Tom Williams | Reuters
President Donald Trump says he is open to an investigation by Postmaster General Luis Dejoy, according to published reports that a prominent donor to Trump and other Republicans, the former deJoy, said he was pressured to make campaign contributions for GOP candidates be felt.
The president also said on Monday that DeJoy should lose his job if campaign finance irregularities are described as a “very honest man”.
Trump gave a “sure, definitive” answer at a news conference when asked if he would support DeJoy’s investigation. DeJoy is already facing an investigation unrelated to Congress for changes to the US Postal Service that some fear will slow the delivery of mail-in ballots for the Nov. 3 election.
Asked whether Dejoy had to lose his job if a campaign finance plan was exposed, Trump responded: “Yes, if anything can prove that they did something wrong, always.”
The Washington Post reported online Sunday that several former employees of New Breed Logistics, Dejoy’s former business, said that Dejoy or his colleagues urged him to make political contributions. Others told the newspaper that Dejoy would later pay a large bonus for reimbursement for contributions.
Such a system would be illegal.
Dejoy spokesman Monty Hagler told the Post that Dejoy was unaware that any worker felt pressured to donate. Hagler also stated that Dejoy believes that he has always complied with campaign fundraising laws and regulations.
DeJoy was placed in charge of the postal service in June after a career in logistics and a series of policy changes in pace that have led to delays in mail and to the process of flooding mail-in ballots. Concern has been raised over the agency’s competence. Coronavirus fear.
The House Oversight Committee recently presented Day Joy for records about widespread mail delivery delays that brought the Postal Service into political headlines.
He has appeared before Congress twice in recent weeks, testifying to changes in some of which he has asked to hold until after the elections.