Under pressure from Democrats, Postmaster General Louis Dejoy backs down

DeJoy, a Trump mega-donor, is accused of trying to sabotage the election by making changes to slow down mail delivery just as mail-in ballots are expected to surge.
2:32 | 08/18/20

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Transcript for Under pressure from Democrats, Postmaster General Louis Dejoy backs down
Meantime, another major issue heading into the election, what's been happening at the U.S. Postal service, and tonight, the major move now from the postmaster general. Here's our chief white house correspondent Jonathan Karl. Reporter: Tonight, under pressure from Democrats, postmaster general Louis dejoy is backing down. Dejoy, a trump megadonor, is accused of trying sabotage the election by making changes to slow down mail delivery, just as mail-in ballots are expected to surge. "To avoid even the appearance of any impact on election mail," he said in statement today, "I am suspending these initiatives until after the election." Speaker Nancy Pelosi learned the news while she was in the middle of an interview. Somebody handed me a note. Reuters reporting postmaster general pauses all operation reforms after outcry. Well -- well, he should. They felt the heat. And that's what we were trying to do is to make it too hot for them to handle. Reporter: The postmaster general is now pledging that "All mail processing machines and collection boxes will remain in place through the election," and that "Postal workers will still be able to work overtime." But speaker Pelosi says that's not enough, saying the move "Does not reverse the damage already done." Do you have an update on the post office situation? Yeah, the post office is running as well as it has in a long time. Reporter: Reports of slowed-down mail delivery have made headlines across the country, with concerns about more than voting. Michael Miller, who has been delivering mail in rural Ohio for 30 years, says his elderly customers are worried about their prescriptions, telling "The Columbus dispatch," especially with the pandemic going on, they don't want to go out. In the town of humble, Texas, don white tells us the medicine he takes to treat his heart disease took some two weeks to arrive. I went almost a week without medication after I had finished up the three day extras that I had for an emergency. It was almost a week that I didn't have that heart medication. Reporter: President trump has made baseless charges about mail fraud in the election, but he insists he's not trying to slow down mail delivery. The postmaster general will be testifying before the senate, homeland security and government affairs committee on Friday. Interestingly enough, David, kamala Harris is on that committee. We have asked her staff whether she plans to take part in the hearing. They say that has not been decided yet. David? Jon Karl in Washington Jon, thank you.

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