Nancy Pelosi Calls For Postmaster General Louis DeJoy To Testify Before Congress
“An accomplice in the president’s effort to cheat the election,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi describes Postmaster General Louis DeJoy. In a letter this weekend, she called for DeJoy to testify before Congress about the actions he’s taken that undermine the mission and success of the United States Postal Service.
Pelosi’s open letter, co-signed by Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, Chairwoman Carolyn B. Maloney of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform and Ranking Member Gary C. Peters of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, accuses DeJoy of working as President Donald Trump’s accomplice in efforts to cheat in the 2020 Presidential election.
The President has explicitly stated his intention to manipulate the Postal Service to deny eligible voters access to the ballot in pursuit of his own re-election. Alarmingly, the Postmaster General – a Trump mega-donor – has acted as an accomplice in the President’s campaign to cheat in the election, as he launches sweeping new operational changes that degrade delivery standards and delay the mail.
Alarmingly, Postmaster General DeJoy has acted as an accomplice in the President’s effort to cheat the election and manipulate the Postal Service to deny eligible voters access to the ballot in pursuit of his own re-election. #DontMessWithUSPS
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) August 16, 2020
Donald Trump recently explained that denying the Postal Service funding would prevent the U.S. from using mail-in voting in for this year’s elections — a move that many have called for in light of the risks of COVID-19. Back in May, Trump tweeted that mail-in voting would signify the end of the Republican party,
BREAKING: Trump confesses on air to preventing the post office from getting the money it needs to be able to deliver voting by mail. pic.twitter.com/5rJsYY0K97
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) August 13, 2020
MAIL-IN VOTING WILL LEAD TO MASSIVE FRAUD AND ABUSE. IT WILL ALSO LEAD TO THE END OF OUR GREAT REPUBLICAN PARTY. WE CAN NEVER LET THIS TRAGEDY BEFALL OUR NATION. BIG MAIL-IN VICTORY IN TEXAS COURT TODAY. CONGRATS!!!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 29, 2020
DeJoy’s actions have been called into question. CNN reported Friday that the postal service inspector general is investigating DeJoy’s actions, including eliminating overtime, slowing deliveries, and removing sorting machines.
Preventing voters from casting a ballot by mail could have an influence on the outcome of the election. A recent Monmouth poll found that about 72% of Democrats say they’d be very likely to vote by mail, compared to only 22% of Republicans.