An employee of the U.S. State Postal Service (USPS) in the state of Pennsylvania has admitted to making up past allegations of election fraud, reports The Washington Post Tuesday (local time). Republicans contesting the results of the presidential election have referenced the claims several times in recent days.
Allegations are ‘100 percent false’
The postman had alleged that an executive in the town of Erie had instructed employees to count late votes by post.
The man’s allegations have been referenced several times by senior Republican politicians, who, like US President Donald Trump, claim that the presidential election was fraudulent and are legally challenging the results. There is as yet no evidence for that claim.
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, among others, referred to the allegations in a letter to the Justice Department calling for an investigation into the election. Subsequently, Attorney General William Barr in a letter authorized federal prosecutors to investigate the alleged misconduct surrounding the elections.
The USPS employee allegedly admitted to postal inspectors on Sunday that his earlier allegations are not true and signed a written sworn statement withdrawing the allegations, several insiders confirm. The Washington Post.
The supervisor who accused the employee calls the earlier allegations “100 percent false.” According to the manager, these were allegations “by an employee who has recently been punished several times”.
Pennsylvania was one of the pivotal states during the Presidential election between Joe Biden and Trump. Receiving the most votes in the state, Biden reached the 270 electoral votes needed to win the election on Saturday. Trump insists, however, that he is the real winner. According to him, voting fraud has been committed in the state.
Biden called Trump’s refusal to admit his loss Tuesday as “ embarrassing. ” “I don’t think this will benefit his legacy,” the president-to-be said during a speech in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware.
On Monday, Trump’s campaign team filed a lawsuit in Pennsylvania. He has also gone to court in other states. The incumbent president has not yet shown any evidence of substantial fraud.