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Meadows signals DeJoy will cooperate with congressional investigation

Meadows signals DeJoy will cooperate with congressional investigation
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White House chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsAgency official says Capitol riot hit close to home for former Transportation secretary Chao Republicans wrestle over removing Trump Pressure grows on Trump to leave MORE on Tuesday argued that a House investigation into Postmaster General Louis DeJoyLouis DeJoyJudge approves deal to expedite Georgia runoff ballots DeJoy's calendar released by Postal Service is almost entirely redacted Postal employees report backlogs across the country amid holiday shipping MORE is politically motivated but signaled that DeJoy will cooperate with the probe nonetheless.

"Never underestimate Congress’s ability to ratchet up an investigation 60 days out from a presidential election," Meadows told reporters at the White House.

"The political rhetoric gets heated and accusations get thrown away, and then many times right after the presidential election, voilà, they go away," he added.

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Meadows said he believes DeJoy will "cooperate completely," calling him an "honorable man."

"We serve in a great country where you’re innocent until proven guilty, especially when that guilt is thrown your way by members of Congress," he said.

DeJoy has come under scrutiny in the lead up to the November elections amid bipartisan outcry over changes at the Postal Service that could hinder the delivery and return of mail ballots. Last week, he was the subject of a Washington Post investigation over reimbursements in the form of bonuses for political donations his employees made prior to his time in government.

House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman Carolyn MaloneyCarolyn MaloneyWhat our kids should know after the Capitol Hill riot  House Democrats reintroduce bill to reduce lobbyist influence Trump administration misses census data deadline, eyes March handover to Congress MORE (D-N.Y.) last week issued a subpoena for DeJoy for documents related to recent reforms at the Postal Service.

Maloney this week launched a probe into the allegations that DeJoy pressured employees of his former company to make campaign contributions, which he later reimbursed via bonuses.

Maloney said in a statement that her committee will investigate whether DeJoy lied under oath. She also called on the Postal Service’s board of governors to suspend DeJoy, saying “they never should have hired [him] in the first place.”

President TrumpDonald TrumpCIA chief threatened to resign over push to install Trump loyalist as deputy: report Azar in departure letter says Capitol riot threatens to 'tarnish' administration's accomplishments Justice Dept. argues Trump should get immunity from rape accuser's lawsuit MORE told reporters on Monday he would support an investigation into the campaign donations and that DeJoy should lose his job "if something can be proven that he did something wrong."