Apple Reveals Unusual Move by Trump's White House

Apple Reveals Unusual Move by Trump's White House

Apple Reveals Unusual Move by Trump's White House

While searching for the source of leaked intelligence regarding the Russian Federation investigation, Trump's Justice Department seized records from Apple belonging to Democrats in Congress, The New York Times reported Thursday. David Laufman, a former Justice Department official who worked on leak investigations, told the Times that Trump had "an unmistakeable vendetta against Congressman Schiff", and this "raises serious questions about whether the manner in which this investigation was conducted was influenced by political considerations rather than purely legal ones".

The full report on the subpoenas and the circumstances behind them can be read over at The New York Times.

Adam Schiff chairs the House intelligence committee. Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) was the second member, according to spokeswoman Natalie Edelstein.

A House Intelligence Committee official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the matter remains politically sensitive, said Thursday night that Apple in May had notified at least 12 people connected to the panel of subpoenas for their data, and that one minor was among them. Apple informed the committee last month that their records had been shared, but did not give extensive detail. Dick Durbin of IL, the Judiciary Committee chairman, said in a statement Friday that Barr and Sessions "must testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee" and are subject to a subpoena if they refuse.

The Justice Department and Apple are yet to comment on the report. Trump was ultimately impeached by the House as a result of that investigation.

"These actions appear to be yet another egregious assault on our democracy waged by the former president", she said in a statement.

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The Justice Department was also said to have obtained a gag order preventing Apple from alerting lawmakers.

Schiff, in a statement late Thursday, called for an investigation by the Justice Department's inspector general on the seizures.

In their joint statement Friday, Schumer and Durbin said that in addition to Barr, Sessions and other officials testifying, the Justice Department "must provide information and answers to the Judiciary Committee, which will vigorously investigate this abuse of power".

"There must be a full investigation of abuses under former Attorneys General Sessions and Barr, and anyone at DOJ who was complicit in these abuses of power can not be trusted to continue serving in government", the statement said.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., echoed Schiff's call for an inquiry into the matter, calling it a "weaponization of law enforcement by the former president".

Trump "tried to use the Department as a cudgel against his political opponents and members of the media". The first and most important norm post-Watergate is the president of the United States does not get involved in particular cases at the Justice Department, doesn't urge the Justice Department to investigate particular people. After some of the information was declassified and made public during the later years of the Trump administration, some of the prosecutors were concerned that even if they could bring a leak case, trying it would be hard and a conviction would be unlikely, one of the people said.

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