The president says out loud that he won’t give “Democrats” the money the United States Postal Service needs to continue its constitutionally mandated public service. Trump and his loyal mega-donor appointee, new Postmaster General Louis DeJoy (annual salary $291,650) — who, among other efforts to hobble the Post Office is removing mail boxes and high speed mail sorting machines in heavily Democratic voting areas — appear to be criminally conspiring to flagrantly violate a federal law — as well as numerous state laws. The federal law, we learn, is:
18 U.S. Code § 1703. Delay or destruction of mail or newspapers
Glenn Kirschner, recently retired 30 year federal prosecutor, conducts a clinic on the use of this law, and related state laws, to rein in this illegal attempt to influence the outcome of an election the embattled Donald J. Trump and his dead-enders keep insisting will be rigged and massively fraudulent. You can watch Kirschner’s short, cogent presentation below.
18 U.S. Code § 1703 reads, in pertinent part:
Whoever, being a Postal Service officer or employee, unlawfully secretes, destroys, detains, delays, or opens any letter, postal card, package, bag, or mail entrusted to him … by authority of the Postmaster General or the Postal Service, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.
If the Roy Cohn-like Bill Barr was not the Attorney General, a criminal investigation of chief executive officer of the United States Postal Service Louis DeJoy for violation of 18 U.S. Code § 1703 would have already begun. The Postal Inspector General is currently investigating DeJoy, but that IG will join the list of recently fired IGs (who serve at the pleasure of the president, as we know) if the investigation begins to turn up anything unwelcome to Mr. Trump’s reelection campaign. Countless mailboxes taken off the streets and roads of our country and 671 high volume mail sorting machines taken off line by DeJoy? Uh?
Fortunately, the states are beginning to line up in their legal efforts to ensure free and fair elections by mail, in spite of the lack of federal enforcement of laws to protect the integrity of those elections. As Glenn Kirschner describes.
And tomorrow’s newspapers and other media should contain details of the late-Friday filing the Trump campaign and the RNC made in the case of Trump v. Boockvar.
You’ll recall the Trump-appointed judge in that case ordered plaintiffs to submit proof of mail-in voting fraud or state that they have none. Pittsburgh Public Radio station WESA confirmed:
We are tracking this case and I have been told there was a filing very late Friday, though we have yet to see it. It may take a day or two to sort it out, but we (and other local media too, I am sure) will be reviewing it.
Hold on to your hats, boys and girls, this fight for the preservation of democracy is getting good and nasty.