The Washington Post is going head to head on honesty with a young Pennsylvania postal worker. Richard Hopkins, a mail carrier from Erie, Pennsylvania, came forward to say his boss instructed employees to pick and bring him the ballots that were received after Election day, and claims he overheard the boss discussing backdating ballots to look as though they were collected by November 3rd and no later. Ballots postmarked after Election Day was not to be counted and considered invalid.
However, The Washington Post created an uproar when it reported Hopkins had allegedly admitted to investigators that claims of voter fraud were fabricated. The Post claims its reporting is based on information from three officials briefed on the investigation as well as a statement from a House congressional committee.
In a tweet by Democrats on the House Oversight Committee, it appeared to have confirmed the Post’s reporting: “BREAKING NEWS: Erie, Pa. #USPS whistleblower completely RECANTED his allegations of a supervisor tampering with mail-in ballots after being questioned by investigators, according to IG.”
Immediately defending his story, Hopkins went to Project Veritas, where he initially made his claims, to set the record straight in a video. He said:
“My name is Richard Hopkins, I am a postal employee who came out and whistle blew on the Erie, PA Postal office. I am right at this very moment looking at an article written by Washington Post. It says that I fabricated the allegations of ballot tampering. I am here to say that I did not recant my statements. That did not happen. That is not what happened. And you will find out tomorrow. And I would like that the Washington Post recant their little wonderful article they decided to throw out there.”
Project Veritas also released a video where investigators are strong-arming Hopkins. The tweet reads, “RECORDING: Federal agents ‘coerce’ USPS whistleblower Hopkins to water down the story. Hopkins doubles down…
Agent Strasser: ‘I am trying to twist you a little bit’…‘I am scaring you here’…’we have Senators involved…DOJ involved…reason they called me is to try to harness.”