TRUMP OPEN TO IN­QUIRY INTO POST­MAS­TER DEJOY OVER PO­LIT­I­CAL DO­NA­TIONS

Chicago Sun-Times - - NATION / WORLD - BY DAR­LENE SU­PERVILLE

WASH­ING­TON — Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump says he’s open to an in­ves­ti­ga­tion of Post­mas­ter Gen­eral Louis DeJoy fol­low­ing pub­lished re­ports that for­mer em­ploy­ees of DeJoy, a ma­jor donor to Trump and other Repub­li­cans, said they felt pres­sured to make cam­paign con­tri­bu­tions to GOP can­di­dates.

The pres­i­dent also said Mon­day that DeJoy should lose his job if cam­paign fi­nance ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties are un­cov­ered, while he de­scribed the GOP fundraiser as a “very hon­est guy.”

Trump replied “sure, sure” when asked at a news con­fer­ence whether he would sup­port an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into DeJoy. DeJoy al­ready faces un­re­lated scru­tiny from Congress for U.S. Postal Ser­vice changes that some fear will slow de­liv­ery of mail-in bal­lots for the Nov. 3 elec­tions.

Asked if DeJoy should lose his job if a cam­paign fi­nance scheme is un­cov­ered, Trump replied: “Yeah, if some­thing could be proven that he did some­thing wrong, al­ways. Al­ways.”

The Wash­ing­ton Post re­ported on­line Sun­day that sev­eral ex-em­ploy­ees of DeJoy’s for­mer busi­ness, New Breed Lo­gis­tics, said DeJoy or his aides urged them to make po­lit­i­cal con­tri­bu­tions. Oth­ers told the news­pa­per that DeJoy would later give big­ger bonuses to re­im­burse for the con­tri­bu­tions. Such an ar­range­ment would be il­le­gal. Monty Ha­gler, a spokesper­son for DeJoy, told the Post that DeJoy was un­aware that any work­ers felt pres­sure to make do­na­tions. Ha­gler also said DeJoy be­lieves he has al­ways com­plied with cam­paign fundrais­ing laws and reg­u­la­tions.

DeJoy was put in charge of the Postal Ser­vice in June af­ter a ca­reer in lo­gis­tics and set in mo­tion a se­ries of pol­icy changes that have de­layed mail and sparked con­cern over the agency’s abil­ity to process a flood of mail-in bal­lots ex­pected this fall due to coro­n­avirus fears.

The House Over­sight Com­mit­tee re­cently sub­poe­naed DeJoy for records about widespread mail de­liv­ery de­lays that have pushed the Postal Ser­vice into the po­lit­i­cal spot­light.

He has ap­peared be­fore Congress twice in re­cent weeks to tes­tify about the changes, some of which he said he has put on hold un­til af­ter the elec­tions.

TOM BREN­NER/POOL VIA AP, FILE

The Wash­ing­ton Post re­ported that sev­eral ex-em­ploy­ees of Post­mas­ter Gen­eral Louis DeJoy’s for­mer busi­ness say they were urged to make po­lit­i­cal con­tri­bu­tions.

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