House Oversight and Reform Committee Chair Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) slammed Postmaster General Louis DeJoy Monday morning, accusing him of withholding information and concealing documents from Congress, and downplaying the damage he’s caused. She threatened him with a subpoena if he did not comply with her request.
“I’m concerned why we didn’t receive any of this information and I have to just say that, Mr. DeJoy we sent our letter, two days after you received this briefing, and this document,” Chairwoman Maloney said, referring to an internal document detailing logistical changes he implemented or stands behind. It was a “presentation prepared for the Postmaster General,” Maloney minutes earlier had informed DeJoy.
“It must have been fresh on your mind. There’s absolutely no excuse for concealing it and withholding this information from the committee or from your testimony before the Senate when you expressly asked questions about the information in the document. And, unfortunately, this committee received it from someone else.”
“So Mr. DeJoy, you’re withholding information from us concealing documents and downplaying the damage that you’re causing. So, let me close with this. This committee expects a full and complete production of all the documents we requested, no later than this coming Wednesday. And if you continue to withhold information or otherwise fail to comply, you can expect a subpoena.”
Rep. Maloney to Postmaster General DeJoy: "You're withholding information from us, concealing documents, and downplaying the damage that you're causing."
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) August 24, 2020
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‘I Do Not Know’: DeJoy Embarrassingly Forced to Admit He Doesn’t Know Prices – or Who Ordered the Huge USPS Overhaul
U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy was forced to admit he does not know a great deal about the 245 year old federal agency he was entrusted by Republicans to run – like who ordered the massive changes he is supporting, including cutting overtime, and removing hundreds of mail sorting machines and mailboxes.
Nor was he interested in finding out.
U.S. Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA) is known for her devastating questioning of congressional witnesses and did not disappoint Monday, when she questioned the embattled USPS chief.
While he did pass the first test – “What is the coat of a first class postage stamp?” – DeJoy was unable to answer most of the Congresswoman’s other questions, as she noted on Twitter after warning him to come prepared.
Spoiler alert: he did not. https://t.co/uJaqQvcWZK
— Rep. Katie Porter (@RepKatiePorter) August 24, 2020
DeJoy was forced to say, “I don’t know,” when asked the price to mail a postcard. When she repeated the question, DeJoy laughed with incredulity, as if to suggest he does not believe it is the job of the Postmaster general to know the answers to such basic questions.
“I don’t,” he repeated. “I’ll submit that I know very little about postage stamps.”
He also had to say “I don’t know” when asked about the rate of USPS Priority Mail. And he answered, “No I cannot,” when asked if he could say how many Americans voted by mail in the last presidential election. When asked if he could say “to the nearest 10 million,” a smirk came over his face, and he said he would be “guessing,” and added that he didn’t want to guess.
“OK, so, Mr. DeJoy, I am concerned – I’m glad you know the price of a stamp – but I’m concerned about your understanding of this agency,” Porter told the Postmaster General.
And that’s when things got very serious.
DeJoy repeatedly refused to commit to resigning if the USPS Inspector General found he had committed misconduct.
“I don’t believe they will find misconduct,”DeJoy declared, “but I don’t see why I would commit here right now to resigning for any reason.”
“I’m concerned about your understanding of this agency,” Porter told DeJoy. “And I’m particularly concerned about it because you started taking very decisive action when you became Postmaster General, you started directing the unplugging and destroying of machines, changing of employee procedures, and locking of collection boxes.”
“As a professor,” Rep. Porter explained, “I’ve always told my students that one of the most important rules in life is to read the instructions. Did you actually read and independently analyze the major overhaul plans, before you ordered them to take effect?”
DeJoy, exuding disrespect for the California Congresswoman, replied, “Again, I will repeat that I did not order major overhaul plans, the items you identify were not directed by me. I did, and didn’t do much analysis to get them to run your trucks to my schedule.”
“Reclaiming my time Mr. DeJoy,” Porter interjected, “Could you please tell me who did order these changes if you as Postmaster General did not,” Porter said before DeJoy interrupted her. “If you did not order these actions to be taken. Please tell the committee, the name of who did.”
“I do not know,” DeJoy once agains was forced to admit.
“Mr. DeJoy, did you analyze these plans, before they went into effect?”
“As I’ve stated numerous times, the plans were in effect and being implemented before I arrived.”
He refused to say who had put them into effect.
It’s worth watching all of Rep. Katie Porter’s questioning.
PORTER: You don’t know the cost to mail a postcard?
DEJOY: I don’t … I’ll submit that I know very little about postage stamps.
PORTER: I’m concerned about your understanding of this agency.pic.twitter.com/cwqP6EdAvE
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) August 24, 2020
‘Look Me in the Eye’: Democrat Destroys DeJoy – ‘You Didn’t Do Any Analysis’ to See How Seniors Would Be Impacted
U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) stood up for America’s seniors, veterans, and working families Friday during her questioning of the Postmaster General. Some say Louis DeJoy is working to delay the mail in an effort to help President Donald Trump win re-election, and in a longer-term strategy, to destabilize the U.S. Postal Service in an effort to privatize it.
Senator Rosen blasted DeJoy for not doing any studies before implementing strategies he has questionably claimed are designed to save taxpayers money. Among those actions, canceling overtime, removing hundreds of mailboxes and high-volume mail sorting machines.
“Did you conduct any specific analysis on how your changes would impact seniors?” Senator Rosen asked DeJoy, pausing for an answer that did not come.
“Yes or No, sir?”
“So, ma’am, the policy changes that I –” DeJoy began.
“Yes or no, sir?” Rosen interjected.
“The policy changes that I embarked upon were not the ones that you identified in your –” DeJoy began to say.
“So you didn’t do any analysis to see how seniors would be impacted,” Sen. Rosen confirmed. “Okay. Let’s move on. Did you do an analysis to see how veterans might be impacted knowing, knowing that so many of our postal workers are veterans, we employ so many veterans, that they aren’t getting their medication and that they rely on 80%, Did you do a specific analysis to see how veterans would be impacted?”
“The only change that I made was that the trucks leave on time. Theoretically everyone should have got their mail faster,” DeJoy claimed, a statement that can be called into question given the reports of massive backups of mail in postal facilities.
“So you can, can you look me in the eye and all the Nevada veterans in the eye all the Nevada seniors in the eye and tell us that you will not continue in the policies in the future that you know that will harm my seniors, my veterans here in Nevada, and all of our seniors and veterans across this nation? Can you look us in the eye and commit to being sure that they have on time, delivery?” Rosen asked.
“Yes, I can commit to that,” DeJoy responded.
But Sen. Rosen wasn’t done.
“And so did you do any analysis about the fees if mail is late, the late fees that people would get when they pay their rent or their car payment or their utility bill if the mail is slowed down, and the impact that the charges and those fees would have on working families?” she asked. “Is there any analysis about the impact of late delivery by you, on that, sir, yes or no, please.”
“The analysis that we did was that if we move the mail on schedule that all late deliveries would have been improved,” DeJoy claimed.
“That isn’t the case so we need to continue this,” Rosen added.
SEN. ROSEN: Did you analyze how changes to USPS service would impact seniors?
DeJOY: *shakes head negatively*
R: Did you do an analysis about how veterans would be impacted?
DeJOY: The only change I made was that the trucks to leave on time pic.twitter.com/tUmCVc4T0a
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 21, 2020
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