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Democrats and their media allies do not appear to have a lot of faith in the party’s 2020 nominee, Joe Biden, as they seem to be laying the groundwork for disputing and/or contesting his eventual fall in November.
One such angle has been the ongoing focus on President Trump allegedly working to undermine the U.S. Postal Service ahead of election day, as spotty as the claims may be.
In what looks to be a furtherance of that campaign, the Washington Post rolled out a story Sunday about U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy allegedly being involved in a straw donor scheme.
The paper cited former employees to report that DeJoy’s rise as GOP fundraiser was powered by contributions from workers at his former business, New Breed Logistics, who were later reimbursed, which would be a violation of election laws.
A story based largely on the now commonplace “anonymous” sources — the Post said the former employees “spoke on the condition of anonymity out of fear of retribution from DeJoy.”
“He would ask employees to make contributions at the same time that he would say, ‘I’ll get it back to you down the road,’” one such anonymous former employee said.
By now, we know how the game is played — unfounded allegations are leveled by a reputable news source and others useful minions pick up on the story and run with it.
One name featured in the story was David Young, identified by the Post as DeJoy’s longtime director of human resources.
Now retired, Young reportedly had access to payroll records at New Breed from the late 1990s to 2013.
“Louis was a national fundraiser for the Republican Party. He asked employees for money. We gave him the money, and then he reciprocated by giving us big bonuses,” Young told the newspaper. “When we got our bonuses, let’s just say they were bigger, they exceeded expectations — and that covered the tax and everything else.”
The opinion speculates on possible motives.
DeJoy’s spokesman, Monty Hagler, said in a statement that DeJoy had consulted an election law attorney to ensure that New Breed Logistics had “fully complied with any and all laws.”
The statement added, “Mr. DeJoy was never notified by the New Breed employees referenced by the Washington Post of any pressure they might have felt to make a political contribution, and he regrets if any employee felt uncomfortable for any reason.”
Here is DeJoy's response to WAPO article. I couldn't find the denial pic.twitter.com/zsQpvCpFYu
— Daniel Uhlfelder (@DWUhlfelderLaw) September 6, 2020
Right on cue, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is calling for an investigation.
“These are very serious allegations that must be investigated immediately, independent of Donald Trump’s Justice Department,” Schumer said in a statement on Sunday. “The North Carolina Attorney General, an elected official who is independent of Donald Trump, is the right person to start this investigation.”
(The company was based in North Carolina, and while the federal statue of limitations may have expired, the Post noted there is no statute of limitations in North Carolina for felonies, including campaign finance violations.)
Other Democrats were quick to disseminate the story, complete with commentary:
The swamp in action:
DeJoy pressures his employees to make political contributions, and allegedly illegally reimburses them.
Trump appoints him head of USPS, where he degrades mail services that Americans need to vote.
This report demands a full, independent investigation. https://t.co/QhnVrf4glj
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) September 6, 2020
Any @GOP elected official, including @realDonaldTrump, who received illegal contributions from Louis DeJoy needs to return those contributions or donate them to charity. The conduct described in this article, if true, is flat out illegal. https://t.co/bcR87F9uvC
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) September 6, 2020
If this reporting is accurate, USPS is currently led by a Republican donor guilty of campaign finance violations — federal crimes. https://t.co/Oq4FYmGYQ6
— Rep. Don Beyer (@RepDonBeyer) September 6, 2020
Party allies were also eager to weigh in — a common theme in all the tweets being the frequent use of the term “if.”
If Postmaster DeJoy committed campaign finance & other crimes that are within the statute of limitations, the question is, will Barr’s DOJ bring a timely prosecution? Will they investigate at all? DOJ can only do its job when people have confidence in its integrity.
— Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) September 6, 2020
Even George Conway jumped on the bandwagon, though he allegedly stepped away from the anti-Trump Lincoln Project.
also possibly tax fraud to the extent straw-donor reimbursement came in the form of tax-deductible employee wages
— George Conway (@gtconway3d) September 7, 2020
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