The latest in a postal worker's allegations of voter fraud in Pennsylvania

A postal worker is denying claims that he recanted his statements about potential voter fraud in Pennsylvania.


A Pennsylvania postal worker who alleged a supervisor tampered with mail-in ballots has recanted his statements, House Democrats said Tuesday.

The Washington Post first reported that Richard Hopkins had walked back allegations that Erie Postmaster Robert Weisenbach and a supervisor changed the postmark date on some ballots and sent them to election officials.

But on Tuesday night, Hopkins released a video through a third-party organization saying that he had not recanted his allegations.

Weisenbach denied Hopkins' claims, according to the Erie Times-News.

Hopkins signed a sworn affidavit, according to Trump campaign officials and was questioned extensively by USPS investigators, according to the Washington Post's reporting.

U.S Sen. Lindsey Graham, of South Carolina, received a copy of Hopkins' affidavit and asked for an investigation from the Department of Justice. Hopkins' allegations were cited in Attorney General William Barr's directive for the DOJ to investigate any allegations of voter fraud or ballot tampering.

The U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General declined to comment on the investigation because it was still open, according to multiple media outlets.

President Donald Trump's campaign has filed more than a dozen lawsuits in at least five states. Trump claims that he would have won were it not for “illegal” votes counted in several states that he lost or where he is currently trailing. But Trump and his allies haven't offered any proof and their legal challenges have largely been rejected by the courts.

In Pennsylvania, the campaign has challenged the state Supreme Court ruling allowing election officials to accept mail-in ballots up to three days after the election as long as they were postmarked by Election Day. Trump has also sued over campaign observers allegedly being blocked from witnessing vote tallying in Pennsylvania. And he’s challenged the secretary of state instructing counties that voters whose absentee ballots were rejected could cast a provisional ballot.

But if that lawsuit is successful, it's still not likely to change the election results, as the state reported it only received 10,000 votes across Pennsylvania after Election Day.

Four other lawsuits filed by the campaign have been dismissed. Others are pending.

On Monday, his campaign sued to force Pennsylvania not to certify the results of the election altogether. The 85-page lawsuit itself contained no evidence of voter fraud, other than a smattering of allegations such as an election worker in Chester County altering “over-voted” ballots by changing votes that had been marked for Trump to another candidate.

Trump has won one victory so far: A state court ruled his campaign observers had to be allowed closer to the actual vote counting. That ruling had no impact on the outcome of the race.