As the nation’s postmaster general faces new allegations, the Trump administration is responding to the latest staffing controversy.
President Donald Trump, however, pulled no punches in asserting that if Louis DeJoy is guilty of any wrongdoing, he should be removed from his post immediately, as reported by the Daily Caller.
“We’ll see how that goes”
Reports broke this week from multiple sources alleging that numerous employees at DeJoy’s former company engaged in potentially improper campaign donations. As The New York Times reported, the employees donated to the same Republican candidates on the same day.
In a follow-up from the Washington Post, DeJoy was accused of pressuring the individuals to make the transactions and even reimbursing them afterward.
With congressional hearings set to get to the bottom of this brewing scandal, DeJoy could be in serious trouble if found guilty of campaign finance violations.
Of course, he is entitled to due process, which Trump referenced in remarks this week on the subject of his postmaster general.
“Let the investigations go,” he said. “We’ll see how that goes. I think he’s a very honest guy.”
“If something can be proven”
While that might not be good enough for DeJoy’s many critics on the left, the president made it clear that he would not hesitate to send the official packing if the allegations against him are proven to be valid.
“Yes, if something can be proven,” he said in response to a specific question about potentially replacing DeJoy.
The latest accusations against DeJoy come after weeks of criticism regarding the perception among some Democrats that he has worked to undermine the U.S. Postal Service in an effort to delegitimize an election during which millions more voters are expected to cast a mail-in ballot than in a typical election year.
DeJoy faced a battery of pointed questions from Democratic lawmakers last month during testimony before the House oversight and reform committee, but affirmed that he did not authorize any cuts based on political influence and noted that some were instituted before he took office earlier this year.
Given the left’s disdain toward DeJoy, the latest allegations are hardly surprising. While Trump is right to reserve judgment until an investigation has concluded, it is reassuring to know that he will not hesitate to hold his staff accountable if needed.