Postmaster General DeJoy under federal investigation, spokesman tells newspaper

United States Postal Service Postmaster General Louis DeJoy speaks during a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, in Washington Graeme Jennings/Pool via AP

Louis DeJoy, the Trump-appointed Postmaster General who came under fire last year for a series of decisions that caused backlogs and delays in mail delivery, is being investigated by the FBI, a spokesman for DeJoy told the Washington Post.

“Mr. DeJoy has learned that the Department of Justice is investigating campaign contributions made by employees who worked for him when he was in the private sector,” DeJoy spokesman Mark Corallo confirmed to the Post. “He has always been scrupulous in his adherence to the campaign contribution laws and has never knowingly violated them.”

The investigation surrounding DeJoy is said to concern campaign fundraising activities involving his former business, New Breed Logistics. An anonymous source familiar with the matter informed the Post that FBI agents have been hard at work interviewing current and former employees of DeJoy and the company, questioning them on political contributions as well as company activities. That person also said a subpoena has been issued to DeJoy himself.

DeJoy, as the first postmaster in two decades without experience in the USPS, has been the subject of intense controversy since his appointment in May. Upon assuming office, DeJoy took measures including banning overtime and extra trips to deliver mail, causing delays in mail delivery that DeJoy said would eventually help service.

Over 600 mail-sorting machines were removed from postal facilities, leading some to speculate that DeJoy and former President Trump conspired to ensure mail-in ballots for the 2020 election wouldn’t reach offices on time. An analysis by NBC found that up to 50,000 ballots came in late due to the postal service’s poor performance. Trump denied instructing DeJoy to slow the mail delivery, despite spreading unfounded theories of widespread election fraud and faulty mail-in voting.

DeJoy is one of the only remaining government figures from the Trump administration to last into the Biden presidency. Because DeJoy is the postmaster general, only the Postal Service Board of Governors can fire him, which is unlikely because the six governors currently sitting on the board were nominated by Trump.