“I don’t say this lightly: when we escape this Trump hell, America needs a Presidential Crimes Commission,” Swalwell wrote on Twitter Friday evening.
The Democratic lawmaker continued, “It should be made up of independent prosecutors who look at those who enabled a corrupt president,” citing, “Example 1: Sabotaging the mail to win an election.”
See his post below:
I don’t say this lightly: when we escape this Trump hell, America needs a Presidential Crimes Commission. It should be made up of independent prosecutors who look at those who enabled a corrupt president. Example 1: Sabotaging the mail to win an election. #SaveThePostOffice— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) August 14, 2020
Swalwell’s remarks regarding the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) come after Trump said this week during an interview, “[Democrats] want $25 billion for the post office. Now, they need that money in order to have the post office work so it could take all of these millions and millions of ballots.”
Trump added, “Now, in the meantime, they aren’t getting there. By the way, those are just two items. But if they don’t get those two items, that means you can’t have universal mail-in voting, because they’re not equipped to have it.”
The president has made it clear that he believes if there is universal mail-in voting in the upcoming presidential election, then there will be “the greatest fraud in the history of elections.”
His remarks regarding voting and the USPS has drawn criticism from several Democrats, including former President Barack Obama.
“What we’ve never seen before is a president say, ‘I’m going to try to actively kneecap the postal service to encourage voting, and I will be explicit about the reason I’m doing it,'” Obama said during a podcast this week, adding, “That’s sort of unheard of, right?”
Additionally, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) urged Trump to “immediately cease his assault on the postal service, make clear that he will allow the 2020 election to proceed without his sabotage tactics,” as IJR reported.
A congressional aide indicated on Friday that the U.S. Postal Service’s internal watchdog will be investigating the postal service’s woes, and will also be looking into whether there are any conflicts of interest that involve the new Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, as IJR also reported.
On Friday, the USPS also warned 46 states that it cannot promise all ballots will be delivered in time to be counted ahead of the election in November.