House Dems Investigating Postmaster General Over Campaign Finance Allegations


The House Oversight Committee launched an investigation of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and called for his suspension after revelations that he ran a major GOP donor racket at his former business.

In the Post report published Sunday, multiple former employees of DeJoy's former company, New Breed Logistics, said they were asked to give money to Republican candidates between 2003 and 2014.

The move follows accusations by former workers at DeJoy's company that he reimbursed employees with large bonuses for campaign contributions to his preferred Republican politicians, an arrangement that would violate federal campaign finance law.

House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney, in a statement, said if the allegations are true, DeJoy faced "criminal exposure" for both violating the campaign finance law and for lying to Congress in a denial during a recent hearing. His tenure has been marked by controversy, including accusations of potential conflicts of interest and for implementing cost-cutting measures - some of which were suspended ahead of the 2020 election - which critics anxious could cause mail delays in an election that will likely rely heavily on mail-in ballots due to the coronavirus pandemic.

But Rep. Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.) also had something else on his mind.

Maloney was referring to DeJoy's testimony to the House Oversight panel last month, when he forcefully denied that he had repaid executives for contributions they had made to President Trump's campaign.

Mr. Trump said he would support DeJoy's removal if it's proven that he engaged in illegal behavior. "The answer is no".

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DeJoy has a long history with the Republican Party, and he has been accused by Democrats of making mass mail-in voting more hard and worsening conditions at the US Post Office in an attempt to help President Donald Trump.

Monty Hagler, a spokesman for DeJoy in his private capacity, provided Fox News with a statement Tuesday that DeJoy consistently encouraged employees and family members to be active in their communities and provided them with various volunteer opportunities to get involved in activities. "Mr. DeJoy believes that all campaign fundraising laws and regulations should be complied with in all respects".

President Donald Trump also expressed openness Monday to investigating DeJoy, and even suggested he would be willing to oust his embattled appointee from the administration.

"These are very serious allegations that must be investigated immediately, independent of Donald Trump's Justice Department", Schumer said. "I think he's a very honest guy, but we'll see", Trump told reporters.

"Yeah if something can be proven that he did something wrong, always", the president said.

State officials who spoke with DeJoy said he'd vowed to them that the Postal Service would handle ballots this year "like gold".

Speaking on behalf of the Democratic Association of Attorneys General (DAGA), co-chairs Maura Healey of MA and Ellen Rosenblum of OR said that with the election fast approaching - and DeJoy's role as postmaster general so pivotal in terms of securing the integrity of the vote - the best option would be for DeJoy to step down while a thorough investigation is conducted.