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FBI Investigating Postmaster General Louis DeJoy Over Fundraising

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Allegations regarding U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s political donations while CEO of New Breed Logistics, a North Carolina-based firm, came out last year. Months later, it seems as the U.S. Department of Justice may have enough evidence to conduct an investigation.

What We Know:

  • DeJoy was selected by former President Donald Trump to become head of the U.S. Postal Service in May 2020. Before that, he worked in the private sector for over three decades and was considered a “Republican megadonor,” even donating to Trump’s presidential campaign.
  • Last September, The Washington Post broke the story of how former employees of DeJoy felt pressured to donate to Republican candidates. In turn, DeJoy would compensate them with lavish gifts and bonuses. DeJoy has stated that he was unaware that his former employees felt pressured to contribute to various GOP candidates and “believes that he has always followed campaign fundraising laws and regulations.”

North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stern stated, “it is against the law to directly or indirectly reimburse someone for a political contribution” and that “any credible allegations of such actions merit investigation by the appropriate state and federal authorities.”

  • Before the Nov. 3rd presidential election, DeJoy was called to testify in front of the House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Reform regarding allegations of sabotaging the 2020 election by cutting cost and slowing down the processing of mail-in ballots. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi felt this move by DeJoy would, in turn, benefit Trump during the election, stating, “the President has explicitly stated his intention to manipulate the Postal Service to deny eligible voters access to the ballot in pursuit of his own re-election.”
  • During his congressional hearing last year, Rep. Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.) asked DeJoy, “did you pay back several of your top executives for contributing to Trump’s campaign by bonusing or rewarding them?” To which DeJoy replied, “That’s an outrageous claim, sir, and I resent it…the answer is no.”
  • Mark Corallo, a spokesman for DeJoy, has stated, “fully cooperated with and answered questions posed by Congress regarding these matters…the same is true of the Postal Service Inspector General’s inquiry which after a thorough investigation gave Mr. DeJoy a clean bill of health on his disclosure and divestment issues. He expects nothing less in this latest matter, and he intends to work with DOJ toward swiftly resolving it.”

Despite the allegations, DeJoy doesn’t plan on stepping down from Postmaster General anytime soon. When asked how long he plans on staying in the role during the congressional hearings, he responded with, “a long time…get used to me.” DeJoy has since released his 10-year plan for the U.S. Postal Service.

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Biden Calls Out DeSantis’ Refusal on Mask Mandates

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President Joe Biden told reporters that Governors Ron DeSantis’s decisions against mask mandates would eventually have results that will affect constituents.

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  • Biden’s message comes after DeSantis declared he would not impose mask mandates in Florida. DeSantis also said he would withhold funds from any schools that attempt to place guidelines on wearing masks. Currently, Florida faces a severe spike in cases due to the Delta variant and lower vaccination rates.
  • Because of this, Biden gave his stern commandment. The President stated the country needs leadership from everyone, and if some governors do not want “to do the right thing” to beat the pandemic, they should allow businesses and universities to do so. Pres. Biden further reminded the governors that they hold the power to save lives.

 “But if you are not going to help, at least get out of the way of the people who are trying to do the right thing,” said Biden.

  • DeSantis believes the spike in cases is just a pattern, similar to those seen last year despite the President’s pleas. In addition, the Florida governor downplayed the state’s surge in hospitalizations; according to DeSantis, COVID patients only “represent a fraction of the overall hospital beds.”
  • Furthermore, DeSantis responded to Biden’s comments at an August 4th press conference. He claimed the President was singling out Florida over the coronavirus pandemic. Additionally, DeSantis stated Biden did not live up to his promise to end the virus’ spread, as he allows the United States to have a “wide open southern border.” DeSantis stated that until Pres. Biden secures the border, he wishes not to hear anything about COVID from him.

On August 5th, Florida saw 20,133 new COVID-19 cases. On July 31, the state recorded 21,683 cases, the highest number since the pandemic’s beginning; August 5th’s results were only 1,550 test results lower.

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Senate Prepares to Move Forward with Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill

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On Monday, the Senate pushed to pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill just hours after its legislative language was completed and unveiled. Senators who created the proposal expect it to clear the upper chamber in the following days.

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  • Senate negotiators completed the 2,702-page bill on Sunday night. The bill, known as H.R. 3684, aims to provide $550 billion to fund the nation’s roads, bridges, railways, and public transit systems.
  • Since then, the Senate began taking up two amendments to the proposal. In addition, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer previewed three bipartisan amendments for consideration. Currently, it is uncertain how many amendments the Senate will consider. However, Schumer wants to vote on amendments quickly; he also noted that the first three “constitute only the first tranche of potential amendments.”
  • Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell commented that H.R. 3684’s text lays out “a good and important jumping point for what needs to be a robust and bipartisan process” on the Senate floor. McConnell added that an “artificial timetable” must not affect the Senate’s “full consideration” of the bill.
  • On July 28, the bipartisan group of Senators and the White House reached an agreement on H.R. 3684’s details. Officials also voted 66-28 on the deal, which opened the package to potential changes during the amendment process. After this, Senators worked throughout the weekend to hammer out the legislative language.
  • If the Senate passes H.R. 3684, it will be a significant victory for President Joe Biden. A key proposal in his economic agenda, Biden boasted on the impact H.R. 3684 will hold on the nation. On Sunday, he tweeted that the deal is the most important investment in America’s public transit history. He additionally stated the bill will impact the U.S. just as much as the invention of the Amtrak 50 years ago.

If Congress approves H.R. 3684, it will ensure that Democrats may begin work on a $3.5 trillion proposal that focuses on Biden’s plans for childcare, healthcare, education, the environment, and possibly immigration. Doing so will ensure another success on Pres. Biden’s behalf.

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NY Attorney General: Gov. Cuomo harassed women, tried to retaliate against accuser

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NEW YORK — Attorney General Letitia James on Tuesday announced the findings of her inquiry into accusations against Andrew Cuomo, concluding that the governor sexually harassed multiple women. James said victims included current and former employees, and that Cuomo tried to retaliate against at least one woman who came forward. Over 179 people were interviewed.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.

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