Wisconsin AG Kaul sues Trump over Postal Service

    Headshot of attorney general josh kaul at the state of the state speech
    Attorney General Josh Kaul at Governor Tony Evers' first State of the State address in Madison, Wisconsin, at the State Capitol building on Jan. 22, 2019. Photo by Emily Hamer/Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

    Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul announced on Tuesday that he would be joining a lawsuit against the Trump Administration for gumming up the U.S. Postal Service.

    “The Trump administration’s attack on the USPS shortly before an election in which record-breaking use of mail-in voting will take place must be stopped. I’m working with other AGs to fight back against this attempt to sabotage fair elections,” Kaul said.

    Trump’s new Postmaster General, Louis DeJoy, has implemented several measures since being appointed in May, including eliminating overtime, getting rid of mail-sorting machines, and removing postal mailboxes. These changes have already led to a slowdown in mail delivery. Under pressure on Tuesday, DeJoy announced that he was suspending these changes until after the election.

    But President Trump wants to see the Postal Service slow down its operations.

    Last week on Fox, Trump confessed that he opposes giving the Postal Service more money because he doesn’t want it to be able to process all the mail-in and absentee ballots that are expected to hit record numbers on November 3.

    “If we don’t make a deal, that means they don’t get the money,” Trump told host Maria Bartiromo. “That means they can’t have universal mail-in voting; they just can’t have it.”

    Speaker Nancy Pelosi has called the House back into session to deal with this problem, and Postmaster General DeJoy is scheduled to testify at a Senate hearing on Friday and at a House hearing next week.

    DeJoy is a huge donor to the Republican National Committee, to Sen. Mitch McConnell, and to “Trump Victory,” a PAC that is raising and spending money for Trump’s reelection. DeJoy gave Trump Victory $715,600 from January 2019-April 2020.

    DeJoy also gave $10,000 to Scott Walker in June 2018.

    Wisconsin is one of the key battleground states in the upcoming November election, and given the pandemic, it’s likely that a record number of Wisconsinites will be requesting absentee ballots.