The FBI is investigating campaign contributions tied to Postmaster General Louis Dejoy’s former business.
Campaign contributions made by DeJoy’s employees when he was in the private sector are being investigated, but he never knowingly violated campaign contribution laws, says Mark Corallo, DeJoy’s spokesman. The Washington Post, which first reported on the matter, says investigators asked DeJoy’s current and former employees about political and company activities. The House Oversight Committee is investigating whether DeJoy pressured his employees into giving political donations to Republicans.
This investigation began after the Washington Post reported that DeJoy reimbursed his employees with bonuses and urged them to make contributions. House Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), who is the chair of the committee, says DeJoy may have lied to Congress when he denied the allegations during a testimony in August. “That’s an outrageous claim, sir, and I resent it,” DeJoy told Representative Jim Cooper (D-TN) who asked him if he paid employees of his old company for donations to former President Donald Trump’s campaign.
Mark Corallo echoed that DeJoy previously answered questions from Congress about political contributions. “The same is true of the Postal Service Inspector General’s inquiry, which after a thorough investigation gave Mr. DeJoy a clean bill of health on his disclosure and divestment issues. He expects nothing less in this latest matter, and he intends to work with DOJ toward swiftly resolving it,” Corallo said.
In September, the Campaign Legal Center filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission alleging that DeJoy’s employees and family members gave more than $150,000 to the same candidates between 2015 and 2018. More than $50,000 of the sum went towards Trump Victory, Donald Trump’s fundraising committee. “These are serious violations, and we are pleased that CLC’s research and complaint triggered the Department of Justice to investigate,” Brendan Fischer, the center’s director of federal reform, said in a statement. “We need a stronger FEC to enforce campaign finance laws and hold political candidates and their donors accountable.”
A few months before the last presidential election, the U.S. Postal Service warned election officials that some ballots may not be delivered in time to be counted. This raised suspicions among advocacy groups that the warnings were politically motivated. Around this time, Democrats urged the FBI to investigate whether DeJoy intended to affect the results of the election by sabotaging mail-in voting. “It is not unreasonable to conclude that Postmaster General DeJoy … may be executing Donald Trump’s desire to affect mail-in balloting,” Representatives Ted Lieu (D-CA) and Hakeem Jeffreys (D-NY), said in a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray last August.
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