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Top House Democrat Pursuing Postmaster General Louis DeJoy for Possible Perjury

Representative Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Chair of the House Subcommittee on Government Operations, is demanding that Postmaster General Louis DeJoy surrender records of any personal communications he has had with President Donald Trump, Trump’s reelection campaign, and the United States Postal Service Board of Governors “regarding the Trump campaign.”

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DeJoy testified before the Senate last Friday and then the House Oversight and Reform Committee earlier this week, however, his contradictory and cryptic testimony has only furthered suspicions among lawmakers.

DeJoy, a Trump megadonor who took over the USPS in June, has overseen controversial changes at the agency that have resulted in slower mail delivery, fewer hours for postal workers, and reduced capacity for sorting mail. These cuts endanger the agency’s ability to process the tens of millions of mail-in ballots forecast in November’s election because of the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed 180,000 Americans since March and is expected to worsen during flu season.

Thus, Democrats, and even some Republicans, suspect that DeJoy has been in cahoots with Trump to rig the election in his favor.

Below is an exchange between Connolly and DeJoy – albeit one of many with leaders on the Hill – that has raised eyebrows.

Connolly: “Did you not tell the Board of Governors, this month in August, that in fact you had had contact with the Trump campaign, to ask them to stop their attacks on the Postal Service and voting by mail?”

DeJoy: “I have put word around to different people that please—that this is not helpful to—”

Connolly: “So, you did have contact with the Trump campaign?  For a good purpose?”

DeJoy: “I’m trying to think of where—if the Trump—when you say the Trump campaign, I’ve not spoken to Trump campaign, uh, leadership in that regard. I’ve spoken to people that are friends of mine that are associated with the campaign, yes.”

None of this adds up for Connolly.

“On Monday, I pressed Mr. DeJoy on any contact he had with the Trump campaign,” Connolly wrote Wednesday on Twitter. “I finally got him to reveal the truth, but his testimony just raises more questions. We’ve got to keep pulling this thread, so I’m giving him a week to get me some answers.”

In a letter to DeJoy, the Congressman made a crystal clear list of demands. DeJoy has until September 2 to comply.

“1. All documents, including emails and texts, sent or received since June 15, 2020, whether through official or personal technology platforms, between DeJoy and any individuals associated in any way with the Trump campaign.”

“2. A list of all individuals DeJoy has communicated with in person, over the telephone, or through emails, texts, and all other forms of communications since June 15, 2020 who were associated in any way with the Trump campaign.”

“3. The dates when each of these communications occurred and a detailed description of the content of each conversation.

“4. All documents, including memoranda, emails, and meeting minutes, referring or relating to any information DeJoy provided to or received from Members or staff of the Postal Service Board of Governors regarding the Trump campaign.”

“As a threshold matter, it is concerning that you, in your capacity as postmaster general, would be communicating secretly with anyone associated with the Trump campaign,” the letter states. “You have testified repeatedly that, by statute, the Postal Service should be independent and removed from politics. Engaging in undisclosed contacts with Trump campaign officials directly undermines these goals.”

Connolly stopped a hair short of accusing DeJoy of perjury.

“In addition, you did not disclose to the Senate—or initially even to our committee—that you in fact did communicate with the Trump campaign. As you know, you were under oath on both occasions.  This omission, combined with your efforts to conceal other documents our committee has requested, raises grave concerns about the veracity of your testimony,” he said. “Finally, it appears that you chose to communicate secretly with the Trump campaign because you did not want to publicly contradict President Trump, who has relentlessly attacked the Postal Service and voting by mail.”

Connolly reminded DeJoy that “your responsibilities do not include secretly communicating with any campaign. You have a duty to stand up for the independence of the organization you lead and state clearly and publicly when the President’s actions are fundamentally undermining that mission.”

DeJoy’s “response to President Trump’s actions has betrayed the position of public trust you occupy as the nation’s 75th Postmaster General,” Connolly conluded.



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