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Washington (AP) — Apple has informed former Trump White House adviser Don McGahn and his wife that the Justice Department has summoned information about accounts belonging to them in 2018, anyone familiar with the matter said. Said on Sunday a few days later Disclosure by two members of the House of Representatives They also secretly summoned their information.
It’s not yet clear why the Trump administration sought a McGarns record.But others were part of the leak probe associated with Investigation of Russia-related election interference.. The anomalous disclosure that the Justice Department sought records such as White House advisers was first reported by the New York Times, and how far the Trump administration went to find out who it believed was responsible. I am asking questions about. Harmful information about the administration.
Separately on Sunday, Senate Supreme Democrats voluntarily testify to the Supreme National Security Official of the Justice Department, Trump’s appointed man in the Biden administration, or face a subpoena. As part of an aggressive investigation into Leak, he asked to answer questions about secretly seizing phone data from House Democrats.
Senate leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y. Says it is “essential” for the Senate Judiciary Committee to issue subpoenas to former Attorney Generals Bill Barr and Jeff Sessions, as well as National Security Deputy Attorney General John Demers. It was. Refuse to appear spontaneously.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-California bar, session, and Rod Rosenstein, no on Sunday. 2 Judiciary officials at the time testify under a House oath about what they know. She did not say whether she would request a subpoena if she refused to issue a subpoena.
“The Justice Department was fraudulent under President Trump. Understand it in many ways,” Pelosi told CNN’s State of the Union address. “This is just another manifestation of their fraudulent activity.”
Schumer and Pelosi’s request came a few days after news that the Justice Department secretly summoned metadata from Congressional intelligence chairman Adam Schiff and another Democratic lawmaker Eric Swalwell in 2018. That is. The president’s relationship with Russia. Schiff at the time was the top Democrat of the Republican-led panel.
Demers has been in charge of the ministry’s national security department since February 2018, sworn in weeks after the subpoena was issued to Apple for Democratic records, and his department will play a role in each leak investigation. Played. Schumer called on Senate Republicans to participate in the request to issue a subpoena.
“This is nothing more than a terrible abuse of power,” Schumer said of the seized record. “I don’t think I’ve ever recorded this in the past …. This is about the separation of powers.”
President Joe Biden makes Matt Olsen, a Uber executive who has experience in the Department of Justice and was the director of the National Center for Anti-Terrorism and a corporate lawyer for the National Security Agency, the next deputy lawyer for national security. I nominated.
But Demars stays there while Olsen waits for a confirmation hearing in the Senate. A former Boeing airline executive is one of the few Trump appointees still in office.
Records of at least 12 people involved in the House Intelligence Committee were finally shared with the Justice Department by Apple, including aides, former aides, and family members, after the subpoena was issued in 2018. One was a minor.
According to Apple, the subpoena issued on February 6, 2018 requested information on 73 phone numbers and 36 email addresses. The company said in a statement that it prohibited anyone from being notified and included a non-disclosure agreement that was renewed three times.
on Friday, Inspector General of the Ministry of Justice has launched an investigation After a request from Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco, it became a problem. Inspector General Michael Horowitz said he would investigate whether the data summoned by the Department of Justice and submitted by Apple complies with the Department of Justice’s policy and “whether such use or investigation is based on improper consideration.” Stated.
Horowitz said he would also investigate similar Trump-era seizures of journalist phone records.
In recent weeks, the Justice Department has informed the press that it has secretly seized phone records owned by New York Times, The Washington Post, and CNN reporters as part of a crime leak investigation.
Earlier this month, the Justice Department announced that it would cease the practice of tracking journalist procurement information in response to protests from the press free organization.