Get the facts on President-elect Biden's claim about administration stonewalling jeopardizing lives

Could the delayed presidential transitional really be putting lives at risk as President-elect Joe Biden claims? Get the facts with our national investigative unit.


The Trump administration is still refusing to cooperate with the presidential transition.

As the days tick down to Inauguration Day, could these delays across the government put America's safety at risk?

President-elect Joe Biden says there's "no excuse not to share the data and let us begin to plan."

He's escalating his language, calling the Trump administration's stonewalling on the transition a threat to the country and the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

"It's going to put us behind the eight ball by a matter of a month or more," Biden said. "And that's lives. How many will be lost as a consequence of that? I can't tell you."

There's evidence Biden is right.

The 9-11 Commission did find grave impacts to national security the last time a presidential transition was delayed by weeks.

In "The 9-11 Commission Report," a nationwide bestseller when it came out in 2004, the bipartisan commission found the 36-day delay until George W. Bush was declared the winner "hampered the new administration in identifying, recruiting, clearing and obtaining Senate confirmation of key appointees."

It found future transitions should minimize "as much as possible the disruption of national security policymaking during the change of administrations by accelerating the process for national security appointments."

"I just think it's totally irresponsible," Biden said.

Evaluating senator's claim on the vaccine

Sen. Rand Paul made an eye-opening claim about the forthcoming COVID-19 vaccine.

On Tuesday, the Republican from Kentucky wrote, "naturally acquired COVID-19" immunity is more effect than either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines pending Food and Drug Administration approval.

But our partners at say that is misleading and too soon to know.

Their finding: "it's not known how immunity from the two sources compares — and the entire point of a vaccine is to offer immunity without the risk of getting sick."

Virologist Angela Rasmussen told, "It's just really ridiculous to try to use the way that efficacy is calculated in clinical trials for vaccines and apply that to epi[demiologic] data across the entire population."