House Democrats say PA postal worker retracts claim of ballot tampering

A postal worker in Pennsylvania has recanted claims that a supervisor tampered with mail-in ballots for last week’s election, Congressional Democrats said Tuesday.

In a series of tweets, the majority members of the House Oversight Committee said investigators with the United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General told staffers that Richard Hopkins backed off his allegations during an interview on Monday.

Hopkins “did not explain why he signed a false affidavit,” the committee said.

On Saturday, US Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) called on the Justice Department to investigate a sworn affidavit in which Hopkins, who works in Erie, Pennsylvania, said his supervisors planned to backdate ballots that were mailed too late to be counted under Pennsylvania law.

Hopkins’ allegations — first reported by the Project Veritas group — were included in a federal lawsuit filed Monday by President Trump’s campaign.

The suit alleges that Keystone State officials created “an illegal ‘two-tiered’ voting system” that unfairly favors mail-in ballots and “encourages ballot fraud or tampering.”

“It has been reported by Project Veritas, in a release on November 5, 2020, that carriers were told to collect, separate and deliver all mail-in ballots directly to the supervisor,” the suit says.

“In addition, Plaintiffs have information that the purpose of that process was for the supervisor to hand stamp the mail-in ballots.”

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