USPS Must Turn Over Documents About DeJoy’s Potential ‘Conflicts of Interest’
A leading government ethics watchdog group announced Wednesday that a federal judge has ordered the United States Postal Service to hand over documents concerning potential conflicts of interest involving embattled Postmaster General Louis DeJoy.
U.S. District Judge John D. Bates on Tuesday granted Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) a full summary judgment and ordered the United States Postal Service (USPS) to give the advocacy group seven documents it requested under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
USPS claimed the documents were FOIA-exempt. According to Law & Crime, “Four of the documents concerned a request for a certificate of divestiture from DeJoy, and the remaining three concern his recusal from matters where he may have a conflict of interest.”
Last Friday, a Washington Post report that DeJoy had purchased hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of publicly traded bonds from Brookfield Asset Management—where USPS Board of Governors Chair Ron Bloom is a managing partner—fueled further calls for DeJoy’s termination, with Connolly calling Bloom and the postmaster general “bandits” whose “conflicts of interest do nothing but harm the Postal Service and the American people.” Earlier this month, Common Dreams reported on growing calls to fire DeJoy following the revelation by The Washington Post that USPS will pay XPO Logistics $120 million over the next five years. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) responded to the Post report by calling DeJoy a “walking conflict of interest.”
BREAKING: We won our lawsuit against USPS! A judge just ruled they have to turn over documents about Louis DeJoy's potential conflicts of interest. https://t.co/FHQTGhXot9
— Citizens for Ethics (@CREWcrew) August 18, 2021
DeJoy and six of the nine USPS governors, including Bloom, were appointed by Trump; the rest are Biden appointees. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) on Monday sent President Joe Biden a letter urging him to sack everyone former President Donald Trump appointed to the USPS board. Pascrell welcomed the Tuesday court order and reiterated his call for Biden to fire Trump appointees and “show DeJoy the door now before it’s too late.”
DeJoy has destroyed our equipment! He is still makes a million a month from his old firm who he just gave a $120 M contract to! He is slowing down mail again before next election and he has plan to destroy USPS for private! @potus can fire for cause- fire board members @CREWcrew
— Julie Lily (@JulieAnnLily) August 13, 2021