Trump Justice Department subpoenaed Apple for data from House Intelligence Committee Democrats, sources say

California Representative Eric Swalwell, another Democrat on the committee, told Granthshala’s Don Lemon on Thursday evening that he was informed that his data had also been confiscated as part of the investigation.

A person familiar with the matter said that in February 2018 the FBI began hunting for the leaks with sending a subpoena to Apple, which included a covert order, on more than 100 accounts as part of an investigation into the disclosure of classified information. Metadata was requested.

The gag order was renewed three times before it expired this year and Apple notified customers. The House Intelligence Committee determined that along with panel members and staff, Dragnet collected records of family members, including at least one minor, the person said.

A source on the House Intelligence Committee told Granthshala that the records seized include those of staff members who have nothing to do with Russia or issues related to former FBI Director James Comey, including staff from Schiff’s personal office. are also included.

The source said the Democratic committee’s leadership is relying on self-reporting to know who has been affected at this point — both members and staff.

Swellwell confirmed to Granthshala that records of family members and a minor had been obtained.

“I know it’s true,” he told Lemon. “And I believe he was targeted punitively, not for any reason in law, but because Donald Trump identified Chairman Schiff and the committee members as his enemies.”

The House Intelligence Committee official said those who were subjected to the subpoenas were informed by Apple in May that the Justice Department had issued grand jury summons in February 2018 for their information.

The committee official told Granthshala, “The committee continues to ask for additional information, but the department is not proceeding in a timely manner, including whether the investigation was conducted properly and whether it targets only Democrats.” “

At this point, the Legislative Affairs staff is the only Justice Department employee who has communicated with the Intelligence Committee, according to the committee’s source.

The news of the summons marks the latest revelations about the Trump administration’s heavy-handed strategy towards the leak investigation. The development follows a series of revelations about the Justice Department secretly obtaining records from journalists including Granthshala’s Barbara Starr, as well as reporters from the Washington Post and other news organizations.

And while Data didn’t add to the committee for leaks during the tenure of then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions, William Barr transferred a prosecutor from New Jersey to the Chief Justice Department to work on the case related to Schiff and others when he The lawyer became a general the following year, three people with knowledge of his work told the Times.

A spokesman for the Justice Department, a representative for Apple and Barr declined to comment to the Times.

In a statement Thursday evening, Schiff said, “The Department’s politicization and attacks on the rule of law are among the most dangerous attacks on our democracy by a former president. However we were informed by the Department in May that the investigation was closed.” “I believe more answers are needed, so I believe the Inspector General should investigate this and other cases that suggest a corrupt president arming law enforcement.”

When asked by Granthshala’s Chris Cuomo about the number of accounts seized later on Thursday, Schiff said he wasn’t sure about the number, but added, “It wouldn’t surprise me if it was an extraordinary number.” Because the circle that I know of was so wide that they clearly weren’t discriminating. They were just fishing.”

That message was echoed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who called the development “annoying.”

“These actions appear to be another serious attack on our democracy waged by the former president,” Pelosi said in a statement.

“I support the call for Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff to investigate this situation and other acts of law enforcement by the former president. Transparency is essential.”

This story has been updated with further development.

Granthshala’s Katie Bo Williams and Kristin Wilson contributed to this report.


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