During a U.S. Agency for International Development meeting on Monday, acting administrator John Barsa announced a new USAID White House liaison, according to CNBC.
The news outlet noted that the agency appeared to be “plowing ahead with Trump administration developments, almost as if Trump had won” the November election.
Barsa told members of his team that the transition of power has not yet begun, despite Joe Biden winning the election, and that no forward motion would occur until the General Services Administration initiates the process.
Emily Murphy, the administrator for the GSA, must sign a letter affirming the election results in order for Biden’s transition to receive the legally mandated millions of dollars in federal funding. She has yet to sign the letter while Trump attempts to contend election results in key states.
As for new USAID White House liaison Catharine O’Neill, CNBC noted that “She reportedly is the daughter of George O’Neill Jr. a Rockefeller heir and conservative writer.”
George O’Neill Jr. is a Russia supporter who was close to Alex Torshin and Maria Butina, according to journalist Wendy Siegelman. Butina pleaded guilty in December 2018 “to one count of conspiracy to act as a Russian agent in the U.S. without registering with the Justice Department,” NPR reported.
Siegelman reported in 2018 that “’US Person 2′ in the case of alleged Russian agent Maria Butina is George O’Neill, Jr. – new research reveals that his daughter interned for Dana Rohrabacher, helped promote an anti-Magnitsky event, and was part of Trump’s transition team.”
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