Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and other Republicans who were desperate to see Donald Trump reelected eagerly latched onto the tale told by a Pennsylvania postal worker who claimed that mail-in ballots were tampered with and helped swing the 2020 presidential election results in Joe Biden’s favor. Graham requested a federal investigation and then-Attorney General William Barr was only too happy to oblige.
The United States Postal Service inspector general has determined that it never happened. Richard Hopkins, a mail carrier in Erie, Pa., in November publicly released a sworn affidavit in which he alleged that he had overheard the postmaster in that northern Pennsylvania town discussing plans to backdate ballots received after the Nov. 3 election and then submit them to state election officials as legitimate.
Not long after issuing that statement, Hopkins recanted. He ultimately told federal agents that he never really did hear any conversation about ballots being backdated but “rather he saw the Postmaster and Supervisor having a discussion and assumed it was about fraudulent ballot backdating,” according to the report.
The postmaster in Erie, Rob Weisenbach, called the allegations “100 percent false” in a Facebook post shortly after Hopkins made them in November and said that they were made “by an employee that was recently disciplined multiple times.”
A person who spoke confidentially to the Washington Post said Hopkins has been suspended without pay since Nov. 10. He also was sent a disciplinary letter for a USPS supervisor that states his “actions may have placed employees and yourself as well as the reputation of the U.S. Postal Service in harm’s way.”