Rep. Eric Swalwell of California, one other Democrat on the committee, informed CNN’s Don Lemon on Thursday night that he was notified that his data had been seized as a part of the probe as effectively.
The leak hunt started with the FBI sending a subpoena to Apple in February 2018, which included a gag order, in search of metadata on greater than 100 accounts as a part of an investigation into the disclosure of labeled info, the particular person conversant in the matter mentioned.
The gag order was renewed thrice earlier than it expired this 12 months and Apple notified the purchasers. The House Intelligence Committee decided that together with members of the panel and workers, the dragnet collected the data of relations, together with at the very least one minor, the particular person mentioned.
Records seized included these from workers members who had nothing to do with points associated to Russia or former FBI Director James Comey, together with Schiff’s private workplace workers, a House Intelligence Committee supply informed CNN.
Democratic committee management is counting on self-reporting to know who has been impacted at this level — each members and workers, the supply mentioned.
Swalwell confirmed to CNN that data of relations and a minor had been obtained.
“I do know that to be true,” he informed Lemon. “And I believe they were targeted punitively, not for any reason in law but because Donald Trump identified Chairman Schiff and members of the committee as an enemy of his.”
Those topic to subpoenas had been notified in May by Apple that the Justice Department had issued grand jury subpoenas in February 2018 for their info, the House Intelligence Committee official mentioned.
“The Committee has continued to seek additional information, but the Department has not been forthcoming in a timely manner, including on questions such as whether the investigation was properly predicated and whether it only targeted Democrats,” the committee official informed CNN.
At this level, legislative affairs staffers are the one Justice Department workers who’ve communicated with the Intelligence Committee, in response to the committee supply.
And whereas the data did not tie the committee to the leaks throughout then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ tenure, William Barr moved a prosecutor from New Jersey to the primary Justice Department to work on the Schiff-related case and others when he turned lawyer common the next 12 months, three individuals with data of his work informed the Times.
A spokesperson for Justice Department, a consultant for Apple and Barr declined to remark to the Times.
In a press release Thursday night, Schiff mentioned, “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. Though we were informed by the Department in May that this investigation is closed, I believe more answers are needed, which is why I believe the Inspector General should investigate this and other cases that suggest the weaponization of law enforcement by a corrupt president.”
Asked by CNN’s Chris Cuomo later Thursday in regards to the variety of accounts seized, Schiff mentioned he was not sure of the quantity however posited, “It wouldn’t surprise me if it was an extraordinary number because just the circle that I am aware of was so overbroad that they clearly were not discriminating. They were simply fishing.”
That message was echoed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who referred to as the event “harrowing.”
“These actions appear to be yet another egregious assault on our democracy waged by the former president,” Pelosi mentioned in a press release.
“I support Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff’s call for an investigation into this situation and other acts of the weaponization of law enforcement by the former president. Transparency is essential.”
This story has been up to date with additional developments.
CNN’s Katie Bo Williams and Kristin Wilson contributed to this report.