A Pennsylvania postal worker who made claims of voter fraud is denying that he recanted his accusations. Richard Hopkins, who works as a mail carrier in Erie, claimed that he heard his boss discussing plans to backdate the postmark on any ballots received after Election Day. In Pennsylvania, all ballots had to be postmarked by Tuesday, November 3 and would be counted if they arrived by the following Friday.
Hopkins signed a sworn affidavit detailing his allegations, which were cited in a federal lawsuit filed by President Donald Trump's reelection campaign and several prominent Republican lawmakers as proof of election fraud. He was then interviewed by investigators with U.S. Postal Service and reportedly recanted his claims. Democrats on the House Oversight and Reform Committee said the USPS Inspector General's Office told them that Hopkins had signed a new affidavit, in which he admitted he made up the story.
"#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," the Committee tweeted.
Now, Hopkins is claiming he never recanted his statements.
"I'm here to say I did not recant my statements. That did not happen," Hopkins said in a video posted on Twitter.
He claimed that investigators tried to "coerce" him to change his story.
Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh said he stands by Hopkins' original statement, claiming that he "filed a very detailed affidavit. He named names. He described explicitly what it is that he experienced."
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