A commission source said commission chairwoman Carolyn Maloney plans to serve a summons on Wednesday, 48 hours after sharing it with Republican members, based on former chairman Elijah Cummings’ agreement to allow time to consult with a member of the list.
The planned summons is an escalation in the ongoing battle between Democrats and DeJoy, as the party seeks to provide access to mail by mail to as many Americans as possible during the coronavirus pandemic. Democrats from several chambers have called for the resignation or removal of DeJoy, a major donor to President Donald Trump.
According to the commission’s statement, the commission also sent a letter to Robert Duncan, the chairman of the Postal Services Board, who testified before the panel last week with DeJoy, regarding documents withheld from his board, citing the DOJ’s opinion. that the FOIA prohibits the disclosure of information to a member of Congress who is not chairman of a committee.
Maloney wrote to the board of all documents and information requested by other members and informed the board that he would issue a subpoena if they were not submitted voluntarily.
During last week’s hearing, DeJoy defended his performance as the post’s CEO, downplaying his changes, and said he was focused on stopping postal services from losing money.
In his testimony, DeJoy acknowledged that there had been a “deterioration in service” following changes in mail trucks that were taking additional trips, but he said the USPS was already seeing a rebound. And he argues that other changes, such as the removal of mail machines, are already happening before he takes over in June.
Duncan, meanwhile, defended DeJoy’s appointment on board during his testimony last week, saying DeJoy was unanimously elected after a rigorous selection process.
“There has to be dramatic change for the postal service to succeed. Mr DeJoy has been chosen to be this transformational leader who can help strengthen the postal service in the long run,” Duncan said.
CNN’s Devan Cole, Jeremy Herb and Zachary Cohen contributed to this report.