President Donald Trump said Monday he was open to an investigation into Postmaster General Louis DeJoy on charges that DeJoy had encouraged employees to donate to Republican fundraisers and then reimbursed them through rewards.
When the president pressed ABC news correspondent Kyra Phillips, he initially said at a press conference at the White House Monday afternoon, “I don’t know much about it,” but he would support an investigation into the problem, even if He did signal that he is not inclined to believe that DeJoy is acting illegally.
According to reports in the Washington Post and the New York Times, DeJoy, a former GOP fundraiser whose political ties helped secure his position with USPS, encouraged employees of his former company, New Breed Logistics, to issue donation checks and rewards to do so offset costs. DeJoy̵
ABC News did not independently confirm these reports but has approached DeJoy for comment. It is against the law for an employer to reimburse contributions to the employee campaign.
“Let go of the investigation. But he’s a very respectable man,” the president continued from the north portico of the White House on Monday. “Again it was a bipartisan commission. The 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.”
When asked by Phillips whether DeJoy should lose his job if it was found he was involved in a campaign funding program, Trump said yes but again seemed to express doubts that misconduct would be proven by referring to his own scandals.
“Yes, if something can be proven, always. You looked at me for four years. You didn’t find anything. Four years,” he said.
A spokesman for DeJoy told the Washington Post that DeJoy believes he has always followed laws and regulations about raising funds for campaigns. A US Postal Service spokesman did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.
DeJoy has not offered a public response to the allegations, but was questioned about his possible use of straw dispensers during his testimony before the House Oversight Committee last month.
Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Tenn., Asked DeJoy if he had repaid several top executives for their contribution to Trump’s campaign by giving them bonuses.
“That’s an outrageous claim, sir, and I refuse,” said DeJoy. “The answer is no.”
Chuck Schumer, chairman of the Senate minority, over the weekend called for an investigation into DeJoy after allegations surfaced that he had made contributions to the GOP campaign for former employees.
“These are very serious allegations that must be investigated immediately by Donald Trump, independently of the Justice Department,” said Schumer in a statement on Sunday.
DeJoy’s former store where the alleged activity took place was based in North Carolina. North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein responded to the Post’s coverage in a tweet on Sunday.
“It is against the law to compensate someone directly or indirectly for a political contribution,” tweeted Stein. “All credible allegations of such acts deserve investigation by the relevant state and federal authorities. In addition, it would be inappropriate for me as the Attorney General to comment on a specific matter at any given time.”
The Senate minority leader threw his weight behind stone to open an investigation into the reported allegation.
“The North Carolina attorney general, an elected official who is independent from Donald Trump, is the right person to open this investigation,” Schumer said in a statement.
DeJoy has been the subject of several Congressional investigations in the past few months as Democratic lawmakers tried to understand changes in the mail that they say have delayed the delivery of mail and could jeopardize the security of postal ballot papers.
Wide range of topics
The president covered a wide range of topics in the Labor Day press conference announced on Twitter Monday morning as the president’s race intensified.
Trump also claimed that Biden wanted to engage the US in “endless wars” and then suggested – in a striking comment from the Commander-in-Chief on the nation’s top military leaders and their motives – “the best people in the Pentagon.” am not happy with Trump because he wants to get the US out of the war.
“It’s one of the reasons the military – I’m not saying the military is in love with me – are the soldiers, the top people in the Pentagon are probably because they don’t want to do anything but wage wars with them All of these wonderful companies that make the bombs and planes and make everything else happy stay happy, “he said.
Trump began trumpeting the economic recovery from the pandemic and threatened a crash “like you’ve never seen him before” if Democratic candidate Joe Biden was elected President in utterances from an area of the White House that normally is the Welcoming foreign heads of state and government is reserved.
“As you can probably see, the numbers are great. So we called some people and wished them a very happy Labor Day, and they told us how they were doing. And we really celebrate the American worker. We’re in the middle of that fastest economic recovery in US history, “claimed Trump.