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 mentioned 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 basic was launched final week.
“USPS IG investigators knowledgeable committee workers 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.
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 mentioned the claims have been made “by an worker that was just lately disciplined a number of occasions.”
“The Erie Put up Workplace didn’t backdate any ballots,” Wesenbach mentioned.
On Monday, U.S. Legal professional Common William Barr instructed federal prosecutors to analyze “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 analyze Hopkins’ claims.
President Donald Trump has not conceded the presidential race to Joe Biden and has issued a variety of authorized challenges to election ends in a number of states together with Pennsylvania.
On Monday, attorneys basic from 10 states filed an amicus temporary 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.