Schiff calls for inquiry after report that Trump DOJ targeted Democrats in Congress

The New York Times reported that former Attorney General Jeff Sessions sought lawmakers’ data as part of a leak investigation.

Rape. Adam Schiff, D-California. The New York Times on Thursday denounced the “politicization” of the government under former President Donald Trump. Reported That the Justice Department targeted communications records of prominent Democratic lawmakers, their aides and family members.

“It’s a horrible abuse of power. It violates, I think, the separation of powers, but it also makes the Department of Justice a wholly owned subsidiary of the president’s personal legal interests,” said Schiff, who was targeted in the summons. was done, said an interview Thursday with MSGranthshala’s Rachel Maddow.

Intelligence committee chairman Schiff did not name who else was targeted, and said he did not know whether Republican members were involved, adding that the summons were “extraordinarily broad”.

In a separate statement, Schiff said: “President Trump repeatedly and openly demanded that the Justice Department fulfill his political will, and tried to use the department against his political opponents and members of the media. It is increasingly clear that those demands have been ignored. The politicization of the department and attacks on the rule of law are among the most dangerous attacks on our democracy by the former president.”

The Times reported that the Justice Department submitted metadata from tech giant Apple to the House Intelligence Committee in February 2018 relating to the accounts of at least two Democrats as well as associates and family members, including a minor child.

At that time, the Intelligence Committee was Russian investigation Interference in the 2016 election and interviewing witnesses behind closed doors. Schiff and the other Democrats on the committee became the most vocal critics of Trump in Congress.

Apple notified some of the committee members last month that their information had been included, a committee official confirmed to Granthshala News. The official said Apple also informed current and former staff members and relatives, including minor children, that their information was subject to subpoenas.

The official said the committee sought more information from the Justice Department and was informed last month that the case had been closed.

The investigation was initially launched in the Trump administration to find the source of the leak of classified information, The Times reported. Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions launched the investigation, and it was revived under his successor, William Barr.

The Times reported that, ultimately, the investigation did not link anyone on the committee to the leak.

Schiff said that although the investigation appears to be closing, there should be an internal investigation.

“Although we were informed by the department in May that this investigation has been closed, I believe more answers are needed, so I believe the Inspector General should investigate this and other matters.” who suggest a corrupt president arming law enforcement.” He said in his statement.

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