Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has been under fire almost since the day he was installed by Donald Trump and removal calls have begun again. He’s not the only Trump appointee who is in the crosshairs once more, either.
The removal of both U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and Ron Bloom, chair of the Postal Service Board of Governors, were demanded Friday night after it was reported that DeJoy had purchased hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of publicly-traded bonds from an investment firm for which Bloom is a managing partner—a transaction critics say is a gross breach of government ethics.
With Bloom and DeJoy—both appointed by former President Donald Trump—already under fire by defenders of the U.S. Postal Service in both parties for a scheme to slow mail service and undermine the nation’s federal mailing system from within, the new reporting by the Washington Post revealed that DeJoy “purchased 11 bonds from Brookfield Asset Management each worth between $1,000 and $15,000, or $15,000 and $50,000” between October of 2020 and April of this year.
In total, the purchases are said to total more than $305,000. A report to congressional leaders about the sales led to ire on The Hill. That included Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.)—who chairs the House Subcommittee on Government Operations which has oversight of the Postal Service.
“This report is outrageous,” Connolly tweeted Friday night. “DeJoy and Bloom are bandits, and their conflicts of interest do nothing but harm the Postal Service and the American people.”
Louis DeJoy Tells The Left To ‘Get Used To Me’
Since President Joe Biden took office in January, there have been Democrats in congress calling for the removal of DeJoy. Those on the left want the Postmaster General removed both because of his actions leading up to the 2020 election and because of the administration he first served.
Many critics of DeJoy point out that the only reason he’s in the job he has now is because he donated money to Trump’s election campaign. This isn’t a man who has spent years overseeing a company that is similar to the Post Office. Critics see him as being someone who should have never taken that office. Now that the Democrats are back in charge, they want him out.
However, for his part, DeJoy has no plans of leaving. During a hearing in February, he made that clear. During a firing exchange he told liberal lawmakers they would just have to “get used” to having him around. Those kinds of comments only further inflamed people opposed to his office.
Since DeJoy took office, there have been quite a few people who have voiced concerns over his ethics. This particular purchase is just the latest incident. With the situation still new, it’s hard to know if this is the thing that could finally take him down.
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