House Oversight to investigate postmaster general over accusations of pressuring employees for political donations

The House Oversight Committee will begin an investigation into allegations that Postmaster General Louis DeJoy pressured his employees to make political contributions and then reimbursed those individuals, which is illegal.



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Rep. Carolyn Maloney, the chairwoman of the committee, announced the investigation late Monday evening, according to the Washington Post. She called for DeJoy’s immediate suspension and claimed that he may have lied under oath last month when he testified in front of the committee.

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Maloney claimed that DeJoy, a Republican megadonor who assumed his position as postmaster general in June, faced “criminal exposure” if the allegations are true and “for lying to our committee under oath.”

The announcement of the committee’s investigation came a day after the allegations surfaced. According to a report from the Washington Post, DeJoy, during his time running his former business, New Breed Logistics, and his aides would urge subordinates to donate to political causes, and then provide them with inflated work bonuses as compensation.

Monty Hagler, a spokesman for DeJoy, said DeJoy believes he hasn’t violated any laws, but he didn’t address the claims that employees were reimbursed for their contributions. Hagler noted that DeJoy was unaware of “any pressure they might have felt to make a political contribution, and he regrets if any employee felt uncomfortable for any reason.”

The act of urging employees to donate is not a crime, but reimbursing them would be in North Carolina and it would also violate federal election laws. There’s no statute of limitation for felony offenses in North Carolina, but the relevant federal statutes have a five-year statute of limitations.

During the 14-year period from 2000-2014, more than a hundred New Breed Logistics employees donated more than $1 million to federal and local GOP candidates, while fewer than a dozen gave a combined $700 to Democratic candidates.

DeJoy’s testimony last month focused on how the U.S. Postal Service is preparing to handle the November election, which will likely be more reliant on the postal service for absentee and mail-in voting than they have been in previous elections as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Shortly after DeJoy’s testimony, Maloney issued a subpoena for information about the removal of mail sorting machines, mailboxes and other “policies and practices” that may be slowing mail delivery.

Since he took over as the postmaster general, DeJoy has implemented an array of changes such as the decision to prohibit overtime and curtailing late trips for mail carriers that ensure on-time delivery.

Democrats have accused President Trump and DeJoy of working to undermine the postal service and of hampering their ability to handle the election, while the president’s administration has argued that mail-in voting is susceptible to fraud and shouldn’t be done.

Trump told reporters on Monday that DeJoy is a “very honest guy,” but indicated that he supports removing his postmaster general if it “can be proven that he did something wrong.”

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House Democrats to investigate accusations DeJoy reimbursed former employees for GOP contributions

House Democrats have launched a probe into allegations Postmaster General Louis DeJoy pressured employees of his former company to make campaign contributions he later reimbursed.



Carolyn Maloney looking at a screen: House Democrats to investigate accusations DeJoy reimbursed former employees for GOP contributions


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House Democrats to investigate accusations DeJoy reimbursed former employees for GOP contributions

Oversight Committee Chair Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) said in a statement the panel will investigate whether DeJoy lied under oath. She also called on the U.S. Postal Service’s Board of Governors to suspend DeJoy, saying “they never should have hired [him] in the first place.”

The Washington Post reported Sunday that as CEO of North Carolina-based New Breed Logistics, DeJoy and aides pressured employees to contribute to GOP candidates and compensated them in the form of bonuses. Such an arrangement would be illegal under federal and state law, it added, noting that the federal law has a five-year statute of limitations but there is no statute of limitations at the state level.

If the allegations are true, Maloney said, DeJoy would face “criminal exposure,” both for the payments and “for lying to our committee.”

DeJoy denied reimbursing employees for contributions to Trump’s campaign in testimony before the committee last month.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has also called for an investigation by the North Carolina attorney general.

“These are very serious allegations that must be investigated immediately, independent of Donald Trump’s Justice Department,” Schumer said in a statement on Sunday.

The Post, which first reported the House Oversight investigation, analyzed federal and state campaign finance records and found 124 employees donated over $1 million to GOP candidates between 2000 and 2014.

“Mr. DeJoy was never notified by the New Breed employees referenced by the Washington Post of any pressure they might have felt to make a political contribution, and he regrets if any employee felt uncomfortable for any reason,” Monty Hagler, a spokesman for DeJoy, told the newspaper .

President Trump said on Monday that he was not familiar with the allegations against DeJoy but said he should lose his job “if something can be proven that he did something wrong.”

–This report was updated at 8:58 a.m.

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