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Postal worker championed by Republicans retracts claim that he witnessed voter fraud

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A Pennsylvania postal worker whose claims of voter fraud were championed by Republicans has now admitted that he fabricated his claims, the Washington Post reports.

Richard Hopkins claimed the postmaster in Eirie, Pennsylvania, ordered postal workers to backdate ballots mailed after Election Day. The claim was cited by Lindsey Graham (R-SC) in letter to the Justice Department in a request for the agency to investigate the claim. Soon after Attorney General Bill Barr authorized federal prosecutors to credible allegations of voter fraud — a reversal of a long standing policy that says prosecutors should not take such actions until after election results are in and certified.

“But on Monday, Hopkins, 32, told investigators from the U.S. Postal Service’s Office of Inspector General that the allegations were not true, and he signed an affidavit recanting his claims, according to officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe an ongoing investigation,” the Post reports. “Democrats on the House Oversight Committee tweeted late Tuesday that the ‘whistleblower completely RECANTED.'”

Read the full report over at The Washington Post.

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