GSA chief says decision to allow transition to begin was 'solely mine'

FILE PHOTO: U.S. General Services Administration Administrator Emily W. Murphy sworn in Washington
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the General Services Administration on Monday said the decision allowing the start of a presidential transition to Democrat Joe Biden was "solely mine" despite a tweet from U.S. President Donald Trump in which he said he recommended the move.

"I want you to hear directly from me: I was never pressured with regard to the substance or timing of my decision. The decision was solely mine," GSA Administrator Emily Murphy said in a letter.

"I was not directly or indirectly pressured by any Executive Branch official — including those who work at the White House or GSA — to delay this determination or to speed it up."|

(Reporting by Andrea Shalal; Editing by Chris Reese)