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Politics Schiff calls for inquiry after report that Trump DOJ targeted Democrats in Congress

05:40  11 june  2021
05:40  11 june  2021 Source:   nbcnews.com

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Trump has said he wants to hear from the anonymous whistle-blower whose report led to the launch of the impeachment inquiry in the first place. Democrats call Trump and his team's efforts to push Ukraine to investigate Biden ' Trump acted as Founders feared,' Schiff calls for Trump removal. In lamenting that Trump is continuing to obstruct Congress by instructing White House staffers not to

Rep. Adam Schiff denounced Thursday the "politicization" of government under former President Donald Trump after The New York Times reported the Department of Justice targeted communication records of key Democratic lawmakers, their aides and family members.

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“That is a terrible abuse of power, it violates, I think the separation of powers, but it also makes the Department Justice a fully-owned subsidiary of the president’s personal legal interests,” Schiff, who was targeted in the subpoena, said in an interview Thursday with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow.

Schiff, who is now the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, did not name who else had been targeted and said that he did not know if Republican members were included, adding that the subpoenas were “extraordinarily broad.”

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Call your local paper and report this shit. Schiff and Hill absolutely shredded the Republican talking points in that hearing today. I'd already made a comment about what a powerful orator Schiff was, one of the best in Congress (although AOC is definitely making an impression), but the way he finished by nailing Cummings' quote and almost roaring Democrats need to just admit that it's just them.

“President Trump repeatedly and flagrantly demanded that the Department of Justice carry out his political will, and tried to use the Department as a cudgel against his political opponents and members of the media," Schiff, D-Calif., said in a statement. "It is increasingly apparent that those demands did not fall on deaf ears. The politicization of the Department and the attacks on the rule of law are among the most dangerous assaults on our democracy carried out by the former President."

The New York Times reported that the Justice Department in February 2018 subpoenaed metadata from the tech giant Apple related to the accounts of at least two Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee, aides and family members, including a minor child.

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Democratic Congressmen Jerry Nadler (top right) and Adam Schiff (bottom right) refused to rule out possible impeachment against President Trump (above) on Sunday. President Trump dismissed Democrats ' talk of impeachment on Sunday. 'How do you impeach a Republican President for a crime that was committed by the Democrats ?' the president tweeted on Sunday. House Judiciary Chair Jerry Nadler said Congress might get to an impeachment inquiry on Trump if that is where the evidence leads them.

Trump also appears to feel vindicated after an inspector general report released on Wednesday found that, contrary to media reports at the time, police didn’t clear protesters from a park near the White House so the president could have a photo opportunity at a nearby church that had been torched by rioters. “This week, I have been totally exonerated by the inspector general in the clearing of Lafayette Park, despite earlier reports that it was done for political purposes,” Trump said in a separate statement. “And I have been totally exonerated in Congress by the testimony of former White House

At the time, the House Intelligence Committee was investigating Russian interference into the 2016 election and conducting closed-door interviews with witnesses. Schiff and other Democrats on the committee became some of the most vocal critics of Trump in Congress.

Apple notified some members of the House Intelligence Committee in May of this year that their information had been included, a committee officials confirmed to NBC News. Apple also notified current and former staff and family members, including minor children, that their information had also been subject to subpoenas, the official said.

The committee asked Justice for more details and were informed in May that matter had been closed, the official said.

The probe was initially launched, the paper reported, to find the source of leaks of classified information early in the Trump administration. Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions began the probe and it was revived under his successor at Justice, Bill Barr.

The paper reported that ultimately, the probe did not connect anyone on the committee to the leaks.

Schiff said although the probe appears to be closed, there should be an internal investigation.

"Though we were informed by the Department in May that this investigation is closed, I believe more answers are needed, which is why I believe the Inspector General should investigate this and other cases that suggest the weaponization of law enforcement by a corrupt president," he said in his statement.

Trump DOJ’s Secret Subpoenas and Data Seizures: What We Know .
The Trump Justice Department went to unprecedented lengths to hunt down leakers, seizing records from reporters, Democrats, and a White House counsel.Below is what we know about this still-unfolding scandal, the people and data targeted by the Justice Department’s secret subpoenas, and the potential consequences.

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This is interesting!