Trump's DOJ Investigated Schiff, Swalwell, Aides On Intelligence Panel

  • Trump's DOJ Investigated Schiff, Swalwell, Aides On Intelligence Panel

Trump's DOJ Investigated Schiff, Swalwell, Aides On Intelligence Panel

During the Trump administration, the Department of Justice launched an investigation into leaks of classified information, and subpoenaed Apple for data from accounts belonging to members of the House Intelligence Committee, their aides, and family members, The New York Times reports.

Adam Schiff chairs the House intelligence committee.

The records of at least a dozen people tied to the committee were seized in 2017 and early 2018, including those of Representative Adam Schiff, then the panel's top Democrat and now its chairman, the Times said.

Apple informed the committee last month that their records had been shared, but did not give extensive detail. A source told The Times that Apple delivered metadata and account information, but not emails, photos, or other content. Biden's Justice Department revealed the subpoenas and gag orders to the press this week.

But the leak investigations were revived by attorney general Bill Barr a year later, the paper reported. "To do so when they're investigating him", Schiff said. "These actions appear to be yet another egregious assault on our democracy waged by the former president".

"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 said in a statement.

Schiff, in a statement, said the revelation was yet another example of the politicization of the Justice Department under Trump, adding that he had sought an investigation into the inquiry. "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".

The paper cited unnamed committee officials and two other people briefed on the inquiry for the report.

"I was notified, Don, by Apple that they did seize my records", Swalwell told CNN. He is pictured here with Democrat Nancy Pelosi and two other impeachment managers, during the second impeachment of Donald Trump earlier this year.

For analysis, Maddow interviewed Michael Schmidt, one of the reporters who wrote the piece. Swalwell, confirming that he was told his records were seized, told CNN Thursday evening that he was aware a minor was involved and "I believe they were targeted punitively and not for any reason in law".

The Justice Department declined to comment.

There's no indication that the Justice Department used the records to prosecute anyone.

A spokesman for committee Republicans did not respond to questions about whether GOP members of the panel were similarly targeted or notified.

The Times reported that officials were looking for the source of leaked information concerning Trump allies' communications with Russian Federation, but that the records did not connect the leaks to the committee.