Project Veritas Claim on Backdated Ballots Blows Up

A Pennsylvania postal worker whose claims have been cited by top Republicans as potential evidence of widespread voting irregularities admitted to U.S. Postal Service investigators that he fabricated the allegations, according to three officials briefed on the investigation and a statement from a House congressional committee.

Richard Hopkins’s claim that a postmaster in Erie, Pa., instructed postal workers to backdate ballots mailed after Election Day was cited by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., in a letter to the Justice Department calling for a federal investigation. Attorney General William Barr subsequently authorized federal prosecutors to open probes into credible allegations of voting irregularities and fraud before results are certified, a reversal of long-standing Justice Department policy.

The Erie postmaster, Rob Weisenbach, called the allegations “100% false” in a Facebook post and said they were made “by an employee that was recently disciplined multiple times.”

Hopkins’s allegations, without his name, were first aired last week by Project Veritas, an organization that uses deceptive tactics to expose what it says is bias and corruption in the mainstream media. Hopkins agreed to attach his name to the allegations late last week. He was instantly celebrated by Trump supporters.

Surprised? I'm Not

The idea that a postmaster would instruct employees to backdate ballots is smacks of a lie right from the start.

Project Veritas ran with it anyway. 

When you randomly throw enough sh*t into the wind some of it is bound to stick in your own face.


The entire story was obviously doubtful from the beginning. The postmaster told low level employee to backdate ballots. Really?


Now the worker recants his recant or denies recanting in the first place.

This is like a murderer recanting his confession except this time 40% of the country believes it.

Addendum II

This courtesy of a reader.

How do you "backdate" postmarks on an automated system where letter whiz through the processing equipment.

Modern mail handling relies on very few hand "touches", is a highly automated and industrialized material handling process and that to do something like this would have been as odd and obvious as a orange three-dollar bill.

This ain't Elmer the Sorter with a hand-stamp whacking each bit of mail, first the ink pad and then the mail.