Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Senate Judiciary Chairman Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) called on former Attorneys General Bill Barr and Jeff Sessions Friday to testify over the Trump Justice Department’s secret subpoenas for data belonging to House Democrats.
Driving the news: At least a dozen people linked to the House Intelligence Committee had records seized between 2017 and early 2018, as part of the Justice Department’s crackdown on media leaks related to the investigation into potential coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Context: One of the lawmakers targeted was Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), who now chairs the committee and has called for an inspector general investigation into federal prosecutors who subpoenaed and obtained a gag order on Apple.
• Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), a fierce critic of former President Trump, was also targeted. “Like many of the world’s most despicable dictators, former President Trump showed an utter disdain for our democracy and the rule of law,” Swalwell said in a statement addressing the revelations.
• House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has also called for an investigation into the matter, calling it “yet another egregious assault on our democracy waged by the former president.”