Prosecutors of the Department of Justice during the government of Donald Trump they asked Apple personal data of two Democratic legislators of the House Intelligence Committee, as well as their employees and family members, The New York Times reported Thursday. Communications metadata requirements affected the congressman Adam Schiff, a strong rival of Trump who was then the committee’s top Democrat and now chairs it, the newspaper notes. The legislator Eric Swalwell told CNN on Thursday that he was the second affected. “I got a notification … from Apple that they seized my records. It’s wrong,” he said. According to the newspaper, officials working for Attorney General Jeff Sessions went to great lengths in 2017 and early 2018 to find the source of some leaks of classified information relating to contacts between Trump and Russia partners. State Department officials obtained electronic records not only from lawmakers, but also of their employees and family members, including a minor, possibly because the investigators thought that the congressmen used the devices of their relatives or children to hide contacts with journalists. Ultimately, none of the data or other evidence linked the Intelligence Committee members to the leaks, the Times claims. Schiff, without confirming that he was a target of the investigation, asked the Justice Department inspector general to review “this and other cases.” Trump “attempted to use the Department as a club against his political opponents and members of the media, “Schiff said in a statement. The Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi he also called for an investigation, describing what the New York Times reported as “horrifying.” “These actions appear to be another heinous attack on our democracy by the former president“he said in a statement.
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