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Weekend Reads United States. Democratic parliamentarian data seized with Apple under Trump

12:35  11 june  2021
12:35  11 june  2021 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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Adam Schiff, ici en mars 2020, ferait partie des deux parlementaires démocrates ciblés. © Carlos Barria / Archives Reuters Adam Schiff, here in March 2020, would be part of the two targeted Democrat parliamentarians.

According to an article from the "New York Times", the US Department of Justice has made it possible to Apple during the mandate of Donald Trump of data from two democratic parliamentarians.

The US Department of Justice has captured with Apple during the chairmanship of Donald Trump data from two democratic parliamentarians about the House of Representative Intelligence Commission and their collaborators and members of their families, according to The New York Times .

Assignments In order to obtain the communication of these data referred Adam Schiff, representative of California and at the time the main democratic member of this commission that he now presides, reported Thursday, June 10 the American daily.

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"It's bad"

The representative Eric Swalwell said Thursday to CNN that he was the second Democratic Representative of the Commission. I was notified [...] by Apple that they had grasped my data. It's wrong, he said.

According to the New York Times, prosecutors from the Ministry of Justice then led by Jeff Sessions have made unusual efforts to find the source of leaks.

They targeted data from parliamentarians as well as their staff and families, including a minor, because, according to the newspaper, they thought they used the devices of their collaborators or children to hide contacts with journalists.

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Instrumentalization of the law?

Finally, none of the data collected or other evidence has linked parliamentarians or the intelligence board to these leaks, says the daily. But the investigation was restarted a year later by the Minister of Justice Bill Barr.

The Ministry of Justice and Apple have not made any comments on this information. Such data entries are rare outside of corruption investigations.

Adam Schiff, without confirming having been target of the survey, claimed investigations to the Inspector General of the Department of Justice on this and other cases that suggest an instrumentalization of the law enforcement by a corrupt president .

"A Matrack against his opponents"

Donald Trump has tried to use the department as a baton against his political opponents and the members of the media, said Adam Schiff in a statement. It is more and more obvious that these requests have not fallen into the deaf ear.

Nancy Pelosi, the Democrat Speaker of the House of Representatives, also asked for investigations, describing the New York Times article in an appall in a statement. For her, these actions seem to be a flagrant new assault against our democracy launched by the former president.

The Ministry of Justice had imposed on Apple a non-disclosure instruction, which expired this year, and parliamentarians were not aware of the investigations until the IT group notifies them last month, according to the New York Times.

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