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The Postal Service Scandal Doesn't Belong Only To Donald Trump. Mitch McConnell Played A Big Role
https://crooksandliars.com/2020/08/postal-service-scandal-doesnt-belong-only
8/17/20 3:37am
The Postal Service Scandal Doesn't Belong Only To Donald Trump. Mitch McConnell Played A Big Role
Trump isnít the only Republican whoís been visiting with DeJoy, and DeJoy isnít the only Postal Service leader who can thank Republicans for his sudden rise.
By Mark Sumner


Before stepping into the top job in May, DeJoy had a total of zero time with the actual USPS. However, he did have two decades of experience as CEO of a freight company that competed against the Postal Serviceómaking it no surprise that his stock portfolio is full of reasons to destroy the institution where he works. Much more importantly in terms of landing his current position, DeJoy has long been a big fundraiser for the Republican Party in general and for Donald Trump in particular. In fact, DeJoy was named one of four finance chairs for the Republican Party, along with such luminaries as Steve Wynn and Michael Cohen. And DeJoyís contact with Republican leadership didnít end with cutting checks for their campaigns.

But Trump isnít the only Republican whoís been visiting with DeJoy, and DeJoy isnít the only Postal Service leader who can thank Republicans for his sudden rise. As Yahoo! News reports, DeJoy is in "in frequent contact with top Republican Party officials.Ē Presumably that means Mitch McConnell. Which is quite the coincidence seeing that every single member of the current all-white, all-male Postal Service board of governors can thank McConnell for that role.
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As it turns out, since 1970, members of the board of governors have served in staggered 9-year terms. The idea is to have a board whose membership is spread across multiple administrations and which owes allegiance to no particular White House. That should mean that about half those currently seated on the board are left over from Obamaís term in office, with others appointed by Trump. But thatís not what happened. In 2015, Obama re-nominated most of the existing board members for a second term, including those members appointed under Bush. Those six members should all still be on the board. None of them are.

Thatís because McConnell did what he did so oftenóblocked those nominations. By the time Trump stepped in, the number of remaining Bush- and Obama-appointed board members was exactly zero.
Then, as with federal judges, McConnell abruptly got out of the way. That means that every single current member of the United States Postal Service board of governors was appointed by Donald Trump. That board then officially ousted lifelong Postal Service employee Megan Brennan, and replaced her with Republican fundraiser Louis DeJoy.

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