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Bellinger Quoted in National Media on Security Risks of a Delayed Presidential Transition

November 18, 2020

Arnold & Porter partner John B. Bellinger, III, who co-heads the firm's Global Law and Public Policy practice, was featured in several recent national media outlets discussing the 2020 presidential election results.

Bellinger was quoted in The Washington Post describing how the Trump Administration's refusal to concede undercuts the smooth transition of government and leaves the country vulnerable to security threats. His comments were referenced in a related Vanity Fair article focused on the Trump campaign's allegations of voter fraud.

Bellinger was also featured on CNN discussing his experience in the transition between the Bush and Obama Administrations, highlighting both parties' recognition of the potential threats to national security during the handover process. In a similar piece from The New York Times, he notes that delayed background checks make it difficult to hold senior-level meetings, limiting a new administration's ability to make policy decisions.

Bellinger joined the firm after holding several senior Presidential appointments in the US government, including as the Senate-confirmed Legal Adviser to the Department of State and Senior Associate Counsel to the President and Legal Adviser to the National Security Council (NSC) at the White House in the George W. Bush Administration.

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