The postal employee in Pennsylvania who Congressional Democrats and a significant US newspaper claimed had recanted his allegations of mail-in-ballot tampering is denying that he walked again his phrases.
In a video posted Tuesday evening, Richard Hopkins, a United States Postal Service employee within the must-win swing state, denied taking again his statements when chatting with authorities.
“I’m here to say I did not recant my statements. That did not happen,” Hopkins, 32, stated.
The information got here hours after House Oversight Committee Democrats wrote in a series of tweets that investigators with the USPS Office Inspector General instructed staffers that Richard Hopkins backed off his allegations throughout an interview on Monday.
Hopkins “did not explain why he signed a false affidavit,” in keeping with the committee.
That similar day, the Washington Post reported that Hopkins had admitted to investigators that he made up his allegations, citing three individuals briefed on the probe.
In a tweet which included Hopkins’ video saying he didn’t recant, President Trump weighed in on the matter, calling the postal employee “A brave patriot.”
“More & more people are stepping forward to expose this Rigged Election!” the forty fifth commander-in-chief wrote.
On Saturday, US Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) known as on the Justice Department to research a sworn affidavit by which Hopkins, who works in Erie, Pennsylvania, stated his supervisors deliberate to backdate ballots that had been mailed too late to be counted below Pennsylvania regulation.
Hopkins’ allegations — first reported by conservative activist group Project Veritas — had been included in a federal lawsuit filed Monday by President Trump’s marketing campaign.
The swimsuit alleges that Keystone State officers 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 swimsuit says.
After information of Hopkins recanting was initially reported, Trump marketing campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh weighed in as nicely, arguing that Hopkins “filed a very detailed affidavit. He named names. He described explicitly what it is that he experienced.”
Murtagh additionally recommended that Hopkins’ recantation might not have been totally voluntary.
“Earlier today, we saw our own attorney, in some cases, doxxed on Twitter and public invitations to harass attorneys who have been involved in pursuing the president’s lawful avenues through the courts and also connected to what we will eventually pursue in recounts,” he stated.
“So we don’t know what kind of pressure this private citizen has been under.”
In a Facebook submit considered by the Erie Post-Times, Erie’s Postmaster Rob Weisenbach denied Hopkins’ allegations, calling them “100% false,” and described him as “an employee that was recently disciplined multiple times.”
“The Erie Post Office did not back date any ballots,” Weisenbach wrote.