Justice Department prosecutors have confiscated data from two Democratic lawmakers from Apple, according to the NY Times.
Under former President Donald Trump, U.S. Department of Justice prosecutors seized data from two Democratic lawmakers on Apple’s House Intelligence Committee, as well as their staff and family members, The New York Times reported on Thursday.
The lawsuit alleges that California Congressman Adam Schiff, Trump’s foe, who was the commission’s main Democrat at the time and is now its chairman, was targeted for communications metadata.
Record seizures occurred in 2017 սկզբ early 2018, when the department investigated the leak of confidential information contacts According to the newspaper, between the Trump administration and the Russian government.
Trump has repeatedly demanded that the DOJ pursue its political enemies.
It is clear that his demands were not heard.
This groundless investigation, although now closed, is another example of Trump’s use of corrupt weapons.
And to what extent he undermined our democracy.
– Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) June 11, 2021
Congressman Eric Swallow told CNN on Thursday that he was the second Democratic lawmaker on the commission to be targeted.
“Apple has informed me that they have confiscated my records. That is wrong, “he said.
The newspaper writes that one of the targeted family members was a minor.
According to the Times, prosecutors at the time, led by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, made an unusual effort to find the source of the leak.
Justice Department officials targeted the electronic data not only of lawmakers, but also of their staff and families, who may have been targeted by investigators because investigators believed lawmakers were using their colleagues’ or children’s devices to cover journalists.
Like many of the world’s most despicable dictators, former President Trump has openly despised our democracy, the rule of law. My announcement. pic.twitter.com/Pvvb1xYiLn:
– Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) June 11, 2021
The Justice Department and Apple have not yet commented on the report.
After all, no data or evidence has linked the legislature or the House Intelligence Committee to the leak, the Times said.
However, the investigation into the leak was reopened a year later by Attorney General Bill Barr, the newspaper reported.
The seizure of such records has rarely been seen outside of a corruption investigation.
“Consumption of weapons by law enforcement agencies”
Schiff, not confirming that he was the target of the investigation, launched an investigation by the Chief Inspector of the Department of Justice into “these and other cases involving the disarmament of law enforcement officials by a corrupt president.”
Trump “tried to use the administration as a trap against his political opponents, the media.” “It is becoming increasingly clear that these demands were not being heeded,” Schiff said in a statement.
Top Democrat Nancy Pelosi also called for an investigation, describing the New York Times report as “terrible.”
“These actions appear to be another vicious attack on our democracy against our former democracy,” he said in a statement.
According to the Department of Justice, an absurd order was placed on Apple, which ended this year, which means that lawmakers are unaware of the probes, until last month the technology giant informed them, according to the newspaper.
Schiff, who led the Democratic prosecution team during the first trial of Trump’s Senate impeachment in early 2020, has long rallied against the former president, calling him “dangerous.”
He: made the case To oust Trump in early 2020, to abuse power, to obstruct Congress. Trump was later acquitted. The House later impeached him and the Senate was acquitted of his role in inciting riots in the US capital on January 6, 2021.