Multi-State Lawsuit Filed Against Trump Admin Over Recent USPS Changes
According to Law & Crime, attorneys general in three states and top attorneys for two major cities have filed a lawsuit against President Trump and Postmaster General Louis DeJoy “claiming that the defendants have directed and overseen changes to the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) that violate federal law and the U.S. Constitution.”
- The lawsuit was filed in the “U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia by the attorneys general of New York, New Jersey, Hawaii, and the City Attorneys for San Francisco and New York City.”
- The complaint accuses the Trump administration of a “concerted effort to interfere with the agency and with states’ plans to expand mail-in voting due to the public health crisis” by way of significant administrative and operational changes at the USPS.
“The agency eliminated or substantially altered a number of operational policies and practices that were mission-critical to the timely delivery of mail,” the complaint stated. “Specifically, the U.S. Postal Service removed hundreds of collection boxes and high-speed sorting machines; cut or curtailed overtime; prohibited needed late trips and extra trips; and began a pilot program in almost 400 localities that turned how the agency processes mail on its head.”
- The attorneys general “asked the court to declare that recent changes to the agency were unconstitutional and in direct violation of the agency’s statutory authority under federal law,” Law & Crime wrote.
- “The complaint argues that under the Postal Reorganization Act (PRA) of 1970, Congress mandated that the USPS abide by specific statutory commands before taking any actions that may affect its policies or operations,” the report continued, “which include submitting a proposal explaining the modifications, hold a public hearing, and request an official advisory opinion.”
- In light of the alleged unlawful actions, the attorneys general “asked the court to vacate all the recent changes made to the USPS under Trump and DeJoy’s leadership, and to halt the agency from implementing any further the changes on the grounds that they violate statutory and constitutional law.”
“This USPS slowdown is nothing more than a voter suppression tactic,” New York’s Attorney General Letitia James said in a statement. “Yet, this time, these authoritarian actions are not only jeopardizing our democracy and fundamental right to vote, but the immediate health and financial well-being of Americans across the nation. We will do everything in our power to stop the president’s power grab and ensure every eligible voter has the opportunity to cast a ballot come November.”