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Can Trump be evicted from the White House?
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Donald Trump is still refusing to accept Joe Biden as the winner of U.S. election - even as his allegations of fraud have been met with skepticism from judges and legal analysts.
The United States has a long history of peaceful transfers of power.
So if Trump refuses to leave the White House, the country will enter uncharted waters.
Even in previous contentious elections, there has never been an all out refusal to concede.
For example, Al Gore accepted the Supreme Courtís ruling that George Bush won in 2000 - despite questions over Floridaís results at the time.
But Trump and his administration have resisted cooperating with a transition.
So what might happen?
In August, two veterans sent an open letter General Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
In it, they raised the possibility of the military getting involved.
They said if Trump refused to leave, quote, ďthe United States military must remove him by force, and you must give that order."
Others have said such a move would be better left to the Secret Service.
Thereís a basic legal principle that the military should stay out of domestic law enforcement matters.
Biden though is likely to transition to office over Trumpís objections; the president only has so much power.
Once a federal agency - called the General Services Administration - names an apparent winner, things shift into high gear.
At that point, the president-electís team can obtain briefing books, tap into funds, and send representatives to government agencies.
The GSA hasnít yet declared Biden the winner.
But it said it will ascertain the winner when, quote, "... it is clear based on the process laid out in the Constitution."
Political scientists are optimistic about the resilience of this legal framework.
Earlier this year, the Trump administration complied with statutory requirements, providing federal office space and government resources to the Biden campaign.
Government officials take an oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution.
Experts say this oath would require recognizing Biden as the incoming president if he wins the Electoral College, regardless of what Trump says.