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Daily Bread for 7.31.21

Good morning.

Saturday in Whitewater will be mostly sunny with a high of 82. Sunrise is 5:46 AM and sunset 8:15 PM, for 14h 29m 22s of daytime.  The moon is in its third quarter with 49.8% of its visible disk illuminated.

On this day in 1964, Ranger 7 sends back the first close-up photographs of the moon, with images 1,000 times clearer than anything ever seen from earth-bound telescopes.

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 Katie Benner reports Trump Pressed Justice Dept. to Declare Election Results Corrupt, Notes Show:

President Donald J. Trump pressed top Justice Department officials late last year to declare that the election was corrupt even though they had found no instances of widespread fraud, so he and his allies in Congress could use the assertion to try to overturn the results, according to new documents provided to lawmakers.

The demands were an extraordinary instance of a president interfering with an agency that is typically more independent from the White House to advance his personal agenda. They are also the latest example of Mr. Trump’s wide-ranging campaign during his final weeks in office to delegitimize the election results.

The exchange unfolded during a phone call on Dec. 27 in which Mr. Trump pressed the acting attorney general at the time, Jeffrey A. Rosen, and his deputy, Richard P. Donoghue, on voter fraud claims that the Justice Department had found no evidence for. Mr. Donoghue warned that the department had no power to change the outcome of the election. Mr. Trump replied that he did not expect that, according to notes Mr. Donoghue took memorializing the conversation.

“Just say that the election was corrupt + leave the rest to me” and to congressional allies, Mr. Donoghue wrote in summarizing Mr. Trump’s response.

Mr. Trump did not name the lawmakers, but at other points during the call, he mentioned Representative Jim Jordan, Republican of Ohio, whom he described as a “fighter”; Representative Scott Perry, Republican of Pennsylvania, who at the time promoted the idea that the election was stolen from Mr. Trump; and Senator Ron Johnson, Republican of Wisconsin, whom Mr. Trump praised for “getting to bottom of things.”

(Ron Johnson: Trump’s Willing Enabler in Wisconsin.)

 The Associated Press reports Speaker Robin Vos expands investigation into Wisconsin 2020 election after two investigators quit:

MADISON – The highest-ranking Republican in the Wisconsin Assembly said Friday that he was expanding a probe into the 2020 presidential election, saying it will take more investigators and time than originally planned.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos signed contracts in June with two retired police detectives and a former Wisconsin Supreme Court justice to handle the investigation. But those two investigators quit earlier this month, Vos confirmed for the first time Friday, leading him to “take a different tack.”

Vos has designated retired Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman as a “special counsel” and empowered him to hire as many investigators as he wants, with the goal of completing the probe this fall.

“If he thinks he needs one person, great,” Vos told The Associated Press. “If he thinks he needs half a dozen, great.”

Gableman, who during a pro-Trump rally in November claimed the election had been stolen, did not immediately reply to a message seeking comment.

The move comes amid growing calls from former President Donald Trump and other Wisconsin Republicans for a broader audit.

(Robin Vos: Bringing an Arizona-style Inquisition to Wisconsin Since 2021.)

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