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Following up to reports of a scrapped plan to send masks to all US residences, a federal judge in Washington state has ruled to block proposed operational changes within the US Postal Service, accusing Donald Trump and Postmaster General Louis DeJoy of being “involved in a politically motivated attack on the efficiency of the Postal Service”.
The ruling grants a request from 14 states to temporarily block the changes, blaming them for a slowdown in mail delivery that could potentially disrupt the 2020 presidential election.
Stanley A. Bastian, chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington, said that harm to the public “has already taken place” by changes put in place under DeJoy. Bastian ruled from the bench Thursday afternoon after a two-and-a-half hour hearing.
“The states have demonstrated that the defendants are involved in a politically motivated attack on the efficiency of the Postal Service. They have also demonstrated that this attack on the Postal Service is likely to irreparably harm the states’ ability to administer the 2020 general election,” he said.