Last week we all learned that Donald Trump’s handpicked Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has a decade-long history of pressuring his employees into making donations to the Republican Party, and then reimbursing them through company bonuses. Not only is this a felony, it’s the kind of felony that the jury almost automatically convicts you for. Now it’s gotten uglier.
It turns out Louis DeJoy hired three of his of his former private sector employees to work at the Post Office, who all fit the pattern of having been pressured into making donations and having been illegally reimbursed. Notably, it turns out some of DeJoy’s campaign finance felonies have taken place quite recently, meaning the statute of limitations isn’t a concern.
This means two things. First, the door is wide open for the North Carolina Attorney General to bring state level criminal charges against DeJoy at any time; the AG all but confirmed twelve days ago that the DeJoy allegations are going to be investigated. In other words, DeJoy is going to prison.
This leaves Louis DeJoy with a difficult no-win decision to make. Does he cut a plea deal before the election, while he still has the leverage of trading his resignation for leniency in his sentencing? Or does he remain Postmaster General through election day, knowing he’s going to prison sometime afterward, on state charges that Trump can’t pardon? Stay tuned.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report