Adam Schiff calls for investigation after report of his phone records being seized by Trump DOJ

The New York Times reported that the department hunted for leakers behind the distribution of classified information early in the Trump administration.

6/11/2021 6:30:00 AM

Rep. Adam Schiff called for an inspector general investigation of the Trump Justice Department after a report said that his phone records had been seized — what he condemned as a “terrible abuse of power”

The New York Times reported that the department hunted for leakers behind the distribution of classified information early in the Trump administration.

Link CopiedRep. Adam Schiff, chair of the House Intelligence Committee, called for an inspector general investigation of the Trump Justice Department on Thursday after a report said that his phone records, along with those of aides and another member of the committee, had been seized — what he condemned as a “terrible abuse of power.”

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“It also makes the Department of Justice just a fully owned subsidiary of the president’s personal legal interests and political interests,” the California Democrat told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow.The New York Times, citing knowledgeable sources, reported on Thursday night

that as the Department of Justice hunted for leakers behind the distribution of classified information early in the Trump administration, prosecutors — in an extraordinary move — subpoenaed Apple for communications data of at least two Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee, as well as that of aides and a family member. One was a child.

In the end, the data didn’t tie the committee to the leaks, and there were discussions about dropping the investigation, according to the report. But a year later, William Barr, after becoming attorney general, revitalized the investigation, moving around department employees to work on the Schiff case.

Rep. Eric Swalwell of California confirmed on Thursday that he was the second committee Democrat whose records were seized, telling CNN that he was notified by Apple.“We have seen this through the Justice Department by Donald Trump, whether it was the reason he was impeached, for trying to go after Vice President Biden at the time, or just other efforts, you know, through the Mueller investigation,” Swalwell said. “And I support Chairman Schiff’s call for an inspector general report into not only this conduct, but other conduct that was corrupt by Donald Trump and those who worked for him.”

When Maddow asked Schiff on Thursday whether Congress should also investigate the department’s seizing of the records, Schiff said it should, adding that Attorney General Merrick Garland would be questioned on the matter. He said he himself shouldn’t have a role in the investigation, given that his records were subpoenaed, but said other committees in Congress could exercise oversight.

As for Garland’s role, Schiff said that the current attorney general had a responsibility to “clean house,” and that it would be at least a decade before the department recovered from politicization.“I think that the attorney general has an obligation to clean house, to essentially understand exactly what the department was doing over the last four years — make sure there’s accountability for those that were engaged in political and partisan investigations within the department,” Schiff said.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi backed Schiff’s call for an investigation, calling the Times report “harrowing.”“These actions appear to be yet another egregious assault on our democracy waged by the former president,” Pelosi said in a statement. “I support Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff’s call for an investigation into this situation and other acts of the weaponization of law enforcement by the former president. Transparency is essential.”

The seizing of metadata, if corroborated, would show how eager Trump administration officials were to identify and prosecute the sources. The Justice Department,just as it did in investigating news organizations, was reported to have issued a gag order against Apple. Lawmakers didn’t learn they were being investigated until last month, when the gag order expired and Apple notified them of the seizure, according to the Times report.

Schiff said that, while unprecedented, the department’s move was a “patent abuse” and “another example of the president politicizing” the department.“We’re obviously deeply suspicious of what the Justice Department was doing,” he said. “More than that, this looks like a patent abuse of the department. Yet another example of the president politicizing, using the Department of Justice as a cudgel to go after his enemies. He would repeatedly attack our committee, attack me personally, call for investigations of our committee while we were doing an investigation of him.”

He added: “And apparently those pleas were met with a receptive audience at the very top level of the Justice Department.”Schiff also said Thursday that it was still unclear how many members were targeted by the subpoenas, and whether only Democrats’ records were seized. He said they would learn more in coming days as members of the committee rechecked old emails for the notice from Apple — an email that members and staff thought was spam, Schiff said.

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Is anyone going to ask Shifty how this is any different from his subpoena of Congressional Republicans phone records? Why is this anymore “harrowing” than what he did? sessions, barr, all of them belong in jail. Maybe Schiff should be AG... How about a criminal investigation. Bar was a disgrace to higher learning and the legal profession. The most disingenuous man to ever run the DOJ in the USA. A threat to the rule of law.

Someone get DevinNunes on the phone, stat. LOL. Schiffty Schiff doesn't like it when it comes back at him. Barr's corruption of the DOJ has been known since his role in the Reagan Iran-Contra cover-up. Investigate. Indict. Imprison. “There must be a full investigation of abuses under former Attorneys General Sessions and Barr...” -Sen. Ron Wyden QOTD RESIST

He (Johnny sins) should be allowed. Check out for more info. jhonnysins KamalaHarris donotcome Is Schitt still around? He was such a huge failure, I assumed he just went away. This guy is the biggest clown lier con man the Congress has had in a very long time…..don’t get me wrong Congress is full of them but this guy’s the “biggest”

Trump DOJ Seized Adam Schiff’s Records in Search for Leaks: ReportProsecutors reportedly seized metadata of the top House Intelligence Democrat, Eric Swalwell, and a minor in a failed hunt to find those leaking to reporters And their families So was this a bonafide investigation? Or was this Trump using the DOJ to target his critics?

There was once a time when the FBI was spying on a American presidential campaign. Schiff cracks me up, he leaks worse than a sieve, then calls for an investigation when the original investigators were trying to figure out who was leaking. BTW, he was leaking classified info. Yeah ... we just had an IG report by the DOJ regarding Trump's Photo Shoot, and it was a clear cover up of Trump's Abuse of Power. I don't trust Garland to handle this or an internal review. We need a Special Prosecutor assigned, independent of DOJ.

Naughty, naughty! POS Trump didn't learn SenatorCollins What a shock! Maybe you should mention that AdamSchiff took phone records from his own committee members without their knowledge during the impeachment trial. He has done this numerous times and the media never says anything You can never redeem yourself from your loyalty to a conman!

This is a serious issue. Donald Trump did worse than Nixon. 'THEY SPIED ON MY CAMPAIGN!' [Translation] 'WE WERE THE ONES SPYING!'

NY Times: Trump DOJ investigated House Dems, seized dataWASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats called for an investigation on Thursday after The New York Times reported that the Justice Department under President Donald Trump seized the communications data of members of the House Intelligence Committee. Sounds suspiciously like the Democratic members of the Intelligence Committee are running scared for illegally releasing classified information to the press in ANY effort to thwart and hinder the Trump Administration Washington is just a time loop with everything. Yet our money keeps their paychecks flowing consistently. Will it have the same fate as the 1/6 commission?

😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 Oh the oozing irony… He's also on the Rachel Maddow Show The irony is that the Trump Administration was a sieve of leaks and dropped balls, but far from pay a price for it, they parlayed their incompetence into a pretext to spy on their political enemies.

Great job, Apple. Way to make Steve Jobs proud. Still waiting on your 'evidence in plain sight' Congressman. Consequences, please DOJ Are you sh*ting me? Trump investigated political opponents? What are we Russia? Make sure it's not an inspector general that trump appointed like the one that just reviewed his pepper spray none of protesters so he could have a photo op in front of the church. That was a trump appointed inspector general he should have recused himself

Wait until Adam Schiff hears about what Adam Schiff did to Devin Nunes. 🤡

Trump DOJ Seized Records Of House Intelligence Dems In Search For Leaks: NYTProsecutors sought records on a dozen people connected to two lawmakers, including Rep. Adam Schiff, to hunt those who leaked classified information. I’d love nothing more than to punch him in the face & just one time would suffice Trup & Barr really, really need to go thru some things. Like being sued by each & every person whose records were sought.

Hope everyone realizes an IG report carries no legal weight. They normally result in a report of if findings and recommendations to the agency they are investigating. The agency responds to recommendations with rebuttal, acceptance, or modifications. That’s pretty much it. ZZZZZZZZZZZZ And again we see Democrats too cowardly to use the strong words. TRUMP WAS BLATANTLY VIOLATING THE CONSTITUTIONAL SEPARATION OF POWERS AND ILLEGALLY SPYING ON OPPONENTS IN THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH! THE JUDGE WHO SIGNED THE WARRANTS & DOJ STAFF WHO PARTICIPATED MUST BE IMPRISONED !!

One would think with Garland in there for several months, he would have come to know about and would have started cleaning up if he was doing his job. Garland's behavior and inaction just doesn't add up. If he thinks protecting DoJ is his job, Biden should replace him. You mean the Trump appointed IG? Really? You’ll get nowhere.

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It’s complicated: Moving on from Trump at DOJ is a minefield for 'straight-shooting' Merrick GarlandMoving on from the long shadow cast by Trump administration is proving to be a complicated legal exercise sometimes limited by institutional norms that the former president regularly shattered. No change of circumstances can repair a defect of character ~ Retweet and follow Bakare_K_O

Trump acted in 'scope of his office' in calling E. Jean Carroll a 'liar': DOJ lawyersThe government's lawyers said responding to misconduct allegations is part of the president's job, and since he responded while he was still president, he should not be held accountable. The defendant in the lawsuit would be the United States and not Trump. Yea right. This sucks. Then why refuse to testify and or give a DNA sample.