Politics Trump DOJ Seized Adam Schiff’s Records in Search for Leaks: Report

08:05  11 june  2021
08:05  11 june  2021 Source:   nymag.com

Justice Department seizes Apple data from Rep. Adam Schiff

  Justice Department seizes Apple data from Rep. Adam Schiff Justice Department prosecutors seized metadata records from Apple for accounts belonging to Rep. Adam Schiff and other members of the House Intelligence Committee.Prosecutors investigating the leaks of classified information from early in the Trump administration subpoenaed Apple and seized the data of at least a dozen people tied to the committee in 2017 and early 2018, officials told The New York Times.

Former President Donald Trump always disdained those in his administration who informed the press of the stupidity of his administration. His feelings could be summarized by one tweet in 2018: “Leakers are traitors and cowards, and we will find out who they are!”

Adam Schiff wearing a suit and tie: Getty Images © Getty Images Getty Images

According to the New York Times, Trump’s Department of Justice took unprecedented steps to find out who in Washington was leaking information to the press, seizing the records of several people connected to the House Intelligence Committee in 2017, including Eric Swalwell and its top Democrat Adam Schiff. Prosecutors working under then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions were looking for the sources for who was informing reporters about the Trump camp’s connections to Russia. They did so by subpoenaeing Apple for data from the accounts of at least two House Intelligence Democrats, their aides, and their family — including a minor. The provider was only required to hand over metadata and account information.

Watchdog will investigate Trump DOJ leak subpoenas against Congress and reporters

  Watchdog will investigate Trump DOJ leak subpoenas against Congress and reporters The Department of Justice's top watchdog announced it is looking into recent revelations that the DOJ sought subpoenas against Democratic members of Congress and reporters as part of the investigation into alleged leaks of classified information to the media. © Provided by Washington Examiner The office for Michael Horowitz announced the new watchdog investigation on Friday.

It was unsuccessful, as the Times details: “Ultimately, the data and other evidence did not tie the committee to the leaks, and investigators debated whether they had hit a dead end.” But that didn’t stop Trump’s second Attorney General, William Barr, from trying again, transferring a prosecutor from New Jersey who worked in gang and health-care fraud prosecutions to the National Security Division to conduct the probe. The leak team briefed the deputy AG’s office every other week on their developments.

Similar to the recent revelation that the Trump DOJ seized phone records of reporters as part of the leak investigation, Schiff did not know about the subpoena until a gag order on Apple expired this May. As the paper notes, subpoenaing the data of lawmakers is “a nearly unheard-of move outside of corruption investigations.” It’s also a marker of just how far the politicization of the purportedly independent Department of Justice went under Trump.

On Thursday night, Schiff responded, saying that “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. It is increasingly apparent that those demands did not fall on deaf ears.” He also encouraged the DOJ inspector general to open an inquiry into “this and other cases that suggest the weaponization of law enforcement by a corrupt president.”

As for the leakers who were traitors and cowards, it appears Trump never found out who they were.

Dems Rage at Biden DOJ: Your Moves ‘Make No Sense’ .
When Merrick Garland was sworn in as attorney general in March, Democrats couldn’t wait for him to overhaul a Department of Justice that had started acting like former President Donald Trump’s personal law office. But three months into his tenure, many Democrats aren’t exactly seeing a turn of the page. While they have largely praised Garland’s first steps on key issues like voting rights, the attorney general has also presided over a series of decisions that have lawmakers frustrated or downright angry. “I am very concerned by what I had hoped would be a departure from some of the worst behaviors of the Trump administration,” said Rep.

usr: 1
This is interesting!