Rep. Gerry ConnollyGerald (Gerry) Edward ConnollyHome Democrats name on Biden to fill Postal Service Board vacancies to pave manner for ousting DeJoy Trump’s assault on the federal authorities is not over LIVE COVERAGE: Home votes to question Trump after Capitol rebel MORE (D-Va.) throughout a Home panel on Wednesday pushed again towards GOP lawmakers’ claims of partisanship in calls to take away Trump-appointed Postmaster Common Louis DeJoyLouis DeJoyHome Democrats name on Biden to fill Postal Service Board vacancies to pave manner for ousting DeJoy Duckworth urges Biden to oust complete Postal Service board The Hill’s Morning Report – Offered TikTok – Day 1 goes to Dems as GOP fumes at Trump legal professionals MORE, with the Virginia congressman saying he would “not be lectured folks,” who voted to overturn the 2020 presidential election.
The alternate got here throughout DeJoy’s listening to earlier than the Home Oversight and Reform Committee over his cost-cutting measures carried out within the months main as much as the November election.
Connolly was among the many 80 Democratic lawmakers who earlier this month known as on President BidenJoe BidenHoyer: Home will vote on COVID-19 aid invoice Friday Pence huddles with senior members of Republican Examine Committee Powell pushes again on GOP inflation fears MORE to fill three vacancies on the U.S. Postal Service’s Board of Governors, which might pave the best way to doubtlessly take away DeJoy from his place.
In a single a part of the listening to, Connolly addressed remarks made Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanThe Memo: Biden bets massive on immigration The Memo: Limbaugh’s divisive legacy GOP lawmakers mourn loss of life of Rush Limbaugh MORE (R-Ohio), who argued that earlier scrutiny over DeJoy’s efficiency was a politically motivated “charade,” main as much as the election.
Jordan particularly identified that DeJoy across the time of his August committee listening to “had protesters banging on pots and pans outdoors” his home, with many calling for him to resign.
“You have been the worst man on the planet final time you have been right here. I simply need to know what’s modified,” Jordan requested.
DeJoy responded, “Effectively, we had an election.”
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Connolly responded accusing Jordan of “gaslighting,” whereas drawing consideration away from the mail delays.
“All of the gaslighting that we simply heard doesn’t change info,” Connolly stated, including that it was former President TrumpDonald TrumpRomney: ‘Fairly positive’ Trump would win 2024 GOP nomination if he ran for president Pence huddles with senior members of Republican Examine Committee Trump says ‘little question’ Tiger Woods shall be again after accident MORE himself who began ramping up unsupported claims final summer season that voting mail was rampant with huge voter fraud.
“The purpose is, it was Donald Trump, the Republican nominee, who was planting the concept, aided and abetted disruptive modifications proposed a brand new postmaster basic and a compliant board of governors that truly eroded public confidence within the potential to vote mail,” Connolly argued. “That wasn’t a Democratic narrative, that was a Republican narrative the president of america and his enablers.”
Connolly then responded to earlier feedback from Rep. Jody HiceJody Brownlow Hice42 GOP lawmakers press for fencing round Capitol to be eliminated Georgia elections chief refutes election claims in letter to Congress READ: The Republicans who voted to problem election outcomes MORE (R-Ga.), who defended DeJoy from what he known as “unfounded” allegations from some Democrats that the postmaster basic intentionally sabotaged mail-in voting forward of the November election.
Connolly stated, “I didn’t vote to overturn an election, and I can’t be lectured individuals who did about partisanship.”
Each Hice and Jordan have been among the many GOP lawmakers who voted in favor of rejecting slates of President Biden electors from Arizona and Pennsylvania over unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud that altered the end result of the elections.
DeJoy, a serious GOP donor who beforehand labored as a logistic firm government, started enacting measures like eradicating mail sorting machines after changing into postmaster basic in June.
He then put additional cost-cutting initiatives on maintain till after the November elections to handle criticism that the modifications have been supposed to undermine the follow of mail-in voting, which a report variety of folks relied on for the 2020 election amid the pandemic.