Ok, so where do I begin? Over the past week and a half President Trump has claimed voter fraud in the 2020 election. He is having a hard time accepting his defeat to President-Elect Joe Biden.
A Pennsylvania postal worker who top Republicans claim to have potential evidence of widespread voting irregularities admitted to U.S. Postal Service investigators that he fabricated the allegations, according to three officials briefed on the investigation and a statement from a House congressional committee.
Richard Hopkins claims that a postmaster in Erie, Pa., told postal workers to backdate ballots mailed after Election Day. His claims were cited by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., in a letter to the Justice Department calling for a federal investigation.
Attorney General William Barr authorized federal prosecutors to open an investigation into credible allegations of voting irregularities and fraud before results are certified, a reversal of long-standing Justice Department policy.
Trump’s administration filed a lawsuit to block the Mail-in ballots received after #ElectionDay on Nov.3. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled 4-3 last month that ballots should be counted if they were postmarked by Nov.3 and received by Nov.6.
Monday, Hopkins, 32, told investigators from the U.S. Postal Service’s Office of Inspector General that the allegations were not true, and he signed an affidavit admitting that his claims were a lie, according to officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe an ongoing investigation.
The House Oversight Committee broke the news on Twitter.
BREAKING NEWS: Erie, Pa. #USPS whistleblower completely RECANTED his allegations of a supervisor tampering with mail-in ballots after being questioned by investigators, according to IG.
— Oversight Committee (@OversightDems) November 10, 2020
Although this information was revealed, Hopkins claims in a YouTube video he posted Tuesday night, that he didn’t recant. “I’m here to say I did not recant my statements. That did not happen,” he said.
Trump has refused to concede to President-elect Joe Biden, a Democrat, claiming unproven allegations about widespread voter fraud in an attempt to swing the results in his favor.
Republicans supported Hopkins’s claims as one of the most credible because he signed an affidavit swearing that he overheard a supervisor instructing colleagues to backdate ballots mailed after Nov. 3.
The Trump campaign provided that affidavit to Lindsay Graham, who then asked the Justice Department and FBI to launch an investigation. Tim Murtaugh, a Trump campaign spokesman, said Hopkins’s allegations are just a small part of the campaign’s assertions in the Pennsylvania lawsuit, adding, “We don’t know what kind of pressure he has been under since he publicly made those statements.”
Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe on Saturday praised Hopkins as “an American hero” on Twitter. A GoFundMe page created under Hopkins’s name had raised more than $136,000 by Tuesday evening, with donors praising him as a patriot and whistleblower. The fundraising page was removed by GoFundMe after this story was published Tuesday, a spokesman for the platform said.
“Your donations are going to help me in the case I am wrongfully terminated from my job or I am forced into resigning due to ostracization [sic] by my co-workers,” the page states. “It will help me get a new start in a place I feel safe and help me with child support until I am able to get settled and get a job.”
A spokesman for GoFundMe, Bobby Whithorne, said in a statement that the money raised on the site was “not disbursed and Hopkins never had access to the funds.”
On Monday, Project Veritas also announced they were offering a “$25,000 reward” for “first-hand election fraud tips in Pennsylvania.” O’Keefe claims to have recordings of agents questioning Hopkins and said that he was pressured to sign a document he did not understand.
The Postal Service said in a statement over the weekend that it had referred Hopkins’s allegations to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Office of Inspector General. Hopkins was escorted out of his workplace on Monday afternoon and told not to return until the investigation was completed.