Pennsylvania postal worker recants claims of voting ‘irregularities’ — says that Project Veritas penned his affidavit

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Although Joe Biden has a decisive lead in the Pennsylvania vote count — winning enough votes in the Electoral College to surpass the necessary 270 — President Donald Trump and his supporters, including former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (Trump's personal attorney), have refused to acknowledge that Biden won the Keystone State. Trump allies are claiming, without any evidence, that widespread voter fraud robbed him of a victory in Pennsylvania, citing previous statements by Pennsylvania postal worker Richard Hopkins as proof. But the Washington Post is reporting that Hopkins has "recanted" earlier claims and said that the far-right group Project Veritas penned the affidavit in which those claims were made.

"In an interview this week with federal agents," Washington Post journalists Shawn Boburg, Jacob Bogage and Dalton Bennett are reporting, "a Pennsylvania postal worker walked back his allegation that a supervisor had tampered with mailed ballots, saying he had made 'assumptions' based on overheard snippets of conversation, according to an audio recording of the interview posted online Wednesday, (November 11) by activists who have championed his cause. The two-hour recording shows that Richard Hopkins recanted claims he had made in a sworn affidavit that top Republicans cited over the weekend as potential evidence of widespread election irregularities and fraud."

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