Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz has launched an investigation into the seizure of the records from lawmakers, as well as from reporters at outlets including The Washington Post, CNN, and The New York Times
Two attorney generals and a deputy attorney general said they did not know the phone records of Democratic lawmakers critical of Trump being seized.
AP Photo/Andrew HarnikFormer attorney generals Jeff Sessions and Bill Barr have denied knowledge of secret DoJ subpoenas.The subpoenas targeted Democratic lawmakers as part of a leaks probe.The DoJ has not revealed who authorized the phone records seizure, likened by critics to the tactics of authoritarian regimes.
Sign up for the 10 Things in Politics daily newsletter.Former attorney generals Jeff Sessions and Bill Barr and former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein have all denied knowledge of secret subpoenas seizing the phone records of Democratic lawmakers as part of a leaks probe.
Last week it was revealed that during Donald Trump's presidency the Justice Department used subpoenas to obtain information from Apple about at least two Democrat members of the House Intelligence Committee.The orders targeted not just the lawmakers but their office staff and families, including one minor. headtopics.com
Among those whose records were seized were House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff, and Rep. Chris Swalwell of California. Both were prominent critics of Trump.The information was sought as part of a probe into who was leaking information about intelligence and investigations into alleged Trump campaign collusion with Russia and other national security issues to media outlets
One of the key questions is who signed off the subpoenas, which House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has described as an "egregious assault on our democracy" by the Trump administration.Trump repeatedly called for political opponents to be jailed during his time in office.
The three senior Trump administration officials at the Justice Department have all denied knowledge of the subpoenas.Sources close to Sessions, who served as attorney general when the subpoenas were issued in January 2018, said he was not aware of, or briefed on, the reported seizure of the phone records,
reported The Daily Beast.At the time Sessions had recused himself from the DoJ's Russia probe, and could've also recused himself from leaks probes relating to it.Bill Barr, who was appointed by Trump to replace Sessions about a year after the subpoenas were issued also denied knowledge of the seizure of the phone records. Barr headtopics.com
told Politicothat while he was attorney general, he was "not aware of any congressman's records being sought in a leak case." he added: "I never discussed the leak cases with Trump. He didn't really ask me any of the specifics."
Rod Rosenstein, who served as deputy to both Sessions and Barr before leaving the Justice Department in 2019, has also told people he had no knowledge of the subpoenasMary McCord, who formerly headed the National Security Division, which handles leak probes, told Politico that a subpoena targeting an elected official "would be considered a sensitive matter that would need high-level approval at the department."
Story continuesJohn Demers, a Trump appointee, headed the National Security Division when the subpoenas were issued, and still holds the position."All I can say is that any investigation involving an elected official would be considered a sensitive matter that would need high-level approval at the department," she told Politico when reached for comment.
The subpoena included a gag order preventing Apple from disclosing that the data had been seized, but that order was not renewed this year, meaning that Apple could inform the people whose data had been seized.Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz has launched an investigation into the seizure of the records from lawmakers, as well as from reporters at outlets including The Washington Post, CNN, and The New York Times. headtopics.com
The investigation will focus on the "DOJ's use of subpoenas and other legal authorities", said the Justice Department in a statement Friday. Read more: Yahoo News »
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About time! Two lawless men as the AG of Justice Dept. who did plenty of illegal favors to Trump. So Trump’s deep state rogue operators did it right?
Apple tightens rules after Justice Department targeted U.S. lawmakersApple Inc (AAPL.O) on Friday said it has tightened some of its rules for responding to legal requests after the U.S. Justice Department during Donald Trump's presidency subpoenaed it for information on Democratic lawmakers. Why didn't Apple fight to protect its customers? I just want to say a big thank you to LISAMARKDONALDT I was nobody until a friend of mine introduced me to you it has been nothing but financial success for me , I will continue to share your good name ma’am The disability inclusive career fields are not that hard to create if you are not the other creatures that do not have the advantage of speaking or whatever emotion filtered telepathic picture language that would not be technical English for whatever adventure of I guess machines
Justice Department Launches Probe Into Trump DOJ's Use Of Secret SubpoenasUnder Donald Trump, the department subpoenaed Apple for data belonging to House Democrats and journalists investigating his ties to Russia. I just can't! Bill Barr and Jeff Sessions:
Justice Dept. to probe secret subpoena for Schiff's records on Trump's watchJustice Dept.'s internal watchdog will investigate secret subpoenas to obtain records on Adam Schiff and others during Trump administration.
DOJ seizing phone records of Democrats ‘reeks of being a fishing expedition’Former senior official at DOJ Andrew Weissmann and former acting U.S. Solicitor General Neal Katyal express their alarm over the new reports that the Trump Justice Department seized the phone records of Democratic lawmakers Just the ones associated with the ccp. Someone close to schiffs or on intell committee was leaking classified information to the press, this is how they find out who it was.. remember, this was all allowed when it is Trump. That’s how organized crime works.
Line them up two rows deep before members of Congress and make the entire Trump cabinet and their assistance answer questions under oath if it takes the next 30 straight days or the next year straight never let up be relentless Kind of like what Obama did to the Trump campaign?
Apple Subpoenas From DOJ Prompt Internal Review, Calls for William Barr, Jeff Sessions to TestifyThe Justice Department’s internal watchdog and Senate Democrats both vowed to investigate the Trump administration’s secret seizure of communication records of people associated with the House Intelligence Committee Because there is nothing else going on. Why have used a picture of Apple corporate park instead of the pictures of the people who abused their power presidential and otherwise to request the records? Trump weaponized the DOJ to make it a sleazy backroom mirror of his life style.