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Schumer demands details of postmaster general selection process

Schumer demands details of postmaster general selection process
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Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerNikki Haley unveils PAC ahead of possible 2024 White House bid Trump calls for 'NO violence' amid concerns of threats around inauguration Amazon cites death threats in push to keep Parler offline MORE (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday pressed for details on how the Postal Service Board of Governors selected 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 them of blocking Congress from questioning a firm involved in the process.

Schumer sent a letter to board Chairman Robert Duncan, urging them to be "fully transparent" about the board's selection of DeJoy, a Trump donor who, unlike recent predecessors, was not a career postal employee.

"Since assuming his position, Mr. DeJoy has made a series of damaging operational changes that have led to reports of dramatic delays in the delivery of mail, including paychecks, prescription drugs, and mail-in ballots. These delays — taking place during a devastating global pandemic and a national election — have only heightened the need for answers on why Mr. DeJoy was selected," Schumer wrote.

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The board told Schumer in July that much of the information he was requesting on DeJoy's selection process was "confidential." In Wednesday's letter, Schumer said the board of governors was preventing Russell Reynolds Associates, a firm used to help pick the next postmaster general, from speaking with Congress by refusing to waive a nondisclosure agreement.

"I request that you immediately release Russell Reynolds from any non-disclosure agreement so that Congress and the communities served by the Postal Service can obtain the full story behind Mr. DeJoy’s selection. I also call on you to direct the Board to provide a complete and fulsome explanation of the role of President TrumpDonald TrumpEx-Trump lawyer Cohen to pen forward for impeachment book Murkowski says it would be 'appropriate' to bar Trump from holding office again Man known as 'QAnon Shaman' asks Trump for pardon after storming Capitol MORE and Secretary Mnuchin in the search process for a new Postmaster and the selection of Mr. DeJoy," Schumer wrote.

He added that his office had learned of calls Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven MnuchinTreasury Department sanctions inner circle of Russian agent Derkach for election interference Sanders defends push to impeach Trump: Insurrection won't be tolerated Ben Carson dismisses 25th Amendment talk: 'As a nation we need to heal' MORE had with members of the board of governors "which has not been previously disclosed by the Board."

The Postal Service has found itself in the middle of a political firestorm as DeJoy faced bipartisan backlash over mail delays and concerns that changes being implemented would affect its ability to handle a potential surge in mail-in ballots expected this fall due to the coronavirus.

DeJoy announced this week that he would delay any changes until after the election "to avoid even the appearance of any impact on election mail." But Democrats are still pursuing the matter, with the House slated to vote Saturday on legislation that's expected to include provisions providing $25 billion in funding and preventing the Postal Service from implementing changes to operations that it had in place as of January.