Brooklyn Congressman Hakeem Jeffries and Ted Lieu of California called for the FBI to investigate whether crimes were committed by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy or members of the board of governors of the U.S. Postal Service. DeJoy is a Trump appointee.
Over the past few weeks the Postal Service has been removing mailboxes across the country, including right here in New York City. According to News 4 New York “over the weekend, dozens of blue mailboxes were seen discarded behind a post office in the Bronx. The American Postal Workers Union says those boxes removed and held at the Cornell Post Office were not being replaced.”
In the complaint to the FBI Jeffries and Lieu wrote “there is overwhelming evidence that Postmaster General DeJoy and the Board of Governors have hindered the passage of mail,”
Jeffries and Lieu are members of the House Judiciary Committee.
The letter to the FBI added “at least 19 mail sorting machines, which can process 35,000 pieces of mail per hour, have been dismantled and over 671 are slated for reductions later this year,” the letter stated. “If Postmaster General DeJoy and/or the Board of Governors took these actions ‘for the purpose of interfering with, or affecting, the nomination or the election of any candidate’ then they violated both 18 U.S.C. § 595 [Interference by Administrative Employees] and 18 U.S.C. § 1701 [Obstruction of Mail]. Indeed, there is evidence that making mail-in balloting more difficult may be one of the motivations for the changes instituted at the Post Office.”