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Congressman Adam Schiff and thelegislator Eric Swalwell, according to The New York Times, were affected by the communication metadata requirements affected

The chairman of the Intelligence Committee of the House of Representatives, Adam Schiff, in the US Capitol.

Justice Department prosecutors during Donald Trump’s administration asked Apple personal data of two Democratic legislators of the Intelligence Committee of the House of Representatives, as well as their employees and families, reported on Thursday The New York Times.

Communications metadata requirements affected the congressman Adam Schiff, a strong rival of Trump who was then the main Democrat of the committee and now chairs it, the newspaper noted.

The legislator Eric Swalwell told CNN on Thursday that he was the second affected. “I got a notification … from Apple that they seized my records. It’s wrong,” he said.

According to the newspaper, officials working for Attorney General Jeff Sessions went to great lengths in 2017 and early 2018 to find the source of some leaks of classified information relating to contacts between Trump and Russia partners.

State Department officials obtained electronic records not only from legislators, but also from also of their employees and family members, including a minor, possibly because the investigators thought that the congressmen used the devices of their relatives or children to hide contacts with journalists.

Ultimately, none of the data or other evidence linked the Intelligence Committee members to the leaks, the Times claims.

Schiff, without confirming that he was a target of the investigation, asked that the Justice Department inspector general review “this and other cases.”

Trump “tried to use the Department as a club against his political opponents and members of the media, “Schiff said in a statement.

The Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi also requested an investigation, describing what was reported by the New York Times as “hideous”. “These actions appear to be another heinous attack on our democracy by the former president“he said in a statement.


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