THE "whistleblower" mailman who made claims about ballot tampering in Pennsylvania has insisted he's NOT recanted his allegation – while the Trump campaign sued over the result in battleground Michigan.
Postal worker Richard Hopkins, 32, appeared in a video to insist that he's sticking by his claims of mail-in vote fraud – just hours after Democrats on the House of Representatives Oversight Committee claimed he'd "completely" recanted his allegation.
Hopkins alleged that a postmaster in Erie, Pennsylvania, told US Postal Service workers to backdate ballots that were mailed after Election Day.
President Donald Trump on Tuesday tweeted that Hopkins was “a brave patriot" for speaking out, adding: "More & more people are stepping forward to expose this Rigged Election!”
Hopkins’ allegation was used by Republicans as possible proof of widespread voter fraud.
Senator Lindsey Graham used Hopkins’ claim in a letter to the Justice Department calling for an investigation.
Attorney General William Barr then authorized federal prosecutors to open an investigation into claims of voting irregularities before election results are certified – a reversal of a longstanding DOJ policy.
But on Tuesday, the House Oversight Committee, led by Democrat Carolyn Maloney, said that Hopkins “completely recanted his allegations of a supervisor tampering with mail-in ballots after being questioned by investigators.”
The Washington Post reported that on Monday, Hopkins told the US Postal Service’s Office of Inspector General that the claims he made were not true.
Hopkins signed an affidavit that recanted his claims, the Post reported, citing three officials who were briefed on the investigation.
The Inspector General’s office began investigating Hopkins’ claims last week after he went public with his allegations through Project Veritas.
Project Veritas, run by James O’Keefe, is a conservative website that uses hidden cameras and undercover reporters to ensnare journalists or politicos in embarrassing conversations.
The House committee tweeted on Tuesday: “#USPS IG investigators informed Committee staff today that they interviewed Hopkins on Friday, but that Hopkins RECANTED HIS ALLEGATIONS yesterday and did not explain why he signed a false affidavit.”
But O’Keefe shared a video of Hopkins shortly after, in which he said he did not recant anything.
Holding up the Washington Post article, Hopkins said: “It says that I fabricated the allegations of ballot-tampering.
"I’m here to say that I did not recant my statements. That did not happen.
“That’s not what happened, and you will find out tomorrow.”
Hopkins then asked the Post to “recant their wonderful little article that they decided to throw out there out of random.”
Trump and Republicans have been claiming that widespread voter fraud is the reason the president didn’t win re-election – and have been using Hopkins’ claim to allege of such problems in Pennsylvania.
Republicans have not provided evidence or proof of any widespread voter fraud or irregularities in the 2020 election.
And election officials from both political parties have publicly stated that voting last week went well and international observers also confirmed that there were no serious irregularities.
On Saturday, Biden was projected to be the winner of Pennsylvania’s 2020 race – giving him the state’s 20 Electoral College votes that would lead him to winning the presidency.
The most major news networks, newspapers and newswires projected Biden’s win after determining that the remaining ballots left to be counted in Pennsylvania would not allow Trump to catch up.
On Monday, the Trump campaign filed a lawsuit to stop the certification of the election results in Pennsylvania.
But Trump’s campaign filed litigation in federal court over Pennsylvania’s presidential election, saying registered Democratic voters were treated more favorably than Republican voters.
On Tuesday, the Trump campaign filed a new lawsuit in Michigan also to stop the battleground state from certifying its election results.
The Michigan lawsuit will request that election results in the state not be certified until it can be verified that votes were cast lawfully, Trump campaign attorney Matt Morgan told reporters on a conference call.
Judges have already thrown out lawsuits in Michigan and Georgia from the Trump campaign.
Trump has refused to concede in the race against former Vice President Biden.
Legal experts have said that Trump's litigation has little chance of changing the outcome of the election.
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