The gag order was renewed three times but was not extended this year. That freed Apple last month to finally inform those whose data was taken. It is at that point that Reps. Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell — both California Democrats on the Intelligence Committee who were Trump opponents — as well as committee staff and other staff, some family and even a minor learned their data was taken. Records seized included those from staff members who had nothing to do with issues related to Russia or former FBI Director James Comey, including Schiff’s personal office staff, a House Intelligence Committee source told CNN.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin are calling for Barr and Sessions to testify on the matter.
“If they refuse, they are subject to being subpoenaed and compelled to testify under oath,” the Democrats said in a statement Friday. But a Senate aide explained that Democrats would need the support of at least one Republican on the evenly divided Judiciary Committee to approve any subpoenas. House Democrats, however, can issue subpoenas without the consent of the GOP.
Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee, which Schiff chairs, plan to ask Apple to look into whether additional members were targeted by the Trump Justice Department, CNN has reported.
Rep. Mike Quigley, an Illinois Democrat on the committee who told CNN Friday that he doesn’t know if his data was seized, said Saturday that the Department of Justice should be coming forward with information. “I think it’s time for the Department of Justice to come forward and brief all of Congress on everything they know,” he said on CNN’s “Newsroom.”
“I think the attorney general has to recognize this isn’t an isolated incident,” he added, referring to Attorney General Merrick Garland. “This is a systemic abuse of power, as we’ve described before. He has to get a handle on that.”
This story has been updated with additional background.
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