Trump says he's open to investigation into Postmaster General DeJoy amid alleged campaign finance law violations - ABC News


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By:   Ben Gittleson,Jordyn Phelps (ABC News)

Trump says he's open to investigation into Postmaster General DeJoy amid alleged campaign finance law violations - ABC News
President Donald Trump says he's open to an investigation into Postmaster General Louis DeJoy following allegations that he violated campaign finance laws.

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Trump said he'd support DeJoy's removal if proven he engaged in illegal acts.

By Ben Gittleson,Jordyn Phelps, andAllison Pecorin September 8, 2020, 1:06 AM • 8 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article

President Donald Trump said on Monday he'd be open to an investigation into Postmaster General Louis DeJoy amid allegations that DeJoy encouraged his employees to make donations to Republican fundraising causes and then reimbursed them through bonuses.

The president, when pressed ABC News Correspondent Kyra Phillips, at first said, "I don't know much about it," at a news conference at the White House on Monday afternoon but that he would support an investigation into the issue, even as he signaled he's not inclined to believe DeJoy engaged in unlawful behavior.

According to reporting in the Washington Post and The New York Times, DeJoy, a former GOP fundraiser whose political connections helped garner his position at USPS, encouraged employees of his former company, New Breed Logistics, to write fundraising checks and gave bonuses to offset the costs. DeJoy's background in the private sector has shown significant financial stakes in companies that do business or compete with the Post Office.

ABC News has not independently confirmed these reports but has reached out to DeJoy for comment. It is against the law for an employer to reimburse employee campaign contributions.

"Let the investigations go. But he's a very respected man," the president continued on Monday from the White House's North Portico. "Again, it was a bipartisan commission. Postmaster General is appointed by a bipartisan commission. We'll see how that goes. I think he's a very honest guy. We'll see."

Asked then by Phillips if DeJoy should lose his job if it is shown that he engaged in a campaign finance scheme, Trump said yes but again seemed to express doubt that wrongdoing would be proven by referring to his own scandals.

"Yes, if something can be proven, always. They have been looking at me for four years. They found nothing. Four years," he said.

A spokesperson for DeJoy told the Washington Post that DeJoy believes that he has always followed campaign fundraising laws and regulations. A spokesperson for the U.S. Postal Service did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.

DeJoy has not offered a public reaction to the allegations, but he faced questioning about his possible use of straw donors during his testimony before the House Oversight committee last month.

Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Tenn., asked DeJoy whether he paid back several top executives for contributing to Trump's campaign by providing them bonuses.

"That's an outrageous claim sir, and I resent it," DeJoy said. "The answer is no."

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer over the weekend called for an investigation into DeJoy after the allegations surfaced that he had reimbursed former employees for GOP campaign contributions.

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"These are very serious allegations that must be investigated immediately, independent of Donald Trump's Justice Department," Schumer said in a statement Sunday.

DeJoy's former business, where the alleged activities took place, was based in North Carolina. On Sunday, North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein reacted to the Post's reporting in a tweet.

"It is against the law to directly or indirectly reimburse someone for a political contribution," Stein tweeted. "Any credible allegations of such actions merit investigation by the appropriate state and federal authorities. Beyond this, it would be inappropriate for me as Attorney General to comment on any specific matter at this time."

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The Senate minority leader threw his weight behind Stein to lead an investigation into the reported allegation.

"The North Carolina Attorney General, an elected official who is independent of Donald Trump, is the right person to start this investigation," Schumer said in a statement.

DeJoy has been the focus of several Congressional inquiries in recent months as Democratic lawmakers have sought to understand changes at the postal service that they say has delayed the delivery of mail and could put the security of mail-in ballots at risk.

Wide range of topics covered

The president covered a wide range of topics in the Labor Day news conference, which was announced Monday morning on Twitter, as the presidential race heats up.

Trump also alleged Biden wanted to get the U.S. into "endless wars" and then suggested -- in a striking comment from the commander-in-chief about the nation's top military leaders and their motives -- that "the top people in the Pentagon" aren't happy with Trump because he wants to get the U.S. out of war.

"It's one of the reasons the military -- I'm not saying the military is in love with me -- the soldiers are, the top people in the Pentagon probably are, because they want to do nothing but fight wars so that all of those wonderful companies that make the bombs and make the planes and make everything else stay happy," he said.

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Trump began by trumpeting economic recovery from the pandemic while threatening a crash "the likes of which you've never seen before" if Democratic nominee Joe Biden were elected president in remarks from an area from the White House usually reserved for greeting foreign leaders.

"As you probably see, the numbers are terrific. So, we called some people, wished them a very happy Labor Day, and they told us how they're doing. And we really celebrate the American worker. We are in the midst of the fastest economic recovery in U.S. history," Trump claimed.

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1  seeder  FLYNAVY1    2 weeks ago

.....AAAAAnnnnnnnndddddd........ Under the bus he gooooeeeeesssss!


1.1  Adam_Selene  replied to  FLYNAVY1 @1    2 weeks ago

With a little revision, Weird Al Yankovic's "Another one Rides the Bus" could be turned into "Another one Under the Bus".

Boom Boom Boom Boom Another one under the bus..

1.1.1  seeder  FLYNAVY1  replied to  Adam_Selene @1.1    2 weeks ago

And what of the board of governors for the USPS......?

1.1.2  Ozzwald  replied to  Adam_Selene @1.1    2 weeks ago
With a little revision, Weird Al Yankovic's "Another one Rides the Bus" could be turned into "Another one Under the Bus".

Or just stick with the original.

Paula Bartholomew
2  Paula Bartholomew    2 weeks ago

Will he also be investigated for interfering with the US mail which is a felony?

Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
2.1  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @2    2 weeks ago
Will he also be investigated for interfering with the US mail which is a felony?

Wouldn't that be a cherry on the cake of the Trump administration!

2.1.1  seeder  FLYNAVY1  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @2.1    2 weeks ago

That cherry looks to have some pits....

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy is privately encouraging voting by mail and warned President Trump the party could be "screwed" by his fight against mail-in voting.

The big picture:  "We could lose based on that," McCarthy (R-Calif.) told me at a diner in Salt Lake City last week

2.2  seeder  FLYNAVY1  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @2    2 weeks ago

I think the board of governors needs to be looked into as well.  It would seem that they are a majority of republican supporters appointed by Trump....

Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
3  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom    2 weeks ago



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