World Adam Schiff Urges Merrick Garland to 'Clean House' Over DOJ-Apple Subpoena
The DOJ has a plan to protect voting rights. It might not be enough.
Merrick Garland’s speech is a cry for congressional action.In a speech on Friday, Attorney General Merrick Garland laid out the DOJ plan to protect voting rights and announced that the department’s Civil Rights Division would begin staffing up to aid enforcement efforts.
Rep.urged Attorney General to "clean house" after it was revealed that Trump officials subpoenaed for data from the accounts of at least two on the House Intelligence Committee.
In an interview with, the House Intelligence Committee chairman said the attorney general has to "make sure there's accountability" for those in the Department of Justice who were involved in "partisan investigations" under Trump.
Gregg Jarrett: Rep. Adam Schiff's fury and outrage over seized phone records is a perverse irony
Rep. Adam Schiff threw an apoplectic fit the other day when he learned that what he did to others was done to him. There is some perverse irony in all of this. But, of course, Schiff neglected to mention his own hypocrisy. Schiff’s tantrum was triggered by the recent disclosure that the Trump Department of Justice obtained his phone records, along with another California Democrat, Eric Swalwell and several journalists.
He added that congressional committees also need to investigate the Trump administration's attempts to probe the Apple data of political rivals, but said he didn't think he'd have "a role in that" as he was the subject of one subpoena.
Speaking toon Thursday night, Schiff said: "I think that the attorney general has an obligation to clean house, to essentially understand what the department was doing the last four years, make sure there's accountability for those that were engaged in political and partisan investigations within the department.
"In terms of the oversight by, I don't think I have a role in that, given that some of my records are apparently the subject of subpoena. But, I think other committees as part of their oversight responsibilities ought to ask the attorney general and others.
Nancy Pelosi Brands Trump DOJ Data Seizure 'Egregious Assault' on Democracy
The House speaker accused Donald Trump of weaponizing law enforcement against his political opponents. "Recently, it has become public that the Trump Administration sought account metadata of House Intelligence Committee Members and staff and their families," her statement read."The news about the politicization of the Trump Administration Justice Department is harrowing. These actions appear to be yet another egregious assault on our democracy waged by the former president.
"And I do think the department needs to do a wholesale review of the politicization of these cases over the past four years."
The New York Times reported on Thursday that Trump officials subpoenaed Apple for the account data of Reps. Schiff and Eric Swalwell of California, as well as their family members and political aides.
Prosecutors seized the data of at least a dozen people in 2017 and early 2018, the Times reported, adding that one of those who was caught up in the subpoena probe was a minor. Trump officials were said to be hunting for the source of a story about contacts between the president's allies and Russia.
The Department of Justice also placed a gag order on Apple to stop it disclosing details of the subpoenas. The order expired last month, when the lawmakers were told that they were under investigation, according to the Times.
Details of the subpoenas emerged less than a week after the Biden administration announced it wasduring leak probes.
5 Republican Senators Write Letter to AG Claiming 'Unequal Justice' of Capitol Rioters Compared to Protesters
Senators Ron Johnson, Tommy Tuberville, Mike Lee, Rick Scott and Ted Cruz signed the letter.Signed by Senators Ron Johnson, Tommy Tuberville, Mike Lee, Rick Scott and Ted Cruz, the letter highlighted a few instances of disruption by protests that may have resulted in unequal justice in the prosecution of those involved. They requested "information about our concerns regarding potential unequal justice administered in response to other recent instances of mass unrest, destruction, and loss of life throughout the United States.
"The department strongly values a free press, protecting First Amendment values, and is committed to taking all appropriate steps to ensure the independence of journalists," Justice Department spokesman Anthony Coley said at the time.
President Biden said the tactic of harvesting reporters' data was "simply, simply wrong" last month, and promised that his administration would stop the practice. Newsweek has contacted the Department of Justice for further comment.
Tucker Carlson: Government agents may have helped organize the Jan. 6 Capitol riot .
Tucker Carlson investigates a new report suggesting the FBI may have been involved in the Jan. 6 Capitol Riot.By any definition, these were crimes of viciousness motivated by race hate. They’re not unique in this country — not by a long shot. If we wanted to — and we don’t — we could do a whole show on crimes like these. Nor are they especially surprising, when you think about it.