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Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) said on "Meet the Press" on Sunday that it is past time to "cooperate with the transition" to President-elect Joe Biden, adding that he believes President Trump still has the right to continue fighting in court over election results.

Driving the news: Trump has refused to allow the transition process to begin as he has sought to discredit the election results in swing states across the country — baselessly alleging mass voter fraud.

  • His campaign continues to file and lose lawsuits, most recently on Saturday night in Pennsylvania, where a judge dismissed a suit that sought to invalidate millions of votes.

What he's saying: "[Trump] is a reflection of millions of people that want to see him fight this to the end. Now, there has to be an end," Cramer told host Chuck Todd. "I frankly do think it's past time to ... at least cooperate with the transition. I'd rather have a president that has more than one day to prepare should Joe Biden end up winning this, but in the meantime, again, he's just exercising his legal options."

  • "It should happen tomorrow morning because it didn't happen last Monday morning," Cramer said of the GSA administrator giving the go-ahead for the transition. "Give the incoming administration all the time they need."

There has been a chorus of Republicans who, while not acknowledging Biden as the president-elect, believe that Biden should receive intelligence briefings.

Sen. Pat Toomey, who is retiring, said on Saturday that Trump has "exhausted all plausible legal options" and should concede.

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The week the Trump show ended

Data: NewsWhip; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Donald Trump was eclipsed in media attention last week by President Biden for the first time since Trump took office, according to viewership data on the internet, on social media and on cable news.

Why it matters: After Trump crowded out nearly every other news figure and topic for five years, momentum of the new administration took hold last week and the former president retreated, partly by choice and partly by being forced off the big platforms.

DOJ watchdog to probe whether officials sought to alter election results

Donald and Melania Trump exit Air Force One in West Palm Beach, Fla., on Jan. 20. Photo: Alex Edelman/AFP via Getty Images

The Justice Department's inspector general will investigate whether any current or former DOJ officials "engaged in an improper attempt to have DOJ seek to alter the outcome" of the 2020 election, the agency announced Monday.

Driving the news: The investigation comes in the wake of a New York Times report that alleged Jeffrey Clark, the head of DOJ's civil division, had plotted with President Trump to oust acting Attorney General Jeffery Rosen in a scheme to overturn the election results in Georgia.

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Biden huddles with European allies on Ukraine ahead of Putin call

Putin in the Kremlin. Photo: Grigory Sysoyev/Sputnik via Getty

President Biden will seek to convince Russia's Vladimir Putin in a phone call Tuesday that the price of invading Ukraine would be steeper than anything he's faced in the past.

Driving the news: Biden held a call on Ukraine this evening with the leaders of France, Germany, Italy and the U.K., while Secretary of State Tony Blinken called Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to offer America's "unwavering support."