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Michigan congresswoman on investigation of Postmaster General: "So, here we go again."

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Jodi Westrick
Michigan Radio

The U.S. House Oversight committee is investigating Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, after The Washington Post reported allegations by former employees that they were asked to make political contributions to Republican candidates DeJoy supported, and were later reimbursed by him.

That kind of arrangement would be illegal.

Democratic U.S. Representative Brenda Lawrence worked at the Post Office for twenty years before running for public office. She says there were problems with DeJoy's appointment as Postmaster General from the beginning.

She says the position is supposed to be non-partisan, but she says the appointment appeared to be a political favor for his financial support of President Donald Trump. 

"It has been just a constant barrage of issues with this new postmaster general," says Lawrence. "He started out as almost a political favor. It wasn't about his qualifications."

Once installed, DeJoy immediately made changes to procedures which slowed delivery of the mail, while the President railed against voting by mail.

Now, DeJoy faces allegations that he may have broken the law prior to becoming U.S. Postmaster General.

"And so, here we go again," says Lawrence.  

Other Democratic politicians in Congress, including U.S. Representative Dan Kildee, have demanded DeJoy resign or be forced out.

DeJoy has not responded to the Post article. But in late August, while testifying under oath before Congress about delivery delays, he hotly denied any reimbursement scheme.  

The Post reports that DeJoy will be meeting with the U.S. Postal Service Board on Wednesday.

Tracy Samilton covers energy and transportation, including the auto industry and the business response to climate change for Michigan Public. She began her career at Michigan Public as an intern, where she was promptly “bitten by the radio bug,” and never recovered.
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