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Democrats Demand Former Attorneys General Testify About Trump Administration Data Seizure

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Debra Alfarone reports on DOJ investigation of Democratic legislators during Trump Administration (6-11-2021)

Video Transcript

DEVIN FEHELY: Speaker Pelosi is among the Democrats upset over revelations that former President Trump's Justice Department subpoenaed Apple. They wanted the tech giant to turn over information on at least two members of the House Intelligence Committee. The move was first reported by The New York Times. CBS reporter Deborah Alfarone has details from Capitol Hill.

DEBRA ALFARONE: CBS News has confirmed President Trump's Justice Department subpoenaed the records of Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell, who sit on the House Intelligence Committee as well as aides, family members, and even a minor.

ERIC SWALWEWELL: I believe they were targeted punitively and not for any reason in law.

DEBRA ALFARONE: The DOJ led by then Attorney General Jeff Sessions received metadata from Apple and an unnamed company in 2017 and 2018 as they looked into who was behind leaks of classified information early in the Trump administration. Although the metadata did not tie any committee members to the leaks session's successor Bill Barr revived the investigation in 2019.

ADAM SCHIFF: I think there needs to be an internal investigation within the Department of Justice. What I would like to know we've asked the Justice Department was this just going after Democrats.

DEBRA ALFARONE: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is echoing calls for an investigation and says the former president waged an egregious assault on our democracy.

A senior advisor to former President Trump had no comment when asked whether Mr Trump knew of or ordered subpoenas of the phone records.

ERIC SWALWEWELL: He used the power of government corruptly to go after his perceived political opponents.

DEBRA ALFARONE: The Intelligence Committee received confirmation in May of this year that the investigation had been closed. Debra Alfarone, verrone CBS News, Capitol Hill.

- Now so far neither Apple nor the Justice Department have commented on the matter.