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[WATCH] Adam Schiff Responds to Trump DOJ’s Privacy Breach

President Biden’s Department of Justice will investigate after a bombshell report alleged that the Trump administration had secretly subpoenaed Apple for House Democrats’ data. The move follows a growing chorus of Democratic lawmakers demanding that the Justice Department’s Inspector General launch a probe into the Trump-era conduct. Apple was kept silent by a gag order that expired this year, according to a spokesperson for the company.

The probe will review the “use of subpoenas and other legal authorities to obtain communication records” belonging to members of Congress, their associates, and the news media “in connection with recent investigations of alleged unauthorized disclosures of information to the media by government officials. House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff and Rep. Eric Swalwell, both California Democrats, had their records reportedly seized by Trump’s Justice Department.

Photo of Rep. Adam Schiff by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images; photo of Pres. Donald Trump by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Prosecutors in Trump’s DOJ, then helmed by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, were searching for the sources of damaging news reports about contacts between Trump associates and Russia, the report said. As Trump’s prosecutors probed the source of the leaks, they reportedly looked into the House Intelligence Committee, whose members have access to sensitive documents. The investigation did not link the House committee to the leaks — but Sessions’ replacement, William Barr, kept the investigation going.

It was also just revealed that former White House counsel Don McGahn and his wife received the same treatment as Schiff and Swalwell.

Congressman Schiff appeared on “The Sunday Show with Jonathan Capehart” to discuss the subpoena scandal. Schiff told Capehart he believes it’s “problematic” for Former Attorney General William Barr to claim he was “not aware” that Democratic lawmakers’ phone records were being seized by the Department of Justice, because he had to be.

Watch their discussion:

 



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