DeJoy Responds to House Subpoena, Will Testify August 24th
As the national furor over what Donald Trump is trying to do to the Post Office rages on, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sent a letter under threat of subpoena to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, a businessman with a financial stake in the United Parcel Service. DeJoy, a top donor to Trump’s Presidential campaign, has responded that he will appear before the House to testify on Monday, August 24th.
The House and Senate had left Washington, DC, for a scheduled late summer recess with a planned return on September 8th, but public outcry, as well as demands from other Democrats, led to Pelosi’s decision to subpoena DeJoy.
Outrage regarding Trump’s openly deliberate and baseless attacks on the mail service has only increased with less than three months to go before the Presidential Election. And despite what he and his campaign are telling their supporters, Trump and his wife have both already applied to receive their own mail-in ballots, and are emailing their base to encourage them to do the same.
The Postal Service is as old as our country itself, with provisions being made for a national mail service in the Constitution. Viral campaigns began almost immediately, with #SaveTheUSPS and #SaveThePostOffice trending every day on Twitter for the last few weeks. The Oversight and Reform Committee will preside over DeJoy’s questioning. House Oversight Chair Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) has also requested the testimony of Mike Duncan, chairman of the Postal Service’s Board of Governors and a former chairman of the Republican National Committee. Duncan has also agreed to testify, according to a person familiar with the matter.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.