Members of the Trump administration may soon be facing criminal charges for their actions to cripple the U.S. Postal Service in an effort to interfere with the 2020 election.
The Daily Beast reports that on Friday Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) made a criminal referral to the New Jersey Attorney General. The congressman is asking the AG of his state to “impanel a grand jury to look at possible breach of state election laws by President Trump, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and others for ‘their accelerating arson of the post office.'”
What trump and his crony are doing is criminal. Period. https://t.co/GpsyCbg85o
— Bill Pascrell, Jr. (@PascrellforNJ) August 14, 2020
Also on Friday, the inspector general for the USPS announced there would be a full investigation by that office into the policy changes and potential conflicts of interest in relation to DeJoy, who appears to have gotten his job as postmaster general simply because he donated tens of millions of dollars to President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign. DeJoy has a significant financial interest in a company, XPS Logistics, that contracts with the Postal Service.
Other states are also investigating the cutbacks and slowdowns taking place at the Postal Service. Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs has asked Attorney General Mark Brnovich to investigate whether or not crimes have been committed by members of the Trump administration, including DeJoy.
In Arizona, it’s against the law to “delay the delivery of a ballot.” I’ve asked Attorney General Brnovich to investigate recent changes at USPS, and whether or not the Trump administration has committed a crime. pic.twitter.com/fwEV86RIIT
— Secretary Katie Hobbs (@SecretaryHobbs) August 14, 2020
More troubling for DeJoy and others in the administration is the fact that if they are charged in a state such as New Jersey or Arizona, the president has no power to pardon them of crimes they may be charged with. And if it can be proven that Trump himself played an active role in the attack on the USPS, he took could be charged with criminal offenses in any state that seeks to indict him.
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