Postmaster General Louis DeJoy claims he “had no idea” that mailboxes and mail sorting machines were being removed. “I was made aware when everybody else was made aware,” DeJoy says, while claiming they are “not needed.”
DeJoy is a top Trump and GOP mega-donor who was installed over the objections of the vice chairman of the USPS Board of Governors. Right now he is testifying before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
“Since my arrival we moved 700 post collection boxes, of which I had no idea but that that was a process so that that was a process when we found out when I found out about,” DeJoy told the Senators. He called it “a normal process that’s been around for since, you know, it’s been around 50 years,” and promised to resume the removal of the mailboxes after the election.
Speaking about the removal of high-volume multi-million dollar mail sorting machines, DeJoy said, “this is a process that I was unaware about it’s been around for a couple of years now, we evaluate our machine capacity.”
DeJoy also claimed he had no knowledge of an email sent to post offices directing them to not reconnect any mail sorting machines.
Voting rights expert Ari Berman calls their removal a “major crisis.”
USPS ordered to remove 671 mail sorting machines under DeJoy:
59 in Florida
58 in Texas
34 in Ohio
30 in Pennsylvania
26 in Michigan
15 in North Carolina
12 in Virginia
12 in Wisconsin
11 in Georgia
He just said removed machines won’t be reinstalled. This is major crisis
— Ari Berman (@AriBerman) August 21, 2020
Watch DeJoy’s remarks:
DeJoy claims that he had no idea that mailboxes and mail sorting machines were being removed. pic.twitter.com/DWuLysjMQQ
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) August 21, 2020
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Trump Again Claims He’s Invoked the Defense Production Act – Then Backtracks Saying ‘Maybe We Won’t Need’ to Fully Use It
President Donald Trump Friday afternoon announced he has invoked the Defense Production Act to require GM to produce vitally-needed life-saving ventilators. But it’s not the first time has and his administration have claimed the DPA was being used to require the production of critical equipment, nor is it being used as it should be.
In announcing he had finally invoked it, to force GM to make ventilators they already have announced they will produce, Trump immediately backtracked, nonsensically saying he might not need to fully use the law.
“I’ve enacted the Act, we’ve used it three of four times,” Trump said, which is a lie, claiming “the companies came through in the end they didn’t need the Act.”
That’s not how the law works.
“It’s been great leverage I have instituted it against General Electric, we thought we had a deal for 40,000 ventilators,” Trump claimed, which again is false, it was for 20,000.
“We did activate it with respect to General Motors and hopefully – maybe we won’t need the full activation we’ll find out,” he said, after calling the car company “General Electric.”
Here’s Trump saying of the Defense Production Act that “I have instituted it against General Electric,” then saying 30 seconds later that “we did activate it with respect to General Motors” 🙃 pic.twitter.com/VyvXBJa6l0
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 27, 2020
Every day that went by that theDPA remained unused is a day in the future more people will die, literally unable to breathe due to an insufficient number of ventilators across the nation.
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