Lawyers: The Removal Of Mail Sort Machines Constitute ‘Felonies’ In Progress
Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has sanctioned the removal of mail-sorting machines all over the country, prompting concerns that the move is part of a ploy to sabotage mail operations ahead of the upcoming election, according to Law & Crime.
- Federal criminal defense attorney Tor Ekeland spoke out against the move, telling Law & Crime:
“Tampering with the mail and federal elections are crimes no matter who does it. Just because you run the bank doesn’t mean you get to steal the money. This reeks of mail and election fraud–the scheme to defraud using the removal of mail sorting machines without reason as a means to inhibit mail in voting. These are felonies and should be investigated and prosecuted appropriately.”
- There have been 19 machines removed from processing centers around the country, which coincides with increased interest in mail-in ballots as a public health measure to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
- With the increased need for efficient mail service, many are wondering the rationale behind the removal of the mail-sorting machines. Westchester County District Attorney candidate Mimi Rocah (D) stated:
“If this is being done at the direction or suggestion of the President to intentionally slow or minimize voter participation, in other words to sabotage the election, then it’s a clear abuse of Presidential power. Congress must act and the press must hold elected Republicans accountable for not stopping this.”
- President Trump has repeatedly criticized both the postal service and mail-in voting. He even suggested during an appearance on Fox News that he would withhold money from the postal service to weaken mail-in voting:
“They need that money in order to make the Post Office work, so it can take all of these millions and millions of ballots. T]hat means you can’t have universal mail-in voting, because they’re not equipped.”