Top Biden transition members have discussed potential legal responses and are eyeing other ways, should he win the election, to begin what could be one of the most volatile transfers of power in American history, occurring at a moment when the economy is in shambles, coronavirus cases are on the rise and emotions are raw after a divisive election.

The Biden campaign has already spent months working closely with career civil servants in a process that happens every four years. For now, some of the ordinary machinery of a presidential transition is running, though it is shadowed by Trump’s comments.

The White House has placed Chris Liddell, a deputy chief of staff, in charge of the transition, according to several officials. Trump was reluctant to sign the administration’s formal transition papers, aides said, and does not like the idea of participating in a transition, believing it is bad karma. He agreed after being told it was statutorily required but does not want publicity around the effort, the officials said…

“Trump is erratic and unpredictable. He could do anything,” said one person close to the transition process who, like others interviewed for this report, spoke on the condition of anonymity to comment on private discussions. “But so far they’ve taken this very seriously.”