On Friday evening, Respresentative Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) asked his state’s attorney general to empanel a grand jury to investigate whether Trump and Postmaster General Louis DeJoy broke the law in their efforts curtail mail-in voting.
“Tonight I’ve made a criminal referral to the New Jersey Attorney General asking him to empanel a grand jury to look at subversion of NJ election laws by donald trump, louis dejoy, and other trump officials in their accelerating arson of the post office,” Pascrell tweeted.
Tonight I’ve made a criminal referral to the New Jersey Attorney General asking him to empanel a grand jury to look at subversion of NJ election laws by donald trump, louis dejoy, and other trump officials in their accelerating arson of the post office. pic.twitter.com/mxqbV8EmVn
— Bill Pascrell, Jr. (@BillPascrell) August 14, 2020
What trump and his crony are doing is criminal. Period. https://t.co/GpsyCbg85o
— Bill Pascrell, Jr. (@PascrellforNJ) August 14, 2020
In the complaint, Pascrell referenced Trump’s August 13 interview with Maria Bartiromo in which the president boasts about interfering with voting-by-mail in order to boost his own reelection odds.
“Trump’s open admission confirms recent reporting of widespread delays to Americans’ mail and package delivery and the deliberate sabotage of USPS functions and operations at the behest of administration orders,” Pascrell wrote to New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Gerwal.
“[A]ll of us must do whatever we can right now to protect the integrity of our elections,” the complaint reads. “I implore you to open an immediate investigation into whether the Trump administration’s attacks on the U.S. Postal Service violate New Jersey state laws against electoral subversion, and if so, pursue criminal and civil charges against President Trump, Louis DeJoy and any other high-ranking officials involved.”
Meanwhile, in Arizona, a separate filing by Secretary of State Katie Hobbs asks state Attorney General Mark Brnovich to probe if “Trump and others at his direction… conspired to violate” Arizona election laws.
“In Arizona, it’s against the law to “delay the delivery of a ballot,’” Hobbs tweeted. ” unuI’ve asked Attorney General Brnovich to investigate recent changes at USPS, and whether or not the Trump administration has committed a crime.”
In Arizona, it’s against the law to “delay the delivery of a ballot.” I’ve asked Attorney General Brnovich to investigate recent changes at USPS, and whether or not the Trump administration has committed a crime. pic.twitter.com/fwEV86RIIT
— Secretary Katie Hobbs (@SecretaryHobbs) August 14, 2020
In question were recent policy changes at USPS implemented by DeJoy, including:
-preventing couriers from making as many trips as they needed to ensure all mail gets delivered
-the removal of mail sorting machines.
Like Pascrell, Hobbs pointed to Trump’s interview on Fox, in which Trump brags about blocking emergency funding for the USPS, in her complaint.
“They need that money in order to make the Post Office work so it can take all of these millions and millions of ballots,” the president said. “But if they don’t get those two items that means you can’t have universal mail-in voting, because they’re not equipped to have it.”
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