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Fact checking McEnany's first White House press briefing since Trump's election loss

November 20, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

In her first press briefing since October 1, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany repeated several old falsehoods around voting, the coronavirus and special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference.

McEnany also made the flatly incorrect claim that there was not an orderly transfer of power from Barack Obama's administration to then President-elect Donald Trump's incoming administration.

McEnany claimed that Trump "was never given an orderly transition of power. "

Unlike the current administration, where the General Services Administration is blocking Biden's transition team from access to government tools and resources -- the Obama administration never denied Trump's victory and transitioned power to the incoming administration.

To make her point, McEnany tried to argue the FBI's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election -- a probe that later morphed into the Mueller investigation -- constituted a lack of an "orderly transition. " But the investigation did not stall or block the Trump transition team.

Facts First: Election experts have told CNN time and time again that mail-in ballots are a safe form of voting and not subject to widespread fraud.

There have been no reports from state election officials of either party of widespread voter fraud from mail-in ballots.

On November 17, Trump fired Chris Krebs, the director of the CISA, who continually debunked claims of widespread voter fraud following the election.

In his tweet announcing Krebs' removal, Trump falsely claimed Krebs made "highly inaccurate" claims about the security of the 2020 election.

McEnany claimed the investigation led by Mueller "exonerated President Trump. "

Mueller did not exonerate Trump.

In fact, Mueller's final report explains that there was strong evidence that Trump obstructed justice, on several occasions.

But Mueller decided not to make a decision on whether to charge Trump, for many reasons, including Department of Justice policy that a president "cannot be charged with a federal crime while he is in office.

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