Trump Department of Justice secretly confiscated phone data. The inspector general will review


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The Justice Department’s independent watchdog announced Friday that it has launched a broad investigation into whether the Trump administration and its two attorneys general inappropriately confiscated the phone records of House Democratic lawmakers, their employees and journalists as part of a rigorous 2018 investigation into the leak. Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz confirmed that he would launch an investigation into the matter, as well as into the use of subpoenas to obtain reporters’ phone records. Horowitz also said his watchdog agency will look beyond subpoenas to “other legal authorities.” [used] To obtain contact records…in connection with recent investigations into the alleged unauthorized disclosure of information to the media by government officials. “The review will examine the administration’s compliance with applicable Department of Justice policies and procedures,” Horowitz said, “and whether any such uses, or investigations, were based on improper considerations.” If circumstances so require, the Office of the Inspector General will consider other issues that may arise during the review. “The Office of the Inspector General can initiate investigations based on information from a variety of sources, including its hotline, and referrals from agencies or Congress. In this case, Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco made the request, and the announcement came after he confirmed Representatives Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell said that Trump-era Justice Department officials secretly seized their Apple phone data as well as 10 or so House Intelligence Committee members and their relatives.The subpoena, which Apple received in early 2018, appears to be the case. He dumped a vast net, seeking data on more than 100 phone numbers and email addresses, according to the company.It also included a gag order that, for three years, prevented Apple from telling lawmakers their data had been hacked.Democratic leaders demanded in Senate on Friday that William Barr and Jeff Sessions, then Attorney General of President Donald Trump, testify about the seizure of phone records.To obtain phone data of Democratic lawmakers, their aides and family members, one of whom is a minor, to see sources Media reports about contacts between Trump’s associates and Russia, and a spokesperson for the Department of Justice declined to comment. Barr also declined to comment, and in an interview with Politico, Barr said he did not remember receiving a briefing on the matter. But Barr, according to the newspaper, revived the leak investigation even after they found no evidence against the deputies. Requested data on dozens of numbers and emails In a statement Friday, Apple said it received a subpoena from a federal grand jury on February 6, 2018 seeking “customer or subscriber account information” associated with 73 phone numbers and 36 email addresses. The subpoena means requesting phone and email data for 109 different people because some numbers and addresses are associated with a single Apple subscriber, while others are not associated with any subscriber, according to the company. Apple said the investigation provided only metadata and account subscriber information, not emails or photos, and Apple said the gag order has been extended three times. The Biden administration’s Department of Justice did not seek to extend the gag order, allowing Apple to notify people summoned on May 5 that their phone’s metadata and account subscriber information had been seized. The subpoenas were in an interview with USA TODAY on Friday, calling them a politically motivated attempt to retaliate “against people who were right in the Trump administration’s investigation of abuses.” based on? When did you start? How did it last? The commission official, who also spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly, said: “We have repeatedly asked basic, ready-to-answer questions to management for more than a month but have received almost no information beyond confirmation of the closure of the investigation,” the commission official said. “The Department’s refusal to provide information is unacceptable, and they will need to provide a full account of this and other instances in which law enforcement has been used as a weapon against political opponents of Donald Trump.” Thursday night, after The Times published its report, Swalwell went on CNN and confirmed that his phone data was among those seized, along with other lawmakers and their family members. “I believe (family members) were punitively targeted, not for any reason in law, (but) because Donald Trump Swalwell told CNN that Chairman Schiff and members of the committee are his enemies,” adding that the gag order was motivated by fear of the public perception that the administration’s Trump was targeting potential political enemies. Democrats say House Democrats immediately denounced the data seizure and called for an Inspector General investigation. “The news about the Trump administration’s politicization of the Trump administration,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said in a statement. “These actions appear to be yet another outrageous attack on our democracy by the former president.” Democrats have also long said Trump used the Department of Justice to go after his political enemies. , a claim that Schiff reiterated Thursday night. “It is clear that Trump has used the Department of Justice to go after his political enemies. His demands fell on deaf ears. This baseless investigation, while now closed, is another example of Trump’s corrupt use of justice.” Or employees’ phone data may have been targeted as part of the leak investigation. He said that people who received notifications from Apple initially believed the emails were It was either spam or phishing attempts. Journalists were also targeted, and the Trump administration’s Department of Justice secretly obtained telephone records of journalists from the New York Times, Washington Post and CNN. Trump and his former aides publicly denounced the press leaks that often led to news Unpleasant about the White House, and in the face of criticism from journalists and media advocates, the Biden administration announced that it would not secretly obtain correspondents’ records during its leak investigations, a departure from policy that previous administrations had used to try to identify sources who provided journalists with classified information.


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