The New York Times revealed that the Department of Justice under former President Donald Trump took unprecedented steps, by obtaining records and data from Apple of Democratic lawmakers, their families and employees working with them.
Among those records, she added, belonged to Representative Adam Schiff, the then-leading Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee and its current chair. Read also “The psychology of Donald Trump”… the shadows of tyrants on the personality of the American president Financial Times: Republicans are drifting more towards Trumpism over time America.. Senate Republicans block investigation into Trump supporters’ storming of Congress
The newspaper pointed out that the seizure of that data took place during the Trump administration’s investigations into the leaks, and its attempt to search for sources that provide the media with communications between Trump’s partners and Russia.
A terrible attack on democracy
For her part, US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement issued by the state of California, “The news about the politicization of the Department of Justice during the Trump era is appalling, and these actions are another outrageous assault on democracy by the former president.”
Pelosi and other members of the House of Representatives from the Democratic Party called for an investigation.
In an interview with CNN, the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff, said that the New York Times report indicates that former President Donald Trump turned the Department of Justice into a big stick to hunt down his opponents.
He added that he was astonished, but he was not surprised, noting that he had questioned over the years the (former) president about the secret in Trump’s invitation to investigate the matter of the Intelligence Committee, and it seems that “they were trying to get their hands on the records of the Intelligence Committee, including mine, and I do not know what.” What they were looking for, but they found nothing, and when they wanted to close the investigation, Attorney General William Barr refused.”
And he considered all this “terrible abuse in the use of the law and the Ministry of Justice, in which I worked for 6 years and bring good memories, and here I see it turning into a heavy stick to chase down the president’s opponents and protect those who uttered lies to serve him, such as Roger Stone.”
“This is disgraceful, but it is also a blow to the core of democracy,” he added.
In a statement, Schiff said he believed the inspector general should investigate this and other cases, as the cases indicate that “law enforcement agencies have been used as a weapon by a corrupt president.