Joaquin Castro questions whether postal workers broke federal law by hiding mail

Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) has signaled that the moving of a backlog of mail from San Antonio’s main United States Postal Service facility prior to his tour of the building earlier this week could have broken federal mail tampering laws.

“There’s a federal law against any postal service employee doing anything to tamper with the mail or delaying the mail,” Castro told the San Antonio Express-News editorial board Friday. “So right away, that’s a big issue right there. Whether their actions to delay mail or even the incident here in San Antonio with me — if you go move that mail and just keep it somewhere on purpose to hide it from someone, are you delaying mail in violation of federal law?”

Castro toured the facility Wednesday to address the recent delays that have been occurring within the Postal Service due to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy‘s large restructuring of day-to-day operations of the nation’s mail service.

Postal union leader Carlos Barrios said that workers were allegedly told to move the mail before Castro arrived to make the situation seem less dire.

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