Merrick Garland has moved in on our favorite Postmaster General, Louis DeJoy, who is under FBI investigation in connection with his past political fundraising involving his former business. FBI agents have reportedly been interviewing his past and current employees in recent weeks. Prosecutors have issued a subpoena to DeJoy for certain information.
A spokesperson for DeJoy, Mark Corolla, issued a statement confirming the investigation but insisting DeJoy has not “knowingly” violated any laws. The FBI and DOJ had no comment.
Allegations were swirling around way back when Trump hired DeJoy to start dismantling the USPS as part of his efforts to suppress Democratic voters during the pandemic. Reports alleged DeJoy required his former employees to donate to certain Republican political campaigns, then reimbursed them through bonuses. Employees who had no record of political contributions in the past reportedly donated over a million dollars collectively while in DeJoy’s employ. Five such employees reported this to WaPo. Of course, it’s doubtful that Barr ever looked into this at all, and there may be a federal statute of limitations problem at this point.
DeJoy reportedly donated over a million dollars of his own money to Trump’s campaign and the GOP prior to Trump’s appointment, which was also somewhat controversial.
This makes the ousting of DeJoy from the USPS all the more urgent, before he vindictively starts doing even further significant damage to the USPS. If he were smart, he would cooperate and try to work out a deal to leave the USPS willingly. But DeJoy has already proven where his loyalties lie, and it is not with USPS customers and employees, or American voters.
I can’t help but find the timing of this significant, given the fact that Republicans are assaulting democracy from all sides and in every manner possible — including mail-in voting. I still have faith that Merrick Garland intends to do everything within his power to save our democracy.