House Democrats were scrutinized by Trump administration, according to a report.
After The New York Times revealed that the Department of Justice (DoJ) under President Donald Trump obtained the communications data of members of the House Intelligence Committee, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other prominent Democrats have called for an investigation.
The New York Times reported on Thursday that in 2017 and 2018, the Department of Justice subpoenaed Apple for data from at least two committee members, as well as aides and family members, on problems such as leaks linked to investigations into the Trump administration’s relations with Russia.
The publication quoted committee officials and two other people informed on the investigation anonymously.
“The news concerning the Trump Administration Justice Department’s politicization is harrowing,” Ms Pelosi said in a statement.
“These activities look to be the former president’s latest heinous assault on our democracy.”
California Representative Adam Schiff, the committee’s ranking Democrat at the time, was among those whose documents were confiscated.
“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,” said Mr. Schiff, who is now the panel’s chair.
According to the New York Times, the subpoenas were issued as the DOJ attempted to track down the origin of leaks that led to news stories concerning Trump aides’ interactions with Russia.