Postal Worker Demands Media Recant Story – Stands By USPS Fraud

Postal Worker Demands Media Recant Story - Stands By USPS Fraud

(UnitedVoice.com) – A postal worker in Pennsylvania blew the whistle and claims he witnessed United States Postal Service (USPS) workers change the date ballots were received after the election day deadline in violation of state law. Pennsylvania postal worker Richard Hopkins said the postmaster in his workplace ordered employees to backdate ballots received after Election Day. However, on Tuesday, November 10, the Washington Post put Hopkins’s story in doubt.

Online Investigative outlet Project Veritas released a video of Hopkins making the claim in an interview. The postal worker is a former combat Marine who served in Afghanistan. Hopkins says he never asked to go public. However, in light of the revelations, the USPS placed him on non-pay status pending an investigation, despite being a legitimate whistleblower.

Before the story went public, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) wrote the Department of Justice (DOJ), asking the agency to investigate Hopkins’s allegations. Soon after, US Attorney General William Barr authorized federal prosecutors to look into allegations of substantial and credible allegations of voter fraud and irregularities before the election results are certified.

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After Hopkins’s allegations became public, a federal agent was sent to ask Hopkins questions. In the video below, the agent can be heard applying pressure to the postal service worker. The agent admits he is trying to intimidate Hopkins into changing or watering down his allegations.

Washington Post Publishes Contradictory Story

On Tuesday, the Washington Post published a story that said, in part, that Hopkins told investigators he made up the story. The Post supposedly received an anonymous tip from two officials familiar with the Inspector General investigation. The article claims he signed an affidavit recanting the story.

Soon after, Democrats on the House Oversight Committee said on Twitter that Hopkins completely recanted.

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A quick Google search reveals that media outlets re-posted the Washington Post story far and wide.

But, is the story true?

Hopkins’s Denies He Recanted

On Tuesday evening, Hopkins released a video denying the Washington Post story. He said he did not recant his version of what happened. Not only did Hopkins not recant, he said, “I would like that the Washington Post recant their wonderful little article they decided to throw out there.”

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Project Veritas founder and CEO James O’Keefe claimed that Hopkins felt pressured to sign something he didn’t understand regarding the signed affidavit. Hopkins has not commented on the affidavit.

Are Whistleblower Protections Being Denied?

As of 9:00 am on Wednesday, November 11, the Washington Post has not revised or amended their story. Regarding the status of Hopkins’ employment with the USPS, it’s unknown at this time if he will keep his job. However, as a whistleblower, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) says, “Federal whistleblower protection law provides legal remedies for employees or job applicants who face retaliation for making protected disclosures of fraud, waste, abuse, mismanagement, or substantial and specific danger to public safety or health.”

It’s unclear if the Postal Service is violating his rights by putting Hopkins on an unpaid status pending the investigation.

There is likely much more to come on this story.

Don Purdum, Independent Political Analyst

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