Trump urged Justice officials to declare election 'corrupt'

President Donald Trump urged senior Justice Department officials to declare the results of the 2020 election "corrupt" in a December phone call, according to handwritten notes from one of the participants

Trump urged Justice officials to declare election 'corrupt'

President Donald Trump urged senior Justice Department officials to declare the results of the 2020 election "corrupt" in a December phone call, according to handwritten notes from one of the participants in the conversation.

The notes of the December 27 call, released Friday by the House Oversight Committee, underscore the lengths to which Trump went to try to overturn the results of the election and to elicit the support of law enforcement officials and other government leaders in that effort.

Emails released last month show that Trump and his allies in the last weeks of his presidency pressured the Justice Department to investigate unsubstantiated claims of widespread 2020 election fraud, and the department's inspector general is looking into whether department officials tried to subvert the results.

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"Just say the election was corrupt and leave the rest to me and the R. Congressmen," Trump said at one point to then-Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, according to notes taken by Richard Donoghue, who was then Rosen's deputy and who was also on the call.

The pressure is all the more notable because just weeks earlier, Trump's own attorney general William Barr, had revealed that the Justice Department had found no evidence of widespread fraud that could have overturned the results.

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The December 27 call took place just days after Barr had resigned, leaving Rosen in charge of the department during a turbulent final weeks of the administration that also included the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol in which pro-Trump loyalists stormed the building as Congress was certifying the election results.

"These handwritten notes show that President Trump directly instructed our nation's top law enforcement agency to take steps to overturn a free and fair election in the final days of his presidency," committee chairman Rep. Carolyn Maloney, a New York Democrat, said in a statement.

Donald Trump was pressuring Justice Department officials to overturn the election results, leaked emails show.

She said the committee had begun scheduling interviews with witnesses. The Justice Department earlier this week authorised six witnesses, including Rosen and Donoghue, to appear before the panel and provide "unrestricted testimony," citing the public interest in the "extraordinary events" of those final weeks.

During the call, according to the notes, Trump complained that people were "angry" and blaming the Justice Department for "inaction" and said that "We have an obligation to tell people that this was an illegal, corrupt election."

He claimed the department had failed to respond to legitimate complaints of crime. Unsubstantiated claims of fraud have been repeatedly rejected by judge after judge, including Trump appointees, and by election officials across the country.

The Justice Department officials told Trump that the department had been investigating but the allegations were not supported by evidence, and they said that much of the information he was getting was "false", according to Donoghue's notes.

At one point in the conversation, the notes show, Rosen told Trump that the Justice Department "can't + won't snap its fingers + change the outcome of the election, doesn't work that way."

Trump responded by saying: "Don't expect you to do that, just say that the election was corrupt + leave the rest to me and the R. Congressmen," according to the notes.

Trump mused during the call about replacing Justice Department leadership with Jeffrey Clark, the then-assistant attorney general of the Environment and Natural Resources Division and the acting head of the Civil Division.

After The New York Times reported that Trump had been contemplating a plan to replace Rosen with Clark, the inspector general announced that it would investigate whether any former or current department officials "engaged in an improper attempt" to overturn the results of the presidential election.

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Bone confirmed to be remains of missing British hiker Esther Dingley

A bone found in the Pyrenees mountains has been identified as belonging to missing British hiker Esther Dingley, the charity representing her family said in a statement

Bone confirmed to be remains of missing British hiker Esther Dingley

A bone found in the Pyrenees mountains has been identified as belonging to missing British hiker Esther Dingley, the charity representing her family said in a statement Friday.

The 37-year-old had been out walking alone near the border between Spain and France and was last seen on November 22.

Since Dingley went missing, French and Spanish police carried out extensive searches in a bid to locate her.

Her partner, Daniel Colegate, is said to have walked hundreds of miles in the months since her disappearance, searching the mountains for any trace of her.

LBT Global, the charity representing her family, said in a statement on its website that it was "saddened to announce that human remains found in the search for Esther Dingley have today been confirmed via DNA testing as being hers."

The charity was set up to provide families with advice and support in the search for missing people across the globe.

In a statement issued through LBT Global, Dingley's mother, Ria Bryant, and Colegate said the news was "devastating beyond words," adding that "with this confirmation that small hope (we had) has now faded."

Details still unknown

The family thanked the search teams for their support but said many unknowns remained and so the search would continue.

"At this stage, with just a single bone found and no sign of equipment or clothing in the immediate area (which has been closely searched again over several days), the details of what happened and where still remain unknown," they said.

Rescue teams would continue their search on foot and use technology such as drones to help find her missing equipment, they said.

LBT Global chief executive Matthew Searle said in a statement: "This is devastating news for Esther's loved ones — never before have I seen such incredible determination as that shown by Daniel in his relentless physical search of the mountains."

Despite the latest development the charity stressed that the investigation remains at an early stage.

Dingley set off on a solo hike in the mountains on November 22 and had been due to return three days later.

She had been travelling around Europe in a camper van with Colegate since 2014, and the couple had been documenting their adventures on social media.

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