Louis DeJoy investigated for political fundraiser: NPR
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The US Department of Justice is investigating controversial Postmaster General Louis DeJoy in connection with campaign contributions by former employees of the longtime businessman, a spokesperson for DeJoy confirmed Thursday.
Mark Corallo, the spokesperson, said in a statement that the ministry was investigating “the contributions of employees who worked for him when he was in the private sector.”
DeJoy had been a Republican megadonator before being appointed to head the U.S. Postal Service under the Trump administration.
The Washington Post, who first reported on the investigation on Thursday, published an article last year about allegations by some employees at DeJoy’s former company, New Breed Logistics, that they were pressured into contributing to candidates Republican politicians then had been reimbursed through bonuses.
Repayment efforts such as these could violate federal law.
In his statement, Corallo said DeJoy “has always been scrupulous in adhering to election campaign contribution laws and has never knowingly violated them. Mr. DeJoy has fully cooperated and answered questions posed by Congress regarding these matters. The same goes for the investigation by the Inspector General of Postal Services which, after a thorough investigation, gave Mr DeJoy good health on his disclosure and divestment issues. less in the latter case and he intends to work with the DOJ to resolve it quickly. “
The FBI said it could neither confirm nor deny the existence of an investigation. La Poste did not comment.
During his short time as the head of the Postal Service, the agency came under heavy criticism for the cost-cutting measures DeJoy sought, which critics say were part of an intentional effort to slow the Postal Service. in the months leading up to the 2020 elections.
DeJoy, during congressional hearings last year on the issue, denied that the service cuts were tied to any effort to deter mail voting.
In August, DeJoy agreed to postpone the agency’s controversial changes, which included reducing employee overtime and eliminating hundreds of mail sorting machines.
In March, DeJoy unveiled a 10-year reorganization plan for the agency.