What Happens If President Trump Won't Accept Election Loss? : Consider This from NPR We know President Trump lost the election. What we don't know is what will happen between now and Inauguration Day if he refuses to accept the results.

In the short term, the Biden transition team cannot access certain government funds, use office space or receive classified intelligence briefings without official recognition of Biden's victory from a government agency called the General Services Administration. NPR's Brian Naylor has reported on the delay.

At the Department of Justice, the top prosecutor in charge of election crimes, Richard Pilger, resigned from his position this week. A former DOJ colleague of Pilger's, Justin Levitt, tells NPR that the department is enabling the president's baseless claims of widespread election fraud.

And Washington Post columnist David Ignatius explains what might be happening at the Department of Defense, where Trump's election denialism has coincided with a number of high-level firings and a debate over the release of classified information.

In participating regions, you'll also hear a local news segment that will help you make sense of what's going on in your community.

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The Consequences Of Election Denialism

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The Consequences Of Election Denialism

The Consequences Of Election Denialism

The Consequences Of Election Denialism

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a briefing on Tuesday at the State Department in Washington, D.C. Jacquelyn Martin/Pool/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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We know President Trump lost the election. What we don't know is what will happen between now and Inauguration Day if he refuses to accept the results.

In the short term, the Biden transition team cannot access certain government funds, use office space or receive classified intelligence briefings without official recognition of Biden's victory from a government agency called the General Services Administration. NPR's Brian Naylor has reported on the delay.

At the Department of Justice, the top prosecutor in charge of election crimes, Richard Pilger, resigned from his position this week. A former DOJ colleague of Pilger's, Justin Levitt, tells NPR that the department is enabling the president's baseless claims of widespread election fraud.

And Washington Post columnist David Ignatius explains what might be happening at the Department of Defense, where Trump's election denialism has coincided with a number of high-level firings and a debate over the release of classified information.

In participating regions, you'll also hear a local news segment that will help you make sense of what's going on in your community.

Email us at considerthis@npr.org.

This episode was produced by Brianna Scott, Lee Hale and Brent Baughman. It was edited by Sami Yenigun with help from Wynne Davis and Arnie Seipel. Additional reporting from Brian Naylor. Our executive producer is Cara Tallo.