Nov. 10 (UPI) — A Pennsylvania postal employee recanted allegations of poll tampering that have been cited by Republicans in a name for a federal investigation, a Home committee stated Tuesday.
The Home committee on oversight and reform tweeted that U.S. Postal service worker Richard Hopkins signed an affidavit recanting his claims of poll tampering and fraud after an investigation by the USPS inspector normal was launched final week.
“USPS IG investigators knowledgeable committee employees as we speak that they interviewed Hopkins on Friday however that Hopkins RECANTED HIS ALLEGATIONS yesterday and didn’t clarify why he signed a false affidavit,” the committee wrote.
On Tuesday evening, President Donald Trump retweeted a video of Hopkins denying that he had recanted his assertion, describing him as “a courageous patriot.”
Hopkins had initially signed an affidavit swearing he overheard a postmaster in Erie, Pa., instructing postal employees to backdate ballots in Pennsylvania mailed after Nov. 3.
The Erie postmaster, Rob Weisenbach, denied the allegations as 100% false and stated the claims have been made “by an worker that was lately disciplined a number of instances.”
“The Erie Submit Workplace didn’t backdate any ballots,” Wesenbach stated.
On Monday, U.S. Legal professional Common William Barr instructed federal prosecutors to research “substantial allegations of vote tabulation irregularities” earlier than election outcomes are licensed.
His resolution adopted a name from Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., for the Justice Division and USPS to research Hopkins’ claims.
Trump has not conceded the presidential race to Joe Biden and has issued numerous authorized challenges to election ends in a number of states together with Pennsylvania.
On Monday, attorneys normal from 10 states filed an amicus transient urging the U.S. Supreme Courtroom to overturn the Pennsylvania Supreme Courtroom’s resolution to increase the state’s deadline for receiving mail-in ballots.
Trump’s marketing campaign additionally filed a lawsuit in Pennsylvania alleging the state’s use of mail-in ballots created a “two-tier” voting system for the overall election.