Donald Trump tried to recruit top US law enforcement officials in his bid to overturn the results of the 2020 election, in an effort called “sheer insanity,” the newly released emails reveal.
The documents, released by the House of Representatives oversight committee on Tuesday, show an increasingly desperate bid by the former president and his allies to stay in power after losing the November election.
“These documents show that President Trump attempted to corrupt our nation’s top law enforcement agency in a blatant attempt to reverse an election he lost,” said Carolyn Maloney, chair of the House oversight committee.
Previous White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows told justice department officials to investigate false allegations of voter fraud at least five times., according to documents, including the conspiracy theory “Italygate.” Richard Donoghue, then acting deputy attorney general, responded to an email regarding the theory as “pure insanity.”
What is the meaning of the emails? They show that Trump pressured then-acting attorney general Jeffrey Rosen to get the justice department to accept the allegations of voter fraud, writes our Washington DC bureau chief David Smith.
Republicans are trying to block a Senate investigation into the seizure of secret Trump justice department data Democrats to track leaks of classified information.
And they mount the problems for the lawyers who fueled Trump’s electoral conspiracies. Attorneys like L Lin Wood and Sidney Powell face career-threatening federal investigations and defamation lawsuits, writes Peter Stone.
Meanwhile, Joe Biden was due to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva on Wednesday. at a highly anticipated summit. On Tuesday, Biden attended his first EU-US summit. In Brussels.
Israel launches airstrike in Gaza after militants release incendiary balloons
Israel carried out an airstrike in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday night in response to the incendiary balloons launched from Palestinian territory.
The attack was the first since a truce ended 11 days of deadly violence last month, and the violence is a preliminary test for Israel’s new government, which was sworn in just three days ago.
That It came after a march by Jewish nationalists in East Jerusalem on Tuesday sparked threats of action by the Palestinian militant group Hamaswrite Oliver Holmes and Quique Kierszenbaum.
More than a year after shutdown, California lifts Covid rules with ‘grand reopening’
California lifted its major coronavirus restrictions on Tuesday with a “grand reopening,” 15 months after it became the first US state to close due to the pandemic.
At midnight, almost all of its restrictions on social distancing and capacity limits were lifted and vaccinated residents were allowed to go without a mask in most spaces (exceptions include public transportation, health care facilities, K-12 schools and prisons).
“With all due respect, eat your heart, the rest of the United States,” said California Governor Gavin Newsom. “The state is not only ready to recover, it is ready to roar back.”
What is the background? California went from being an early pandemic success story to the center of the virus in the United States, report Lois Beckett and Peter-Astrid Kane. After closing in March 2020, businesses began to reopen last June, but restrictions were reimposed after cases began to escalate and a deadly winter followed that saw two Covid deaths per hour.
How many Californians are vaccinated? At least 70% of adults have received at least one dose.
Meanwhile, Vermont has become the first US state to achieve 80% vaccinations. and it’s lifting all coronavirus restrictions across the state.
New York also lifted many of its restrictions: celebrating with fireworks as it reached 70% of adults who had received at least one dose of vaccine.
But despite all the progress, the Delta variant has doubled roughly every two weeks in the US. What does it mean? Reports Jessica Glenza.
A former St Louis cop convicted of beating a suspect had been expelled from a neighboring police force.
A former police officer in St Louis, Missouri with a history of violence was convicted of striking a suspect while he was lying immobilized and prostrate on the ground.
Ellis Brown III was found guilty by a federal jury last week after an internal police investigation cleared him from a 2019 car chase that severely kicked Steven Kolb, who was so badly injured that he was rushed to the hospital, after surrender.
But Brown is best known as one of two St. Louis officers who shot and killed Kajieme Powell, a black man, in 2014., reports Chris McGreal, 10 days after another police officer killed Michael Brown in the vicinity of Ferguson.
In other news …
Joe Biden is reportedly planning to appoint antitrust investigator Lina Khan as chair of the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The anticipated move it would represent a victory for progressives who have pushed through laws to combat monopolies and corporate power. Khan was confirmed by the Senate as an FTC commissioner on Tuesday with strong bipartisan support.
Indigenous Canadians who were forced to use European names in official documents have won the right to have their original names restored while the government tries to repair the historical abuses. It comes after the discovery last month of hundreds of unnamed graves on the site of a former residential school.
Shelby Houlihan, US 1500 and the 5,000m record holder, a four-year doping ban has been issued after testing positive for the anabolic steroid nandrolone and attempting to blame a burrito. Houlihan, 28, considered one of the top Olympic medal candidates for the Tokyo Games, said she had “never taken performance-enhancing substances”.
Peruvians from the Huinchiri community in the Cusco region are rebuilding a 500-year-old Inca suspension bridge using traditional weaving techniques after its collapse in March. The Q’eswachaka Bridge, which connects two communities across the Apurimac River, is 30 meters (98 feet) long.
Stat of the day: 10 of America’s richest families, including the Walmart family, saw their combined net worth skyrocket by more than $ 136 billion during the pandemic
Silver Spoon Oligarchs, a report from the Institute for Political Studies (IPS) released Wednesday, found that their wealth skyrocketed in 14 months and shows how families have acted to ensure the system supports their growing wealth for decades.
Don’t Miss This: Is ‘Meat That Doesn’t Kill’ Too Good To Be True?
Raised in a laboratory bioreactor from cells derived from live animals, “unkilled” or laboratory-grown meat is billed as a way to reap all the benefits of meat minus the ethical and environmental disadvantages. But is the movement, led by the California startup Eat Just, as good as it sounds? Experts question his bold claims, writes Erin McCormick.
The Latest: Fox Reporter Goes Off Script
Ivory Hecker’s colleagues and Fox 26 viewers were expecting a report on the impact of the hot weather in Houston. Instead, the disgruntled journalist used her report to mount an airborne attack on her employer, whom she accused of “gagging,” and claimed that she had passed information about her colleagues to ProjectVeritas, a right-wing nonprofit organization. Then he smoothly returned to the planned topic: “Looking at this weather in Texas, you can see what it’s doing to the air conditioning units …”
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