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Sen. Lindsey Graham said on Saturday that the Judiciary Committee he leads will conduct an investigation into “all credible allegations of voting irregularities” after obtaining an affidavit from a postal worker in Pennsylvania alleging a scheme to backdate ballots received after Election Day.
“It is imperative that all credible allegations of voting irregularities and misconduct be investigated to ensure the integrity of the 2020 elections,” said Graham, South Carolina Republican and current chairman of the committee, in a statement.
“I will not allow credible allegations of voting irregularities or misconduct to be swept under the rug,” he added.
Graham also said he’ll be calling on the Justice Department as well as the Postmaster General to investigate the worker’s claims as well, Fox News reported.
“Although, as I understand Pennsylvania law, ballots must be postmarked by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day, November 3, 2020, in Pennsylvania, Postmaster Rob Weisenbach directed my co-workers and I to pick up ballots after Election Day and provide them to him,” says the affidavit from Richard Hopkins of Erie, Pa.
He also said he overheard Weisenbach tell another supervisor, Darrell Locke, he was backdating late ballots to make it appear as though they’d been received on Election Day, Nov. 3, in compliance with Pennsylvania law, “despite them in fact being collected on Nov. 4 and possibly later.”
A Postal Service spokesman, David Partenheimer, told Fox News he first learned of Hopkins’ allegations on Friday.
“They were immediately referred to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Office of Inspector General, and the matter remains under investigation,” Partenheimer said.
For his part, Graham said a massive surge in mail-in balloting this election cycle put increased strain on the Postal Service to ensure timely delivery of ballots while still handling regular mail and packages.
“This change in mission requires there to be further scrutiny to ensure the system is beyond reproach,” he said.
“Every American should want our election processes to work accurately, and given the recency of such a large volume of mail-in voting, that will require oversight. Election outcomes are not determined by media outlets but certified, accurate vote counts,” added Graham.
“Officials in Pennsylvania should take allegations from Mr. Hopkins and others seriously before certifying a final outcome.”
But for Graham to continue leading the Judiciary Committee, Republicans will have to retain control of the chamber. And right now, incumbent GOP Sen. Thom Tillis’ race in North Carolina hasn’t been called yet, while Georgia’s two GOP incumbents are headed to a run-off election in January.
Meanwhile, major media including Fox News have already declared that Democratic nominee Joe Biden has won Pennsylvania, giving him at least 279 electoral votes — above the 270 vote threshold to become the country’s 46th president.
But NewsmaxTV and some other outlets have refused to make the call, noting that states are still counting ballots and President Donald Trump’s campaign is contesting results in a number of them while planning legal actions to challenge results, especially in Pennsylvania.
One America News reported Saturday that supporters for President Trump took to the streets in Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Michigan to protest what they believe are tainted election results.
OANN’s White House correspondent, Jenn Pellegrino, retweeted a post by Rogan O’Handley questioning how media outlets like CNN that have declared Biden the winner.
Over 70 million Americans are doing the same. https://t.co/EnBeCyki6Q
— Jenn Pellegrino OAN 🇺🇸 (@JennPellegrino) November 7, 2020
Hey, everyone, let me remind you: the media called the 2000 election for Al Gore too.
You do remember President Gore, don't you?
— Emerald Robinson ✝️ (@EmeraldRobinson) November 7, 2020
The network also got some reaction from voters concerned about potential voting irregularities.
“So, my reaction personally is I think it’s a little premature,” Trump supporter and Georgia resident James Wilson told the network.
“It just sounds like there’s going to be multiple states with recounts and an awful lot of litigation. So, I’m just hopeful that everybody stays calm and the country waits to see how that transpires.”
Trump supporters rally in Lansing, MI pic.twitter.com/ZjZQcgNn6Y
— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) November 7, 2020