On Tuesday evening, the Washington Post wrote that USPS whistleblower Richard Hopkins ‘admitted to fabricating’ allegations of voter fraud, when he claimed in a Project Veritas video that he overheard a postmaster in Erie, Pennsylvania instructing postal workers to collect and backdate ballots received after election day.
Citing “people who spoke on the condition of anonymity,” the Post nowsays that Hopkins – a Marine combat veteran – “signed an affidavit recanting his claims.“
In a Tuesday night interview with Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe, Hopkins says he was intimidated and coerced by federal investigators with the USPS Inspector General’s office.
“They were grilling the hell out of me,” says Hopkins, adding “I feel like I just got played.”
Hours after the Post‘s claim, O’Keefe tweeted a recording of Hopkins’ interview with IG employee Russel Strasser.
“I am trying to twist you a little bit, believe it or not, because in that – your mind will kick in,” said Strasser.
“Okay,” says Hopkins.
“We like to control our mind,” Strasser continues. “And when we do that, we can convince ourselves of a memory. But when you’re under a little bit of stress, which is what I’m doing to you purposely, your mind can be a little bit clearer and we’re going to do a different exerciser too, to make your mind a little bit clearer. So, but this is all on purpose.”
“Roger,” replies Hopkins.
“I am not scaring you. But I am scaring you,” he continued.
At the end of the interview with O’Keefe, Hopkins says that he stands by his original claim. Meanwhile, O’Keefe says there is more coming tomorrow on this.
Attorney and conservative commentator Mike Cernovich suggested the Strasser was employing ‘an interrogation technique where the federal agent tries to use stress tactics to implant a false memory into the interview subject.’
Earlier in the evening, Veritas posted a video of Hopkins explicitly saying “I do not recant.”
Hopkins, meanwhile, has been placed on administrative leave without pay.