Tlaib, Porter and Speier Lead Push to Hold Postmaster General DeJoy Accountable for Contradictory Testimony, Conflicts of Interest

Sep 17, 2020
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WASHINGTON—Today, Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib (MI-13), Katie Porter (CA-45), and Jackie Speier (CA-14) led 15 of their U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform colleagues in sending a letter to United States Postal Service Postmaster General Louis DeJoy requesting the embattled Trump appointee answer additional questions related to his Aug 24 testimony before the Committee, such as details of his relationship with Amazon.com, Inc. that directly contradicted a Periodic Transaction Report (PTR) he filed in July.

“This testimony under oath is not supported by the information you provided in your PTR, calling the accuracy of your entire financial disclosure and all of the testimony you have given under oath to the Committee into question,” the lawmakers wrote. “Furthermore, given that ethics officials within the United States Postal Service signed off on your financial disclosure, any inaccuracies in your report, whether intentional or unintentional, raise serious concerns about the policies and processes that they use to review said disclosures.”

The lawmakers went on to ask DeJoy answer whether:

  • He owned any Amazon.com, Inc. stock or stock options at any time during his tenure as Postmaster General as indicated on his financial disclosure;
  • He purchased written Amazon call options on June 24, and misrepresented, intentionally or unintentionally, this transaction on his financial disclosure;
  • If there indeed was a mistake on his financial disclosure, whether he aware of this issue prior to his August 24, testimony;
  • And seven other questions related to conflicts of interest.

Tlaib grilled DeJoy over his “problematic and illegal” financial interests in Amazon and “vested interested” in seeing President Trump remain in office during his August 24 testimony. Last month, she also led over 70 members of the House in another letter to DeJoy requesting an immediate investigation into the impact of his sweeping changes to the U.S. Postal Service.

Full text of the letter, list of questions, and 18 cosigners can be found here.

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