full and formal transition process." She called Trump's attempts to overturn President-elect Biden's win "inconsistent with our democratic process."

Why it matters: Only a handful of congressional Republicans have acknowledged Biden as president-elect as Trump and his campaign continue unsuccessful legal challenges in key swing states.

Scoop: Blackstone CEO Stephen Schwarzman says Trump lost

Trump with Schwarzman in 2017. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

It's over. That's what Blackstone chairman, CEO and co-founder Steve Schwarzman — one of President Trump's most loyal allies — and other top Republicans are signaling to the defeated president, 16 days after Joe Biden clinched the win.

Why it matters: It’s all theatrics now. Even if Trump doesn't move on fast, you can. It is safe to ignore the fearful Republicans who insist the process is legit and plausible, because they tell us privately it is not.