Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) Thursday night slammed the Trump administration’s Justice Department for his subpoena from Apple over data from his accounts and at least one other House Democrat Intelligence Committee, which Schiff now chairs.
“It’s just another terrible abuse of the rule of law,” the California Democrat told CNN’s Chris Cuomo, admitting he was “shocked on the one hand, not surprised on the other” by the claims first published in The New York Times, given the misconduct of the Department of Justice during the Trump era.
Schiff described the department’s repeated targeting of Trump’s enemies and his “shield to protect those who lied to him” as “shameful” and “a blow to our democracy.”
He reserved particular contempt for former Attorney General Bill Barr, calling his “long model of duplicity” for carrying out Trump’s auctions.
“I consider Bill Barr to be the second most dangerous person in the country after Donald Trump and this is just further proof of that,” Schiff said.
According to the Times, DOJ prosecutors in 2017 and 2018 subpoenaed Apple and an internet service provider to obtain data from Democrats on the intelligence committee.
They also obtained metadata from assistants to committee members and family members in an attempt to root out a leaked classified information about Trump’s alleged ties to Russia. Prosecutors legally gagged Apple. The order expired this year, allowing the company last month to report who had been targeted.
Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) Said Thursday that his data had also been searched.
Schiff said the true scope of the department’s “fishing expedition” was unclear, and some lawmakers might think Apple’s notification was some sort of spearfishing attack.
In a statement released following the Times report, Schiff called on the department’s independent inspector general to investigate.
Trump had “repeatedly and blatantly called for the Justice Department to carry out its political will,” and tried to use the department as “a stick against its political opponents and members of the media,” he said. he declares.
“The politicization of the department and attacks on the rule of law are among the most dangerous attacks on our democracy carried out by the former president,” Schiff added.
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