Salon: A Pennsylvania postal worker who initially alleged that a postmaster had tampered with mail ballots — an accusation embraced by Republicans as evidence of an unfair election — told federal investigators in a recorded interview that his sworn affidavit had been written by Project Veritas, and that he could no longer stand by his statement.

After congressional investigators said on Tuesday that the postal worker, Richard Hopkins, had “completely” recanted his allegation, Project Veritas posted a video of Hopkins denying that he had done so.

“I’m here to say I did not recant my statements,” Hopkins said in the video. “That did not happen.”

The next day, Project Veritas posted a two-hour audio clip of Hopkins’ interview with U.S. Postal Service investigators, apparently in the belief that it would bolster Hopkins’ case and show that investigators had manipulated him into confessing.

The audio recording, which Hopkins himself made secretly and Salon has reviewed, does not indicate that, however. Hopkins repeatedly disavows any first-hand knowledge of misconduct by the postmaster, saying instead that his allegation was largely an assumption, drawn from pieces of a conversation he overheard amid the noise of a mail processing facility.

“I didn’t specifically overhear the whole story. I just heard a part of it,” Hopkins said in the recording. “And I could have missed a lot of it.”

“My mind probably added the rest. I understand that,” he said at another point, adding: “All it is is hearsay, and that’s the worst part.”

When an agent asked Hopkins in the recording if he would still swear to the affidavit’s claim that the postmaster “was back-dating ballots,” he replied: “At this point? No.”

Hopkins also told the federal agents that the affidavit, which he signed under penalty of law and which was later provided to the Trump campaign and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., had been written by Project Veritas.

Because he had signed the document in a state of “so much shock,” Hopkins said, “I wasn’t paying that much attention to what [Project Veritas] were telling me.”  read more..

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