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Friday, June 11, 2021

As the Justice Department investigated who was behind leaks of classified information early in the Trump administration, it took a highly unusual step: Prosecutors subpoenaed Apple for data from the accounts of at least two Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee, aides and family members. One was a minor.

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All told, the records of at least a dozen people tied to the committee were seized in 2017 and early 2018, including those of Representative Adam B. Schiff of California, then the panel's top Democrat and now its chairman, according to committee officials and two other people briefed on the inquiry.

Prosecutors, under the beleaguered attorney general, Jeff Sessions, were hunting for the sources behind news media reports about contacts between Trump associates and Russia. Ultimately, the data and other evidence did not tie the committee to the leaks, and investigators debated whether they had hit a dead end and some even discussed closing the inquiry.

But William P. Barr revived languishing leak investigations after he became attorney general a year later. He moved a trusted prosecutor from New Jersey with little relevant experience to the main Justice Department to work on the Schiff-related case and about a half-dozen others, according to three people with knowledge of his work who did not want to be identified discussing federal investigations.

Moreover, just as it did in investigating news organizations, the Justice Department secured a gag order on Apple that expired this year, according to a person familiar with the inquiry, so lawmakers did not know they were being investigated until Apple informed them last month.

Prosecutors also eventually secured subpoenas for reporters' records to try to identify their confidential sources, a move that department policy allows only after all other avenues of inquiry are exhausted.

The subpoenas remained secret until the Justice Department disclosed them in recent weeks to the news organizations - The Washington Post, The New York Times and CNN - revelations that set off criticism that the government was intruding on press freedoms.

Certainly hope that every single GOPer who was communicating with the 1/6 insurrectionists are undergoing similar scrutiny of their electronic records as we speak. Sauce for the goose and all....

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2021-06-10 09:04 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Fmr Pres Trump's tactics against perceived political enemies seem to resemble those of Pres Putin.

The more we hear about fmr Pres Trump's tactics, the more they seem to resemble those of Pres Putin.

It is eerie.

#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-06-10 10:02 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Planet P Project - Why Me
www.youtube.com

#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-06-10 10:05 PM | Reply

Draw and quarter on live TV in a vat of iodine.

#4 | Posted by bored at 2021-06-11 12:22 AM | Reply


Oh, this is so bad.

There is no way to paint a happy face on this one.

#5 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-06-11 12:26 AM | Reply

If projection were evidence, Trump would be in jail for all the crimes.

#6 | Posted by bored at 2021-06-11 01:20 AM | Reply

It just gets worse and worse for Trump.

What an undemocratic, wannabe authoritarian POS!

#7 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2021-06-11 01:29 AM | Reply

Is it treason yet?

#8 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-06-11 01:58 AM | Reply

SNOOFY

"Is it treason yet?"

Just harken back to Nixon's "plumbers" and multiply by a thousand.

That's where you'll find your answer.


#9 | Posted by Twinpac at 2021-06-11 04:04 AM | Reply

This is not news. MOst of us already knew this. Trump's DOJ, under Bill Barr, was a political arm of the RepubliTrump Party.

#10 | Posted by danni at 2021-06-11 07:53 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Ted Lieu @tedlieu

Bill Barr and Osmar Benvenuto should be invited to testify before Congress about the DOJ's secret seizure of metadata and attempts to get private data on Democratic Members of Congress. If they refuse, they should be subpoenaed.

twitter.com

#11 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2021-06-11 09:29 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The rationale for this course of action is clear and undeniable:
-our orange leader was angry, you see, and had to be made happy
-the press is the enemy of the people, or at least those people who believe our orange leader
-Obama did it too, or at least once wore a tan suit

--MAGA-hat mouth-breathers who care little for freedom and the rule of law when their guy is in charge

#12 | Posted by catdog at 2021-06-11 09:30 AM | Reply

"He moved a trusted prosecutor from New Jersey with little relevant experience to the main Justice Department to work on the Schiff-related case and about a half-dozen others, according to three people with knowledge of his work who did not want to be identified discussing federal investigations."

Important to note:

"Mr. Benvenuto [is] still at the Justice Department."

#13 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2021-06-11 09:30 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Trump's DOJ, under Bill Barr, was a political arm of the RepubliTrump Party.
#4 | POSTED BY DANNI

This occured when Sessions was AG.

#14 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2021-06-11 09:33 AM | Reply

"This occured when Sessions was AG."

The investigation was started under Sessions but:

But William P. Barr revived languishing leak investigations after he became attorney general a year later. He moved a trusted prosecutor from New Jersey with little relevant experience to the main Justice Department to work on the Schiff-related case and about a half-dozen others, according to three people with knowledge of his work who did not want to be identified discussing federal investigations.

#15 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2021-06-11 09:37 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

BTW, now I'm wondering what those half a dozen other cases Barr's handpicked appointee was looking into.

#16 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2021-06-11 09:39 AM | Reply

Lock em' up.

#17 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2021-06-11 10:28 AM | Reply

"Prosecutors, under the beleaguered attorney general, Jeff Sessions, were hunting for the sources behind news media reports about contacts between Trump associates and Russia."

Other than their own 200 or so, of course.

So once again, Republicans aren't concerned with the truth, but rather that someone dares to speak it.

#18 | Posted by Danforth at 2021-06-11 10:54 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Trump wants to see what's on a Minor's computer? Yeah that doesn't sound creepy or anything...

#19 | Posted by Tor at 2021-06-11 11:02 AM | Reply

And democrats will do exactly NOTHING about it.

So future corrupt criminal presidents will do it again.

#20 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2021-06-11 02:27 PM | Reply

There's a new sheriff in town:

Justice Dept. watchdog to probe Trump-era leak investigations, including secret subpoenas for records from Congress and journalists

Breaking: Inspector General Michael Horwitz announced the review inquiry Friday after reports that the department had, in addition to pursuing reporters' digital data, sought the records of prominent Trump critics on the House Intelligence Committee.

#21 | Posted by tonyroma at 2021-06-11 02:30 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"This is not news."

The details are. And when finally you hear the details it is always worse than you imagined with Trumpy's crimes.

And Nothing ever seems to come of it no matter how outrageous it turns out to be. By the time we get all the gory details we are numb to it.

#22 | Posted by donnerboy at 2021-06-11 05:50 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

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