Democratic leaders of the United States Congress this Sunday pledged to investigate the seizure of metadata of progressive congressmen by the Justice Department During the government of former President Donald Trump (2017-2021).
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, and the Democratic majority leader in the Senate, Chuck Schumer, both announced that they would attempt to obtain answers from those who were responsible for the Justice Department under Trump, Jeff Sessions and Trump. William Barr.
“Under the leadership of President Trump, the Justice Department broke the rules in many waysPelosi said during an interview with the series CNN.
Pelosi was referring to revelations in various media outlets that the Justice Department under Trump reportedly needed and confiscated metadata of Progressive representatives in Congress from the Apple company to investigate leaks to the press about Russia.
The congressional investigation will parallel another internal investigation launched by the US Department of Justice Inspector General.Michael Horowitz, set out to determine whether that agency – which should act independently of the White House – was swayed by partisan views.
The seizure of the metadata affected the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Democrat Adam Schiff; Relatives of legislators, including Congressman Eric Swellwell of the same party and a minor.
Also, as reported by the newspaper this Sunday the new York Timeshandjob In February 2018, the Justice Department demanded that Apple provide them with details of the accounts of then-White House Attorney Don McGahn., and his wife.
It’s unclear what the Justice Department was looking for data from McGann, who didn’t know about the case until Apple notified it last month, as the government sent the company to the White House. The lawyer was barred from disclosing those orders.
This was on the same date, February 2018, when The Justice Department, then under Jeff Sessions, required the metadata of Democratic congressmen through a secret order from Apple, which was renewed three times until it expired in 2021..
The Trump administration aimed to investigate where the abundant media leaks about the then-president’s environmental contacts with the Kremlin came from.
accordingly the new York Timeshandjob The mechanism used by the Trump administration to investigate leaks has no known precedent affecting congressmen.
In the framework of the same investigation, the department led by Sessions also requested information from journalists to try to trace their sources, as recently reported. CNNhandjob the new York Times u Washington Post.
The lower house intelligence committee headed by Schiff was one of them that led the investigation into Trump’s alleged ties to the Kremlin and later his contacts with Ukraine, which led to the first impeachment trial against him.
With information from EFE