Postal Worker Admits His Pennsylvania Ballot Tampering Claim Was a Lie

Mish

A postal worker recants his claim that a Pennsylvania post office backdated ballots.

Project Veritas Claim on Backdated Ballots Blows Up

A Pennsylvania postal worker whose claims have been cited by top Republicans as potential evidence of widespread voting irregularities admitted to U.S. Postal Service investigators that he fabricated the allegations, according to three officials briefed on the investigation and a statement from a House congressional committee.

Richard Hopkins’s claim that a postmaster in Erie, Pa., instructed postal workers to backdate ballots mailed after Election Day was cited by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., in a letter to the Justice Department calling for a federal investigation. Attorney General William Barr subsequently authorized federal prosecutors to open probes into credible allegations of voting irregularities and fraud before results are certified, a reversal of long-standing Justice Department policy.

The Erie postmaster, Rob Weisenbach, called the allegations “100% false” in a Facebook post and said they were made “by an employee that was recently disciplined multiple times.”

Hopkins’s allegations, without his name, were first aired last week by Project Veritas, an organization that uses deceptive tactics to expose what it says is bias and corruption in the mainstream media. Hopkins agreed to attach his name to the allegations late last week. He was instantly celebrated by Trump supporters.

Surprised? I'm Not

The idea that a postmaster would instruct employees to backdate ballots is smacks of a lie right from the start.

Project Veritas ran with it anyway. 

When you randomly throw enough sh*t into the wind some of it is bound to stick in your own face.

Addendum

The entire story was obviously doubtful from the beginning. The postmaster told low level employee to backdate ballots. Really?

Now the worker recants his recant or denies recanting in the first place.

This is like a murderer recanting his confession except this time 40% of the country believes it.

Addendum II

This courtesy of a reader.

How do you "backdate" postmarks on an automated system where letter whiz through the processing equipment.

Modern mail handling relies on very few hand "touches", is a highly automated and industrialized material handling process and that to do something like this would have been as odd and obvious as a orange three-dollar bill.

This ain't Elmer the Sorter with a hand-stamp whacking each bit of mail, first the ink pad and then the mail.

Mish

Comments (85)
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RonJ
RonJ

Hopkins said he didn't recant.

AshH
AshH

I'm confused. I thought the guy came out last night and said he didn't recant his claims. What the heck is going on?

jcneall
jcneall

Fake news

FromBrussels
FromBrussels

MONEY ...tends to be a decisive element in similar events....So the real truth will be hard to discover, if ever ....

Mish
Mish

Editor

This postal worker appears mentally unstable at a minimum.

Needs to recant the recant to avoid prosecution.

The entire story was obviously doubtful from the beginning. The postmaster told low level employee to backdate ballots. Really?

njp
njp

Mish, you used to be more reasonable. I’m disappointed in your one-sidedness now. You might take a close look at Matt Taibbi and Glenn Greenwald for the valued blogger you used to be.

JJ Johnson
JJ Johnson

So, did he file paperwork recanting his statement?

Joseph K
Joseph K

Bull shit he came out and said it was not and willing to state it in court!

Eddie_T
Eddie_T

Hmmmm. Apparently he signed an affadavit....this is from the investigating committee in congress.

Don’t believe everything you hear from Veritas and Zero Hedge. Apparently Hopkins changes his stories a lot.

BDR45
BDR45

Why would a postal worker jeopardize his job by lying ?

Rocky Raccoon
Rocky Raccoon

For the past several months, Donald Trump has pushed this idea of a fake election that coincides with over four years of conditioning people than any story that is negative about him is fake news. Here we are with Trump getting his but handed to him on election night continuing to push this everything that doesn't work out to his favor as "fake." Talk about a movement of sheep!

Sechel
Sechel

Apparently this postal worker has a history and his supervisor flagged it immediately. The postal worker has recanted in a signed affidavit and yet project veritas is saying this never happened. Conservative social media is buying the project veritas line , hook line and sinker so even if the postal worker's claim is dead legally the base is receding up.

Doesn't really matter that he recanted. Trump and his enablers will find someone else. Trump's lawsuits and claimed whistleblowers are feeling like a game of whack-a-mole. When does it end?

Mish
Mish

Editor

The story is dead

Rocky Raccoon
Rocky Raccoon

It amazes me in this age of technology and having a camera on your person at nearly all times every day, how does this guy not have a video or some type of photographic proof to back up his claim.

Louis Winthorpe III
Louis Winthorpe III

I'm really tired of baseless allegations. Show me physical proof or GTFO.

Trump said after his 2016 election that it there was fraud because he lost the popular vote. His own sponsored investigation found no evidence of fraud.

Before the 2020 Trump said the election that hadn't even taken place was rigged. After the election he said HE WON BY A LOT!, but that there was voter fraud.

If there was fraud it would need to be in the thousands or tens of thousands to make a difference. Surely if there was fraud of that magnitude there would be some PHYSICAL EVIDENCE.

But no, all we get are vague accusations, no physical evidence.

I was driving today and felt a bit masochistic, and turned on right wing talk radio. The guy was absolutely certain the election was stolen, that it was fraudulent, and then called upon his listeners to fight the steal and FIND the evidence. If you have evidence, you don't have to tell people to FIND evidence.

I submit that if you make allegations before you have evidence, you are acting and bad faith and lying.

Trump has no credibility. He's had no credibility since he lied about his inauguration crowd size on day 1. I don't know why people believe anything he says.

Rocky Raccoon
Rocky Raccoon

Republican city official in Philadelphia is standing by the results of the election. It just isn't playing out for Trump in another wacky game of 4D chess.

njbr
njbr

If you're too eager to believe something, double check the story and apply a little logic.

How do you "backdate" postmarks on an automated system where letter whiz through the processing euaipment at hundreds of feet per second.

And was the post master, all by himself, shuffling through the gigantic piles of incoming mail to find late ballots, gathering them up and taking them to one guy who had the secret date-changing stamp? How was it determined through the envelope whether his actions were helping Biden or Trump?

You have to realize that modern mail handling relies on very few hand "touches", is a highly automated and industrialized material handling process and that to do something like this would have been as odd and obvious as a orange three-dollar bill.

This ain't Elmer the Sorter with a hand-stamp whacking each bit of mail-- first the ink pad and then the mail.

Don't be such a low info tool to believe this type of crap.

Or else, just buy the bridge I have for sale. I'll feel better then.

Jojo
Jojo

Sounds like some decanting is needed here.

Anda
Anda

Some have it wrong above, from what I read.

  1. He signs affidavit that there WAS fraud.
  2. OIG interviews him last friday.
  3. The OC emits a statement saying the IG has told them he since recanted.
  4. He says he has not recanted.

So, you are all waiting for evidence that he recanted, plus what he has to say about all this.

Mish
Mish

Editor

Post scheduled for 5:30 PM Central
Going hiking for a few hours
Mish

Doug78
Doug78

I say let the process proceed and reach a conclusion which hopefully will be convincing enough for most of the population. Recounts are normal in a contested election and Trump has the legal right to ask for one as did many Democrats and Republicans who asked for recounts in their contested elections. If you want the election to seen as just and fair then let the process go to its conclusion. If you are sure there was no corruption then you should not be worried.

Tengen
Tengen

What a clown show this country has become, it's like "The Young and the Restless" writ large. Meanwhile the Fed keeps printing and the bankers keep looting.

Harmy
Harmy

Grow up America. Fake news is just that - fake news. So while
America ties itself in knots of self-deception the rest of the world moves on.

Lance Manly
Lance Manly

Is this the best they can come up with? I personally called the Trump voter fraud hotline to complain about illegal aliens. I told them there were some aliens I saw going to vote and that they were obviously Reptilians and the Earth Reptile agreement of 2007 said they were supposed to stay off planet. Yet those scalely bastards were in there voting for Biden. Still waiting for the call back.

ToInfinityandBeyond
ToInfinityandBeyond

Let’s face it. Trump called fraud weeks before Election Day. Do you really think he and his sycophants would not claim fraud after they lost the election. Trump is throwing all of his toys out of the crib. Won’t make a difference. His only hope now is to go rogue.

nzyank
nzyank

I know this is a longshot, but what would it take to get libertarian endorsement of dems in Georgia? What are the main barriers?

I don't buy into the common view that Dems = big government and higher taxes = reduced liberty. A small government is less likely to be able to protect and help maximize freedom and opportunity for all Americans. What is needed is the right government.

I like libertarian views on war, science, trade and borders, drugs, and think these are generally consistent with Democratic party values.

Would Libertarians have more influence if they mainstreamed some of their policies a bit more? For example when I look at Shane Hazels's website (Georgia Libertarian Senate Candidate that forced run-off), the following policies don't make sense to me:

  • End the Fed - extreme and unrealistic
  • End public schools - extreme and stupid
  • Taxation = theft - Extreme and harmful

Just like the far left is in la-la land, I think libertarians like Shane are also in la-la land in some respects. I see this as a great opportunity though.

HelloWorl
HelloWorl

Only time will tell if these incidents are real. I doubt the election will be over turned. Is Guiliani correct? Maybe.

Speaking with Fox Business’ Lou Dobbs, Giuliani claimed that “almost none” of the hundreds of thousands of ballots were observed by Republican poll watchers. State election law requires the presence of poll watchers from all parties.

“We now are up to a count of about 650,000 ballots that are unlawful ballots that were cast in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh,” he said.

“What’s being said in the mass media, that we have no evidence, is a complete, absolute lie, just like they’ve been lying for years.”
chamneyce
chamneyce

Mish: Which story is dead? The claim of wrongdoing or the recantation?


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