A significant number of states are heading to court to seek injunctive relief to protect the United States Postal Service just as rising national fury against the Trump regime’s efforts to destroy the USPS from within appears to have prompted Postmaster General and Donald Trump crony Louis DeJoy to pull back from the campaign of sabotage that was already underway.
Attorneys General Bob Ferguson of Washington and Josh Shapiro of Pennsylvania held a news conference via telephone this morning to announce they’re filing a set of lawsuits against Donald Trump, Louis DeJoy, and the Postal Service to protect vote at home and the integrity of the nation’s mail system.
Thirteen states will be joining Washington’s suit, which is being filed now.
The venue for the State of Washington’s action is the Eastern District of Washington, Attorney General Bob Ferguson said.
The filing is “imminent” and expected within the next two hours or so. The case being brought concerns *all* of the recent service changes, we understand.
Wisconsin, Nevada, Minnesota, and Michigan are among the states joining the action. Two separate lawsuits being filed — Washington’s and Pennsylvania’s. However, the two actions are being coordinated as part of a joint strategy.
Shapiro thinks there may be around twenty states in Pennsylvania’s action. States still have around twenty-four hours or so to sign on. California, Delaware, Massachusetts, and Maine will definitely be part of the Pennsylvania action.
As the AGs were unveiling their lawsuits, the Postal Service publicly announced that it will be pausing the “service changes” (meaning, sabotage) that Louis DeJoy and his underlings had previously ordered, at least for the time being.
“I came to the Postal Service to make changes to secure the success of this organization and its long-term sustainability,” DeJoy said in a statement.
“I believe significant reforms are essential to that objective, and work toward those reforms will commence after the election.”
“In the meantime, there are some longstanding operational initiatives — efforts that predate my arrival at the Postal Service — that have been raised as areas of concern as the nation prepares to hold an election in the midst of a devastating pandemic. To avoid even the appearance of any impact on election mail, I am suspending these initiatives until after the election is concluded.”
“I want to assure all Americans of the following: Retail hours at Post Offices will not change. Mail processing equipment and blue collection boxes will remain where they are. No mail processing facilities will be closed. And we reassert that overtime has, and will continue to be, approved as needed.”
“In addition, effective October 1st, we will engage standby resources in all areas of our operations, including transportation, to satisfy any unforeseen demand.”
“The #SavethePostOffice fight is making a huge impact,” tweeted the American Postal Workers Union in response to DeJoy’s announcement. “We welcome the suspension of USPS service cuts that delay the mail. But our fight to fix the damage to the Post Office is far from done and the USPS urgently needs $25 billion COVID aid from Congress to ensure top service in November and beyond.”
In response to questions from reporters gathered on their conference call, Ferguson and Shapiro said that announcement will have no bearing on their lawsuits and that they will proceed ahead at full speed. Nevertheless, the Democratic Attorneys General Association took a victory lap, with co-chairs Maura Healey (of Massachusetts) and Ellen Rosenblum (of Oregon) declaring:
“We put Trump and his hand-picked Postmaster General on notice, and it worked. It’s no coincidence that DeJoy backed down just as Democratic AGs announced lawsuits. When Dem AGs team up, the Administration pays attention.”
“But we won’t believe it until we see it. Without concrete action by DeJoy to undo the damage already done and prevent future problems, we are moving forward to hold the Trump Administration accountable.”
“And here’s our message to the American people: Use your vote. Vote early; whether in person or by mail. However you choose to vote, Democratic state attorneys general are standing up to make sure every single vote is counted.”
The House of Representatives will be returning early from its planned August recess to address the damage being caused to the Postal Service by DeJoy’s directives, Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced on the eve of the 2020 Democratic National Convention. A vote is planned on legislation that would force DeJoy’s regime to stop its campaign of destruction at the Postal Service.
DeJoy has agreed to appear before an emergency meeting of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform next Monday, August 24th. The committee’s members include rising stars Katie Porter and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who are sure to give DeJoy the fierce grilling that he deserves.
U.S. Representatives Pramila Jayapal and Denny Heck appeared yesterday with NPI’s Gael Tarleton at a press conference in Seattle to denounce the dismantling of the Postal Service and call for protective measures to be pursued to ensure the integrity of the 2020 presidential election, like adding more drop boxes and pushing back the date when the election would normally be certified.