A federal judge on Wednesday ripped into Postmaster Louis DeJoy, saying he wants DeJoy to appear under oath to explain why the Postal Service failed to carry out his order to sweep its facilities for ballots on Election Day.
“I agree the postmaster is either going to have to be deposed or testify before me under oath,” Judge Emmet Sullivan of the Washington, DC, district court said.
Sullivan, according to CNN, was angered by the Postal Service’s blowing a deadline he set for Tuesday that required mail inspectors to look for ballots in 12 postal facilities in key swing states.
About 7 percent of ballots – or about 300,000 – in USPS sorting facilities were not processed in time for distribution to election officials on Election Day, the agency said in a court filing, the Washington Post reported.
A court filing by the USPS said that in Philadelphia alone 33.7 percent of mail-in ballots were not delivered to election offices on Election Day.
Attorneys representing the USPS said inspectors were unable to conduct the sweeps because they would have disrupted other postal duties.
“There are only one or two Inspectors in any one facility, and thus they do not have the ability to personally scour the entire facility,” the lawyers wrote.
Sullivan said, “someone may have a price to pay about that.”
“It’s your clients,” Sullivan told a lawyer for the USPS. “I am concerned about your clients, each and every one starting at the top of the food chain.”
DeJoy appeared before the House Oversight Committee in August to testify about cost-cutting measures he instituted – like removing mail sorting machines from post offices – that Democrats said was an attempt to hinder processing the vote.
More than 100 million Americans voted by mail this year because of coronavirus fears.
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