President Donald Trump said Wednesday on Twitter that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Congressional Republicans are “playing right into” Democrat’s “hands” by “allowing” them to have hearings for the Postmaster General ahead of the Republican National Convention.
Postmaster General Louis DeJoy is expected to testify Monday before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. McConnell and Senate Republicans have any zero authority over these hearings, and the House of Representatives. (RELATED: Trump Fires Back At Goodyear For Reported Ban On MAGA Gear)
Trump tagged McConnell’s Twitter account in a tweet saying, “Why are Republicans allowing the Democrats to have ridiculous Post Office hearings on Saturday & Monday, just before and during our Convention. Let them hold them NOW (during their Convention) or after our Convention is over. Always playing right into their hands!”
Why are Republicans allowing the Democrats to have ridiculous Post Office hearings on Saturday & Monday, just before and during our Convention. Let them hold them NOW (during their Convention) or after our Convention is over. Always playing right into their hands! @senatemajldr
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 19, 2020
US Postal Service chief is expected to answer questions for the first time regarding accusations that the Trump Administration has hindered the USPS in order to impede mail-in-voting. (RELATED: Florida Rep Ross Spano Falls In Republican Primary)
DeJoy is also scheduled to testify Friday before the Republican-led Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee.
“I look forward to Postmaster General DeJoy testifying at our virtual hearing this Friday,” said Homeland Security Chairman Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson in a statement to CNN. “The Postal Service has had significant financial problems for years, and it is important for everyone to fully understand its current fiscal challenges.”
Last week, Trump said that he would refuse additional funding to the USPS because a deal could not be reached with Democrats for additional coronavirus relief funding.
“They need that money in order to have the Post Office work so it can take all of these millions and millions of ballots,” Trump said during a Fox Business interview. “But if they don’t get those two items that means you can’t have universal mail-in voting, because they’re not equipped to have it.”
He added, “If we don’t make a deal, that means they don’t get the money, that means they can’t have universal mail-in voting. They just can’t have it. Sort of a crazy thing. Very interesting.”