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Mon Aug 17, 2020, 05:23 PM

10. Lawsuit

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Donald Trump
Lawsuit against Trump, postal chief seeks proper funding
2 hours ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Several individuals including candidates for public office sued President Donald Trump and the U.S. Postal Service and its new postmaster general in New York on Monday to ensure adequate funding for postal operations.

The lawsuit was filed in Manhattan federal court as multiple lawsuits were threatened across the country as a response to comments the president recently made and actions taken by newly appointed Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to change operations at post offices nationwide.

The lawsuit alleges that Trump and DeJoy are trying to ensure the postal service cannot reliably deliver election mail

More than dozen U.S. states expected to sue Trump administration over postal cuts
By Karen Freifeld and Sarah N. Lynch 2 hrs ago

United States Postal Service (USPS) mailboxes are seen stored outside a USPS post office facility in the Bronx New York
(Reuters) - More than a dozen states as early as this week are expected to sue the Trump administration over cuts at the United States Postal Service they say could delay mail-in ballots in the November elections, Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh said on Monday.

Frosh said anywhere between 15 to 20 Democratic attorneys general are reviewing legal arguments, and he expects that the states involved will join in one, or possibly several, lawsuits.
“We are talking with other AG offices and expecting to take action soon,” Frosh said.
Frosh said that in Maryland, the service has pulled six sorting machines. “They pulled four out in one location,” in the Democratic stronghold of Baltimore City, he said.
Connecticut Attorney General William Tong said in an interview that it would be unconstitutional to physically bar someone from voting or block the roads so people could not get to polling stations.
"So, too, it's illegal to intentionally defund the postal service or dismantle close to 700 mail sorting machines in big cities across the country or to remove blue mail boxes, which we've heard about," Tong said.

Berg & Androphy: President Trump, Postmaster General DeJoy Are Accused of Voter Suppression Conspiracy in U.S. Postal Service Lawsuit
Lawsuit seeks restoration of mail sorting machines, lifting of postal worker hiring freeze, and court order preventing interference in Presidential election

Berg & Androphy
Aug 17, 2020, 16:58 ET

WASHINGTON, Aug. 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- President Donald J. Trump and his campaign contributor Postmaster General Louis DeJoy are accused in a lawsuit filed today of conspiring to use the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to suppress mail-in votes in the 2020 election, the Berg & Androphy law firm said.

According to David Berg, founder of Berg & Androphy, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy is "doing Trump's bidding, slowing mail delivery and putting his thumb on the electoral scales, ensuring chaos during the Fall elections and, along with Trump, sowing doubt in the minds of Americans about the integrity of the outcome. In the name of cost-cutting at USPS, he has instead compromised the constitutional right of Americans to vote, gutting key postal service efficiencies by removing high speed mail sorting machines that sort flat mail like ballots, from post offices nationwide, freezing additional hiring, cutting off overtime and prohibiting postal workers from making extra or later trips to complete deliveries."

The lawsuit seeks replacement of removed USPS high-speed mail sorting machines and restoration of them to normal function and operation, restoration of USPS employee overtime pay, lifting of USPS hiring freeze, and a court order enjoining the President, Postmaster General and USPS from interfering with the plaintiffs' fundamental right to vote in U.S. elections.

The case is "Teresa Richardson, et al., v. Donald J. Trump, Louis DeJoy, and United States Postal Service," Case No. 1:20-cv-02262 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

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