Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) on Thursday night time slammed the Trump administration Justice Department for subpoenaing Apple knowledge from the accounts of himself and a minimum of one different Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, which Schiff now chairs.
“It’s just another terrible abuse of the rule of law,” the California Democrat advised CNN’s Chris Cuomo, admitting he was “shocked on the one hand, not surprised on the other” by the information seize, first reported in The New York Times.
Schiff described the DOJ’s willingness to focus on Trump’s enemies and its “shield to protect those who lied for him” as “disgraceful” and “a body blow to our democracy.”
He reserved explicit scorn for former Attorney General Bill Barr, calling out his “long pattern of duplicity” for doing Trump’s bidding.
“I view Bill Barr as the second most-dangerous person in the country after Donald Trump and this is just further proof of that,” mentioned Schiff.
According to a number of information reviews, prosecutors from the DOJ in 2017 and 2018 subpoenaed Apple and an web service supplier for knowledge from Democrats on the intelligence committee.
They additionally obtained metadata from committee members’ aides and members of the family in a bid to root out whoever leaked labeled details about Trump’s ties to Russia. Prosecutors legally gagged Apple. The order expired this 12 months, permitting the corporate final month to inform the targets.
Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) mentioned Thursday his knowledge had additionally been sought.
Schiff mentioned the true scope of the division’s “fishing expedition” was unclear. He known as on the DOJ’s impartial inspector normal to analyze.
Trump “repeatedly and flagrantly demanded that the Department of Justice carry out his political will,” and tried to make use of the division as a “cudgel against his political opponents and members of the media,” Schiff mentioned in an announcement.
“The politicization of the department and the attacks on the rule of law are among the most dangerous assaults on our democracy carried out by the former president,” Schiff added.
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