Trump defends U.S. Postal Service changes as Democrats mount pressure


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Voting by mail is nothing new in the United States, and one in four voters cast ballots that way in 2016.

Democrats in Congress, alarmed at Postal Service changes put in motion under Trump with the election looming, stepped up pressure on the president and his Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, a major Trump political donor.

The Democratic-led House of Representatives will meet on Saturday to consider legislation prohibiting changes to Postal Service levels that were in place on Jan. 1, 2020, the chamber’s No. 2 Democrat, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, said. The first votes are expected as early as 11 a.m. EDT (1500 GMT).

Concerned by the cuts coming in a year when up to half of U.S. voters could cast ballots by mail, Democrats have pointed specifically to reductions in overtime, restrictions on extra mail transportation trips and new mail sorting and delivery policies as changes that threaten to slow mail delivery.

CRIMINAL PROBE SOUGHT

House Democratic Conference Chairman Hakeem Jeffries and Representative Ted Lieu also called on the FBI to open a criminal probe into DeJoy.

“There is evidence that making mail-in balloting more difficult may be one of the motivations for the changes instituted at the Post Office,” Jeffries and Lieu wrote in a Monday letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray.

“There is also evidence that the Postmaster General has a financial stake in multiple financial entities that are either competitors to or contractors for the Post Office,” the lawmakers added.

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