Trump Campaign Clings To Retracted USPS Voter Fraud Claim - 2020-11-11
Richard Hopkins, the USPS employee, had told Project Veritas, an incredibly dubious organization that has frequently edited misleading videos and statements to benefit conservatives, that he had overheard the postmaster in Erie, Pennsylvania, tell a postal supervisor to backdate any ballots that came in after Election Day as if they had been received on time to be counted. Hopkins was not named in the initial Project Veritas video and his image was blurred, but the site later revealed his identity with his permission, the organization said.
On Monday, however, the Erie postmaster, Robert Weisenbach, posted on Facebook that Hopkins' allegations were "100% false" and "made by an employee that was recently disciplined multiple times." And on Tuesday, the Washington Post reported that Hopkins had told the USPS's Office of Inspector General that his story was not true and that he had signed a new affidavit recanting his earlier story. The House Oversight Committee also tweeted Tuesday that the inspector general's office had informed committee members that Hopkins had signed the sworn affidavit that his earlier story was not true. After the Post story was published, Hopkins posted a video denying that he'd recanted his story.
Republicans had already run with Hopkins' statement. Donald Trump Jr., the president's son, has tweeted repeatedly about his allegations. Sen. Lindsey Graham has asked the Justice Department to investigate his claims. And Trump's campaign included some of Hopkins' now-rescinded testimony in a court filing on Monday asking the US District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania to delay the state from certifying its election results.