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The U.S. House Oversight and Reform Committee is launching an investigation into Postmaster General Louis DeJoy. The announcement follows a report stating that DeJoy pressured employees at New Breed Logistics to make campaign donations to Republican candidates that were then reimbursed through raises. Monty Hagler, a spokesman for DeJoy, said he was not aware that any employees felt pressured to make donations, but did not address whether employees were reimbursed.
House Oversight Committee chairwoman Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., said Monday that DeJoy may face “criminal exposure” for the campaign finance charges and “also for lying to our committee under oath.” She stated that the U.S. Postal Service’s Board of Governors should immediately suspend DeJoy. North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein suggested he may also open an investigation into campaign finance violations, which took place in the state.
When asked at a news conference whether he would support an investigation into DeJoy, President Donald Trump said “sure, sure.” He said DeJoy should lose his job if campaign finance irregularities are uncovered, while describing him as a “very honest guy.”
White House chief of staff Mark Meadows argued that the investigation is politically motivated, but stated that DeJoy will cooperate nonetheless. “The political rhetoric gets heated and accusations get thrown away, and then many times right after the presidential election, voilà, they go away,” he added.
House Democrats Open Campaign Finance Investigation into Postmaster General Louis DeJoy – National Review – 9/8/2020
President Trump, when asked whether he was open to an investigation into DeJoy during a news conference on Monday said, “Sure, sure, let the investigations go.” He also said DeJoy should lose his job “if something can be proven that he did something wrong.”
Dem Oversight Chair Announces Investigation Into DeJoy’s Alleged Straw Donor Scheme – Talking Points Memo – 9/8/2020
The chair’s comment about DeJoy potentially lying under oath refers to the postmaster general’s testimony last month in which he denied rewarding employees for donating to President Donald Trump’s campaign. “That’s an outrageous claim, sir, and I resent it,” DeJoy told Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN), who had pressed him on the issue. “The answer is no… I’m fully aware of legal campaign contributions, and I resent the assertion, sir.”
House Oversight Committee Launches An Investigation Into Postmaster General Louis DeJoy For Campaign Finance Fraud – The Daily Caller – 9/8/2020
“These are very serious allegations that must be investigated immediately, independent of Donald Trump’s Justice Department,” said Democratic New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, per the same report. “The North Carolina attorney general, an elected official who is independent of Donald Trump, is the right person to start this investigation.”
House to Investigate DeJoy for Perjury Over Illegal GOP Fundraising Scheme – Truthout – 9/8/2020
Allegations into DeJoy’s conduct were first reported by The Washington Post, which revealed on Sunday that between 2003 and 2014, DeJoy may have reimbursed his employees for political contributions they made to GOP candidates by paying them back in the form of bonuses. It is illegal to make such payment arrangements under both federal and North Carolina state law, where the alleged reimbursements took place. The accusations were made by David Young, who served as DeJoy’s human resources director at the time the supposed transactions took place.