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Fri Aug 14, 2020, 07:30 PM

Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. criminal referral to the New Jersey A.G. about Trump, DeJoy and the USPS

Inbox: Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. has made a criminal referral to the New Jersey A.G. seeking the empaneling of a state grand jury "to look at electoral subversion" by Trump, Postmaster General DeJoy, and other possible Trump officials "in their accelerating arson of the USPS."





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Pascrell Makes Criminal Referral of Trump, DeJoy for Election Subversion

Letter to New Jersey AG seeks grand jury for postal service sabotage in violation of state election laws


U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) tonight made a criminal referral to New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal seeking the empaneling of a state grand jury to look at electoral subversion by Donald Trump, U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, and other possible Trump administration officials in their accelerating arson of the United States Postal Service (USPS). Earlier today, Governor Phil Murphy issued an executive order that will make the state’s November General Election conducted mostly by mail ballot.

“I call upon you to open a wide-ranging investigation of Trump’s actions to interfere in our elections and to empanel a grand jury for the purpose of considering criminal indictments for Donald Trump, U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, members of the United States Postal Service (USPS) Board of Governors, and any other officials in the Trump government that are participating in or have participated in the subversion of New Jersey state elections,” Rep. Pascrell writes New Jersey’s chief law enforcement officer.

In a live televised interview on August 13, 2020, Donald Trump bragged that he is withholding support to the U.S. Postal Service to interfere with voting-by-mail across the country to rig the November 2020 election in his favor. Trump’s open admission confirms recent reporting of widespread delays to Americans’ mail and package delivery and the deliberate sabotage of USPS functions and operations at the behest of administration orders.

“American democracy is today in question. What we do today can make a difference in our future. Please act decisively,” Pascrell concludes.

Since this crisis began, Rep. Pascrell has been aggressively demanding accountability. On May 21, Pascrell wrote to USPS Inspector General Tammy Whitcomb demanding an investigation of turmoil at the USPS, purportedly stemming from a pattern of interference engineered by the Trump administration in its efforts to destabilize the post office. On August 12, Pascrell again called on IG Whitcomb to probe postal turmoil. After soliciting responses from constituents, this week Rep. Pascrell released a slate of stories from North Jersey residents in the Ninth District describing the impact of Trump and Republicans’ vicious vandalism against USPS.

Pascrell has been a leader in Congress demanding reform to return the USPS to its former glory and strengthen it so it remains an integral part of American life, goals he outlined in a well-received April 2019 essay in Washington Monthly. Pascrell is a cosponsor of H.R. 2382, the USPS Fairness Act that would finally remove the health care prefunding anchor that has been strangling USPS since 2007. Pascrell is also a strong supporter of widespread postal banking, and in June 2019 his bipartisan amendment allocating $1 million to begin funding a postal banking system was passed by the House of Representatives.

Rep. Pascrell’s letter to AG Grewal is available here, the text of which is provided below.
August 14, 2020



The Honorable Gurbir S. Grewal

New Jersey Attorney General
Richard J. Hughes Justice Complex
25 Market Street, Box 080
Trenton, NJ 08625-0080





Dear Attorney General Grewal:



Your office has done much to ensure that elections in our state are carried out during this pandemic. However, these efforts are being undermined by Donald Trump’s attempts to interfere in our state and across the nation. Therefore, I call upon you to open a wide-ranging investigation of Trump’s actions to interfere in our elections and to empanel a grand jury for the purpose of considering criminal indictments for Donald Trump, U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, members of the United States Postal Service (USPS) Board of Governors, and any other officials in the Trump government that are participating in or have participated in the subversion of New Jersey state elections.



In a live televised interview on August 13, 2020, Donald Trump bragged that he is withholding support to the U.S. Postal Service to interfere with voting-by-mail across the country to rig the November 2020 election in his favor. Trump’s open admission confirms recent reporting of widespread delays to Americans’ mail and package delivery and the deliberate sabotage of USPS functions and operations at the behest of administration orders. This includes the removal of hundreds of mail sorting machines from postal facilities across the country (with some being thrown into dumpsters)[ii] and orders from Postmaster DeJoy to deliberately slow mail service.[iii] In addition, he has suggested that states must pay first class postage for mail-in ballots, in contrast to the long-established practice of charging the marketing rate (20 cents). After soliciting responses from my own constituents in the Ninth District, I can attest that our neighbors are facing habitually slower mail delivery across North Jersey communities.[iv] Even though it is unclear if the turmoil at USPS is impacting New Jersey less or more than other states, the Washington Post suggests delays in New Jersey are acute and our citizens are being hurt.[v]



Because movement of our mail crosses channels of interstate commerce, obstruction of the mails generally is subject to federal jurisdiction.[vi] Nevertheless, interference in voting-by-mail and state elections is amply covered by New Jersey state law. This includes Title 19:34-20, Soliciting or procuring or assisting unlawful registration of other violations of election law;[vii] Title 19:34-29, Obstructing or interfering with voter;[viii] Title 19:34-35, Interference with conduct of election;[ix] Title 19:53A-15, Tampering with or willfully injuring record or equipment or interference with conduct of election; penalty;[x] application of laws; and Title 19:63-28, Violations, third degree crime; penalties.[xi] The deliberate interference with state elections by the Trump administration and its adjutants may run afoul of these and perhaps other state criminal statutes designed to protect the integrity of the electoral process.



As you know, Governor Murphy has announced that New Jersey will conduct its November 2020 general election voting almost entirely by mail, following our all-mail primary elections of July 7. Only 81 days remain before the general election this fall and voting will commence much sooner in a matter of weeks. We do not have much time to prepare and our state, like others, will rely absolutely on the USPS’s efficiency. Amid this ongoing pandemic, the USPS will be the electoral heart and engine of New Jersey’s and America’s electoral machinery.



Consequently, all of us must do whatever we can right now to protect the integrity of our elections. I implore you to open an immediate investigation into whether the Trump administration’s attacks on the U.S. Postal Service violate New Jersey state laws against electoral subversion, and if so, pursue criminal and civil charges against Donald Trump, Louis DeJoy, and any other high-ranking officials involved.



American democracy is today in question. What we do today can make a difference in our future. Please act decisively.



Sincerely,





Bill Pascrell, Jr.

Member of Congress

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Reply Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. criminal referral to the New Jersey A.G. about Trump, DeJoy and the USPS (Original post)
steve2470 Aug 14 OP
CatWoman Aug 14 #1
SheltieLover Aug 14 #2
LisaL Aug 14 #7
SheltieLover Aug 14 #9
Eyeball_Kid Aug 14 #21
Thomas Hurt Aug 14 #3
CatWoman Aug 14 #4
mr_lebowski Aug 14 #5
steve2470 Aug 14 #6
triron Aug 14 #8
SheltieLover Aug 14 #10
madashelltoo Aug 14 #15
onetexan Aug 14 #19
tinymontgomery Aug 14 #23
bucolic_frolic Aug 15 #30
mr_lebowski Aug 15 #31
stillcool Aug 14 #11
42bambi Aug 14 #12
niyad Aug 14 #22
bucolic_frolic Aug 14 #13
calimary Aug 14 #14
lsewpershad Aug 14 #16
Mossfern Aug 14 #24
lsewpershad Aug 14 #17
FailureToCommunicate Aug 14 #26
onetexan Aug 14 #18
Illumination Aug 14 #20
gademocrat7 Aug 14 #25
orangecrush Aug 15 #27
NCjack Aug 15 #28
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Cha Aug 15 #32

Response to steve2470 (Original post)

Fri Aug 14, 2020, 07:30 PM

1. YEAH!!!!!!

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Response to steve2470 (Original post)

Fri Aug 14, 2020, 07:30 PM

2. Impeach him again!

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Response to SheltieLover (Reply #2)

Fri Aug 14, 2020, 07:43 PM

7. Yep, for conspiracy to interfere with the election.

Considering he admitted he doesn't want USPS to get any funds because he doesn't want USPS to be able deliver mail ballots.

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Response to LisaL (Reply #7)

Fri Aug 14, 2020, 07:45 PM

9. Absolutely!

Some will say unpopular, but I don't think so.

Good premptive move, imo.👍

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Response to SheltieLover (Reply #2)

Fri Aug 14, 2020, 09:05 PM

21. No. This won't work.

But a Court Order might. Multiple Court Orders have an even better chance. But ultimately, the best outcome from Court Orders is a unified national outrage that more convincingly pushes the nation toward revulsion of the Trump Era. There’s still time to pressure LaJoy and Trump into opening the vote. Trump needs to know that NOTHING will stop his defeat, and that all attempts to interfere will only make his life worse after his defeat.

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Response to steve2470 (Original post)

Fri Aug 14, 2020, 07:30 PM

3. Now we are getting some push back...

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Response to steve2470 (Original post)

Fri Aug 14, 2020, 07:34 PM

4. K; R

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Response to steve2470 (Original post)

Fri Aug 14, 2020, 07:41 PM

5. A Representative from EVERY SINGLE STATE should be doing this same thing until

A criminal investigation has been officially opened somewhere, preferably multiple somewheres.

Every Democrat in Congress should be screaming bloody murder over this shit he's trying to pull.

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Response to mr_lebowski (Reply #5)

Fri Aug 14, 2020, 07:42 PM

6. agreed !!! nt

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Response to mr_lebowski (Reply #5)

Fri Aug 14, 2020, 07:43 PM

8. Yep. I better get on the phone to my rep.

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Response to mr_lebowski (Reply #5)

Fri Aug 14, 2020, 07:46 PM

10. Absolutely

And impeach the mofo on this.

Watch gop senate squirm. Go against whole country or chump? 👊👊👊🤣👍

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Response to mr_lebowski (Reply #5)

Fri Aug 14, 2020, 08:30 PM

15. EVERY STATE!

🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬

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Response to mr_lebowski (Reply #5)

Fri Aug 14, 2020, 09:01 PM

19. There are states' AGs & Secretaries of State working on it. MSNBC has had this on every show

nonstop last couple days. I thought Ali Velshi was going to pop out of his skin yesterday and likewise with Rachel Maddow. I trust our Dems elected leaders are also doing what they need to do.

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Response to mr_lebowski (Reply #5)

Fri Aug 14, 2020, 09:33 PM

23. If he doesn't come in when issued a subpoena

If he doesn't come in when issued a subpoena then arrest
his ass as soon as possible, screw that executive privilege. If he is
hiding in the Whit House grab him when he comes out no matter who wins.
Their state AG, the White House can't protect him.

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Response to mr_lebowski (Reply #5)

Sat Aug 15, 2020, 05:55 PM

30. The Congressman's initiative shows how we're going to have to think OUTSIDE THE BOX

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Response to bucolic_frolic (Reply #30)

Sat Aug 15, 2020, 06:00 PM

31. It was genius ... now a rep in every state should follow suit ...

Literally every state's election system is under attack, because every state allows absentee/mail-in ballots under at least SOME conditions.

There should be a criminal case in every state AFAIC.

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Response to steve2470 (Original post)

Fri Aug 14, 2020, 07:50 PM

11. ooh...thank you.

I got to bookmark this....can use it as a cheat-sheet to write some of my reps.

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Response to steve2470 (Original post)

Fri Aug 14, 2020, 08:03 PM

12. How about invoking the 25th Amendment? Call for a vote. nt

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Response to 42bambi (Reply #12)

Fri Aug 14, 2020, 09:23 PM

22. The Cabinet secretaries. Will not vote to 25/4 his ass. Grifting cowards all.

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Response to steve2470 (Original post)

Fri Aug 14, 2020, 08:04 PM

13. Yes, Yes, Yes, yes, and YES!

You go for jurisdiction, investigation, criminality .... this is blowing sky high!!

You want to sell the USPS, privatize it, we can have that debate. But you want to subvert the operation of the USPS in order to cheat in a national election, and you want to lie about it?

That's just unAmerican, unfair, and ought to be investigated to the fullest extent of the law. They catch somebody filling that ticket they should throw them in jail for 35 years. No less!

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Response to steve2470 (Original post)

Fri Aug 14, 2020, 08:12 PM

14. NOW we're talking.

You're going to be facing criminal charges Louie-baby.

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Response to steve2470 (Original post)

Fri Aug 14, 2020, 08:45 PM

16. He loves to go to the courts to terrorize

his opponents. Time to bust his behind at his game.

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Response to lsewpershad (Reply #16)

Fri Aug 14, 2020, 10:00 PM

24. You can say that again!

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Response to steve2470 (Original post)

Fri Aug 14, 2020, 08:45 PM

17. He loves to go to the courts to terrorize

his opponents. Time to bust his behind at his game.

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Response to lsewpershad (Reply #17)

Fri Aug 14, 2020, 10:14 PM

26. ...

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Response to steve2470 (Original post)

Fri Aug 14, 2020, 08:56 PM

18. K&R!!

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Response to steve2470 (Original post)

Fri Aug 14, 2020, 09:04 PM

20. More aggression & push back @ this administration! Excellent!

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Response to steve2470 (Original post)

Fri Aug 14, 2020, 10:12 PM

25. K&R

Keep up the pressure on this cabal.

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Response to steve2470 (Original post)

Sat Aug 15, 2020, 03:06 PM

27. Kick

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Response to steve2470 (Original post)

Sat Aug 15, 2020, 03:39 PM

28. When I look at DeJoy, who is an American Fascist, i see that he is

a human torpedo for Trump. He will drive himself as hard and far into the USPS as he can to do the max damage. After that, he will resist with the best lawyers money can buy, but he knows that he will go to prison. Blowing himself to pieces will be d'joy.

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Response to steve2470 (Original post)

Sat Aug 15, 2020, 05:53 PM

29. To me this is the boldest action undertaken by a Congressman in memory

It really captures the scope, the deed, the times, the intent, the outrage.

It's a we're not going to take it anymore moment.

NJ has the political will to proceed. Very encouraging.

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Response to steve2470 (Original post)

Sat Aug 15, 2020, 06:04 PM

32. This is super Hopeful.. Retweeted! Mahalo, Rep Bill Pascrell, Jr!

Mahalo, steve!

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