Merrick Garland, according to Adam Schiff, should “clean house” over the DOJ-Apple subpoena.
After it was revealed that Trump officials subpoenaed Apple for data from the accounts of at least two Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff urged Attorney General Merrick Garland to “clean house.”
The House Intelligence Committee chairman said in an interview with MSNBC that the attorney general must “ensure there is accountability” for individuals in the Justice Department who were participating in “partisan investigations” under Trump.
He went on to say that congressional committees should look into the Trump administration’s attempts to look into political rivals’ Apple data, but that he didn’t think he’d have “a role in it” because he was the subject of one subpoena.
Schiff said in an interview with Rachel Maddow on Thursday night: “I believe the attorney general has an obligation to clean house, to essentially understand what the department has been up to for the last four years, and to ensure that those involved in political and partisan investigations within the department are held accountable.
“In terms of congressional oversight, I don’t believe I play a role, given that some of my records are reportedly being subpoenaed. However, I believe that other committees should ask the attorney general and others as part of their oversight responsibilities.
“And I believe the department should do a comprehensive assessment of how these cases have been politicized over the last four years.”
According to the New York Times, Trump authorities have subpoenaed Apple for the account data of California Representatives Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell, as well as their family members and political aides.
The data of at least a dozen people was acquired by prosecutors in 2017 and early 2018, according to the Times, with one of those caught up in the subpoena probe being a minor. Officials from Trump’s administration are reportedly looking for the source of a story regarding interactions between the president’s allies and Russia.
Apple was also placed under a gag order by the Department of Justice to prevent it from publicizing the details of the subpoenas. According to the New York Times, the order expired last month when the lawmakers were informed that they were being investigated.
The subpoenas were revealed less than a week after the Biden administration indicated it would stop issuing them. This is a condensed version of the information.