The FBI is reportedly investigating Postmaster General Louis DeJoy for a straw-donor scheme in which he allegedly pressured employees to make political contributions at his behest and then compensated them with company bonuses.
MSNBC anchor Alex Witt interviewed former FBI Assistant Director Frank Figliuzzi for analysis of the latest on DeJoy.
"Look, the FBI is very closed mouth about what they're looking at, but we do know it involves allegations of illegal campaign contributions," Figliuzzi said. "Essentially, there's a straw donor scheme being alleged. Why do we know this? DeJoy's former employees at the private firm have come forward to journalists and said we were pressured to give money to this GOP, this candidate and the public records of contributions show employee after employee giving about the same amount of money, even on the same days, showing kind of an orchestrated, coordinated effort. What's wrong with that? It evades transparency about who's really behind big money donations, who's really calling the shots and influencing the outcome of elections."
"Personally, we know DeJoy personally was responsible for giving over $1.1 million to Trump re-election, GOP re-election efforts," he continued. "So this guy didn't need a job, by the way, as postmaster general. He was doing really well with his logistics firm, they needed him in the job, the GOP needed him as postmaster general."
"So now we have a postmaster general, Alex, whose employees and open records indicate was likely circumventing election law, but now we have a postmaster general hand-picked by Trump, still there, who's done what? Manipulate the mail just before a crucial presidential election with a record number of mail-in votes. And we know through public records that the mail was significantly delayed by DeJoy in key swing states," he noted.
And illegal donations may not be the only crimes facing DeJoy, the host played a clip of DeJoy denying the straw donor fundraising scheme before Congress.
"What do you make of it?" Witt asked.
"I make he may have exposed himself to lying to Congress charges, perjury charges because his employees are saying something very different," Figliuzzi replied. "Essentially he was an operative for the GOP party, when they needed money he figured out how to do it, how to evade the laws."
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