A postman who had testified that postal votes were backdated in the presidential election in the city of Erie, Pennsylvania, has completely withdrawn those statements to the inspection service of the US postal service.
Richard Hopkins, 32, claimed in an affidavit that the local postal director had instructed employees to backdate postal votes sent after election day on November 3, so that they were still eligible.
The allegations played into the hands of current President Donald Trump, who, after his defeat against Joe Biden, continues to insist that large-scale fraud was committed in the elections, mainly targeting postal votes – predominantly used by Democratic voters. Trump has not yet provided real evidence for this.
A few days ago, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham called on the United States Department of Justice to investigate Hopkins’ allegations. Finally, Justice Secretary William Barr gave federal prosecutors permission on Monday to open investigations into possible fraud. Normally, prosecutors cannot start firing until the official final results are announced.
“ The Inspector General of the U.S. Post informed the committee staff today that they interrogated Hopkins on Friday, but that Hopkins dropped his charges yesterday and failed to explain why he signed a false affidavit, ” the U.S. oversight committee said House of Representatives Tuesday on Twitter.
Earlier, Erie post director Rob Weisenbach had dismissed the allegations himself on Facebook. “The Erie Post Office has not backdated a single ballot,” he emphasized.
Trump calls postman ‘brave patriot’
Shortly after the announcement from the US House of Representatives, Trump shared a video in which a man claiming to be Richard Hopkins denies retracting his statements about electoral fraud. The man in the video claims to have been pressured.
Trump calls the postman “a brave patriot.” “More and more people are coming forward to expose these faked elections,” Trump said in a post again labeled misleading by Twitter.
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