The Justice Department
announced on Friday that it will review secret subpoenas issued by former President Donald Trump
to members of Congress
for communication data.
The internal review was announced by the department's inspector general, Michael Horowitz, one day after The New York Times
reported that DOJ prosecutors subpoenaed data from House Democrats
' accounts, as well as phone records of reporters for major media
outlets, in an effort to determine who had leaked information.
“The review will examine the Department’s compliance with applicable DOJ policies and procedures, as well as whether any such uses, or the investigations, were based on improper considerations,” Horowitz said in a statement. “If circumstances warrant, the OIG will consider other issues that may arise during the review,” Horowitz added.
Under then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions
, the DOJ subpoenaed Apple
to obtain communications metadata from at least a dozen House Intelligence Committee
members, including Rep. Adam Schiff
(D-Calif.), who served as the committee's top Democrat at the time and is now its chairman, as well as some lawmakers' family members, one of whom was a minor.
This baseless investigation, while now closed, is yet another example of Trump's corrupt weaponization of justice, and how much he endangered our democracy
. — Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) June 11, 2021
The DOJ obtained phone records from CNN
, The Washington Post
, and The New York Times reporters, as well as a gag order on Apple, which expired this year, allowing the company to notify those whose records had been seized.
“These actions appear to be yet another egregious assault
on our democracy waged by the former president,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
in a statement Thursday.