Postmaster General Louis DeJoy was called out by CNN.com on Wednesday for continuing to hold a stake in a company that the United States Postal Service uses as a contractor while he holds his position.
CNN called DeJoy’s investment in XPO Logistics a serious conflict of interest.
“Outside experts who spoke to CNN were shocked that ethics officials at the postal service approved this arrangement, which allows DeJoy to keep at least $30 million in XPO holdings,” said the report. “Raising further alarms, on the same day in June that DeJoy divested large amounts of Amazon shares, he purchased stock options giving him the right to buy new shares of Amazon at a price much lower than their current market price, according to the disclosures.”
“DeJoy already faces bipartisan criticism for implementing disruptive changes after taking over the USPS on June 15, including eliminating overtime for many workers,” CNN noted. “Democrats also claim he is intentionally slowing down mail delivery to sabotage absentee voting in the November election — a charge he denies.”
According to a Washington Post report from Wednesday, a postal worker in Michigan explained that every election year ballots are treated as “first-class mail” giving it a priority to ensure that votes are counted. Yet, DeJoy has ordered the post office to treat it “like bulk-rate mail,” where it won’t have the same priority.
Critics fear that Trump is using DeJoy to steal the 2020 election for him and his GOP allies.