Congress Is Looking Into Louis DeJoy’s Alleged Sketchy Campaign Donations
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Former employees say Trump’s postmaster general pressured them to donate to GOP candidates and reimbursed them through bonuses. Democrats are investigating, and Trump seems ready to throw DeJoy under the bus.

The House Oversight Committee is launching an investigation into Postmaster General Louis DeJoy following allegations that he pressured former employees to make political contributions to his preferred Republican candidates and later reimbursed them through bonuses—an arrangement that would be illegal, and that he strongly denied under oath last month. According to the Washington Post, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, the chair of the committee leading the investigation, called for the immediate suspension of DeJoy, whom “they never should have hired in the first place,” and said he faces “criminal exposure,” not only if the allegations are true, “but also for lying to our committee under oath.” Asked by the House Oversight panel last month whether he reimbursed company executives who donated to Donald Trump’s campaign, DeJoy dismissed the question. “That’s an outrageous claim,” he replied, “I resent it.”

The news comes just a day after the Post first reported allegations leveled by several people who worked for DeJoy’s former business, New Breed Logistics, who said they were urged by his aides or even by DeJoy himself to make donations and attend fundraisers for Republicans running for Congress and the White House. Former employees said DeJoy would instruct managers to give bonuses to employees who had made political donations “to help defray the cost of their contributions.”

“Louis was a national fundraiser for the Republican Party. He asked employees for money. We gave him the money, and then he reciprocated by giving us big bonuses,” said David Young, who served as DeJoy’s director of human resources and had access to New Breed’s payroll records from the late 1990s to 2013. “When we got our bonuses, let’s just say they were bigger, they exceeded expectations—and that covered the tax and everything else.”

The campaign events, which DeJoy hosted at his Greensboro mansion, reportedly raised $100,000 or more on any given night, fundraising that helped DeJoy amass power among high-profile Republicans and paved the way to his current position. The Post notes that “it can be permissible to encourage employees to make donations,” but reimbursing them would violate both North Carolina and federal election law. The latter carries a five-year statute of limitations. At the state level, there is no statute of limitations.

Asked about the allegations on Monday, the president said he wasn’t entirely clear on the details of the story but is open to an investigation into DeJoy’s campaign fundraising: “Sure. Let the investigations go.” Trump called DeJoy “a very respected man” but said he would support the postmaster’s removal if he is found to have violated campaign finance laws. “If something can be proven that he did something wrong, always,” Trump said.

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