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Two Democrats call for criminal inquiry of postmaster general

Two Democratic members of the House Judiciary Committee on Monday called for FBI Director Christopher Wray to open a criminal probe 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, accusing him of deliberately slowing the mail to give President TrumpDonald TrumpLil Wayne gets 11th hour Trump pardon Trump grants clemency to more than 100 people, including Bannon Trump expected to pardon Bannon: reports MORE an advantage in the November presidential election.

“There is overwhelming evidence that Postmaster General DeJoy and the Board of Governors have hindered the passage of mail,” Reps. Hakeem JeffriesHakeem Sekou JeffriesUS Chamber of Commerce to stop supporting some lawmakers following the Capitol riots Lawmakers mount pressure on Trump to leave office Sunday shows - Capitol siege, Trump future dominate MORE (D-N.Y.) and Ted LieuTed W. LieuHouse Democrats introduce measures to oppose Trump's bomb sale to Saudis Washington state rep joins list of Republicans voting to impeach Trump Growing number of GOP lawmakers say they support impeachment MORE (D-Calif.) wrote in a letter to Wray, which was first reported by MSNBC.

“At least 19 mail sorting machines, which can process 35,000 pieces of mail per hour, have been dismantled and over 671 are slated for reductions later this year,” they added.

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The two congressmen specifically cite Trump’s repeated attacks on mail-in voting, as well as his suggestion in a recent interview that, without funding for the U.S. Postal Service, “they can’t have universal mail-in voting.”

Their letter also cites DeJoy’s status as a donor to the president and background in fundraising rather than postal work.

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“It is not unreasonable to conclude that Postmaster General DeJoy and the Board of Governors may be executing Donald Trump’s desire to affect mail-in balloting,” it states.

Reps. Anna EshooAnna Georges EshooBottom line Laptop stolen from Pelosi's office during Capitol riots Hillicon Valley: Federal agencies warn of hackers targeting online K-12 classes | California seeks to join DOJ antitrust case against Google | Senate approves defense bill establishing cyber czar position MORE (D-Calif.) and Bill PascrellWilliam (Bill) James PascrellCapitol Police officer hailed as hero for drawing rioters away from Senate chamber John Lewis remembered after Warnock victory: 'Wish he were here tonight' Cori Bush shares picture of expanded 'Squad' MORE (D-N.J.), meanwhile, have called for criminal inquiries by their respective state attorneys general.

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“President Trump and his recently appointed Postmaster General, Louis DeJoy, are intentionally undermining the ability of the U.S. Postal Service to deliver mail-in ballots, threatening the integrity of the upcoming elections,” Eshoo wrote in a letter Sunday. “I believe there is sufficient evidence for your office to open a criminal investigation to determine if these actions violate California laws which protect the rights of our mutual constituents to vote, and I urge you to do so.”

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiThe Memo: Trump leaves changed nation in his wake New York court worker arrested, accused of threats related to inauguration GOP Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene referred to Parkland school shooting as 'false flag' event on Facebook MORE (D-Calif.), meanwhile, has called the House back early from recess this week to vote on legislation blocking changes to Postal Service operations. House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman Carolyn MaloneyCarolyn MaloneyCensus Bureau Director Steven Dillingham resigns What our kids should know after the Capitol Hill riot  House Democrats reintroduce bill to reduce lobbyist influence MORE (D-N.Y.) on Sunday also called for DeJoy to testify at a hearing next Monday about recent cost-cutting measures and whether they will affect an expected increase in mail-in voting.

“Your testimony is particularly urgent given the troubling influx of reports of widespread delays at postal facilities across the country — as well as President Trump’s explicit admission last week that he has been blocking critical coronavirus funding for the Postal Service in order to impair mail-in voting efforts for the upcoming elections in November,” Maloney wrote in a letter.

The Hill has reached out to the USPS and the FBI for comment.