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Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson). Photo by Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe

Pascrell wants probe of Trump influence over post office

By David Wildstein, May 21 2020 2:00 pm

U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-Paterson) is seeking an independent investigation to determine whether political interference by the Trump administration led to the resignations of two highly-ranked U.S. Postal Service officials.

“The USPS is critical to existing local and statewide VBM elections, Pascrell said. “USPSs solvency is necessary to successfully facilitate VBM for elections during many upcoming primary and general elections.”

David C. Williams has resigned from the board of governors, and Ronald Stroman resigned as Deputy Postmaster General.

Pascrell says their departures will leave only one Democratic member on a board comprised entirely of Trump appointees.

“Should the Board take any action to impede VBM for elections or put the USPS at greater risk for financial calamity as a result of political pressure, it would be in violation of their statutory responsibility to represent the public interest,” Pascrell said.  “The resignations of Mr. Williams and Mr. Stroman suggest undue political influence.”

Pascrell said that attempts by the Trump administration to influence post official policies “would be an affront to the American people and undermine the USPS operations that account for 47 percent of the world’s mail.”

Trump has named Louis LaJoy, a North Carolina businessman who has contributed over $2 million to Republican causes since 2016, as Postmaster General.  LaJoy will be the first political appointee to the post since 1971.

Stroman has ties to New Jersey.  He worked on the staff of the House Judiciary Committee when Rep. Peter Rodino (D-Newark) was chairman, and he is a graduate of Rutgers Law School.

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