Ayyyeee… What’s Goodie Everyone. So I got some tea and it involves the House of Representatives and Postmaster Louis DeJoy.
Democrats on the House of Representatives are conducting an investigation of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and called for his suspension following accusations that he reimbursed employees for campaign contributions they made to his preferred GOP politicians.
Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-N.Y.) said in a statement that the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, which she chairs, would begin an investigation, saying that DeJoy may have lied to her committee under oath.
Maloney urged the Board of Governors of the U.S. Postal Service to immediately suspend DeJoy, whom “they never should have hired in the first place.”
The Washington Post reported allegations that DeJoy and his aides urged employees at his former North Carolina based logistics company to write checks and attend fundraisers on behalf of Republican candidates.
According to two employees who work for DeJoy they told The Post that he then defrayed the cost of those political contributions by boosting employee bonuses.
Reimbursing employees for those contributions in a workplace is a violation of North Carolina and federal election laws.
Such federal violations carry a five year statute of limitations. There is no statute of limitations in North Carolina for felonies, including campaign finance violations.
The former employees who spoke to The Washington Post describe donations they gave between 2003 and 2014, before Trump’s first White House run. By 2016, DeJoy had sold the company and retired.
The findings that the Washington Post conducted, prompted calls for an independent investigation from Democrats, including the Democratic Attorneys General Association and Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D.CA.). Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D.N.Y.) urged the North Carolina attorney general to launch a criminal investigation.
The accounts of the former employees come after what it has been a rocky tenure so far for DeJoy at the helm of the U.S. Postal Service. After his appointment in May, he swiftly instituted changes he said were aimed at cutting costs, leading to a reduction of overtime and limits on mail trips that postal carriers said created backlogs across the country.
Democrats have accused DeJoy, whom by the way has personally given more than $1.1 million to Trump Victory, the joint fundraising vehicle of the president’s reelection campaign and the Republican Party, of seeking to hobble the Postal Service because of the president’s antipathy to voting by mail. As states have expanded access to mail voting because of the coronavirus pandemic, Trump has repeatedly attacked the practice and claimed without evidence that it will lead to rampant fraud.
The latest accusations have only added to the turbulence surrounding the Postal Service.