Postmaster General of the United States Postal Service Louis DeJoy testifies on Capitol Hill on February 24, 2021, at a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on “Legislative Proposals to Put the US Postal Service on Sustainable Financial Footing” REUTERS/Graeme Jennings/Pool
The FBI is looking into campaign fundraising behaviour involving a corporation that the previous chief of the United States Postal Service oversaw, according to a spokesperson for Postmaster General Louis DeJoy on Thursday.
DeJoy, a Republican former President Donald Trump supporter appointed in May 2020, has drawn criticism from Democrats over postal service modifications and a proposal to postpone some deliveries to save money. DeJoy was previously the CEO of New Breed Logistics in North Carolina.
The probe was initially reported by the Washington Post. According to the Post, FBI investigators have interrogated current and former DeJoy and New Breed Logistics workers and have issued a subpoena to DeJoy.
The Post reported last year that some New Breed Logistics employees said they were pressured by DeJoy or his aides to attend fundraisers or make political contributions to Republicans and then were repaid through bonuses. DeJoy in congressional testimony denied making such reimbursements, calling it an “outrageous claim.” New Breed was sold to XPO Logistics Inc (XPO.N) in 2014.
Mark Corallo, a DeJoy spokesman, said in a statement that DeJoy “learned that the Department of Justice is investigating campaign contributions made by employees who worked for him when he was in the private sector. He has always been scrupulous in his adherence to the campaign contribution laws and has never knowingly violated them.”
Corallo said DeJoy “intends to work with DOJ toward swiftly resolving it.”
The FBI did not reply quickly to a request for comment. A spokesman from the US Postal Service declined to comment.
Carolyn Maloney, the head of the United States House of Representatives Oversight Committee, stated that if the charges are accurate, DeJoy should be held accountable “must resign as soon as possible
“She demanded that the Postal Service “immediately reveal what information it had concerning these claims and whether it had evaluated them.””
Some Democrats accused DeJoy last year of making service adjustments to impede the delivery of mail-in votes for the November presidential election in order to support Trump, which DeJoy rejected.