Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday became the latest lawmaker to demand the immediate resignation or removal of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, a major Republican donor to President Donald Trump whose brief tenure as head of the most popular government institution in the U.S. has brought major nationwide slowdowns in package delivery less than 90 days before an election that could hinge on mail-in ballots.
Sanders joined a growing chorus of lawmakers and ordinary Americans calling for the swift removal of DeJoy, a former North Carolina logistics executive with tens of millions invested in USPS competitors. In statements over the weekend, Reps. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) and Alma Adams (D-N.C.) said DeJoy should be removed from his post for threatening "the voting rights of millions of Americans" to "aid Trump's reelection efforts."
Additionally, more than 330,000 people have signed a MoveOn.org petition urging the USPS Board of Governors to oust DeJoy over "actions that are disrupting the mission of the United States Postal Service." The board—which appointed DeJoy in May despite his complete lack of experience at the Postal Service and potential conflicts of interest—has the authority to remove a sitting Postmaster General with a majority vote.
Ideally, the Board of Governors has 11 members, but has not been fully staffed since 2010. Currently, the board is down to six members, ALL OF WHOM WERE APPOINTED BY TRUMP. 4 of the 6 are Republicans.
In addition to pressure to step aside, DeJoy is also facing a Senate investigation into his operational changes barring overtime and prohibiting postal workers from sorting mail ahead of their morning deliveries—policies that have alarmed USPS employees and union leaders. Last week, as Common Dreams reported, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) spearheaded a call for the USPS inspector general to launch a probe into DeJoy's actions as well as his potential conflicts of interest.
Warren repeated the demand for an investigation in a tweet Monday, writing that "there is nothing normal about a Trump campaign megadonor with at least $30 million invested in USPS competitors being appointed as Postmaster General to sabotage our mail delivery and threaten our elections."
"The USPS inspector general must investigate this corruption now," Warren added.