Rod Rosenstein says he has no idea of ​​Justice Department subpoenas targeting representatives Schiff and Swalwell – –

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Rod Rosenstein says he has no idea of ​​Justice Department subpoenas targeting representatives Schiff and Swalwell – –


Three of Donald Trump’s top Justice Department officials have now pleaded ignorance of their agency’s data seizures on communications from two House Intelligence Committee Democrats, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA). Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein recently told relatives he was unaware of subpoenas which led to data being entered on 36 email addresses and 73 Apple phone numbers. in 2017 and 2018, joining William Barr and Jeff Sessions in making similar claims, CNN reports. The leak investigation that led to the subpoena would have been Rosenstein’s purview as then Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from questions related to the Russian interference investigation. In addition to Schiff and Swalwell, the subpoenas targeted their assistants and family members, including a minor.
The Justice Department’s forays into Congressional Democrats’ communications represent an extraordinary expansion of its domestic surveillance, and the news comes after weeks of revelations about how the office issued subpoenas for telephone and electronic recordings CNN journalists, Le Washington Post, and Le New York Times and executives legally gagged at these outlets, as well as at Apple, Microsoft and Google. The inspector general of the department has launched an investigation into the origin of the requests addressed to Apple.

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