Amid a call from House Intelligence Committee chair Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) for a probe into reports that the Trump Justice Department subpoenaed communications data for no fewer than two Democrats on that panel, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) chimed in to throw her support behind just such an investigation, according to the Washington Examiner.
On Thursday, Schiff declared the need for an inspector general probe into the conduct of the DOJ under former President Donald Trump in the wake of reports suggesting that his own phone records and those of others connected to the Intelligence Committee had been seized in 2017 and 2018.
According to the New York Times, Justice Department officials sought the information from Apple pursuant to a probe of leaks related to the House committee’s investigation of relationships between certain of the former president’s associates and Russian nationals.
In demanding an investigation of the DOJ’s subpoenas, Schiff described the situation as “a terrible abuse of power,” and a scenario that “makes the Department of Justice a fully owned subsidiary of the president’s personal legal interests and political interests,” as Politico noted.
Also on Thursday, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) revealed that he was the other Democrat on the Intelligence Committee whose records had been subpoenaed and seized, stating “I support Chairman Schiff’s call for an inspector general report into not only this conduct, but other conduct that was corrupt by Donald Trump and those who worked for him.”
It did not take long for Pelosi to jump on the bandwagon, saying in a statement issued Thursday night, “The news about the politicization of the Trump Administration Justice Department is harrowing. These actions appear to be yet another egregious assault on our democracy waged by the former president.”
“I support Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff’s call for an investigation into this situation and other acts of the weaponization of law enforcement by the former president. Transparency is essential,” Pelosi opined, according to the Examiner.
The righteous indignation from Schiff, Swalwell, and Pelosi is a bit rich, however, considering that during their initial impeachment probe of Trump, House Democrats had no problem securing and publicly disclosing details of private telephone calls between ranking Intelligence Committee Republican Devin Nunes (CA) and others, including the president’s then-personal attorney Rudy Giuliani and journalist John Solomon.
Apparently, when it comes to the notion of using government surveillance powers to achieve partisan leverage, Democrats are only bothered when they suspect they may have been on the receiving end of such a strategy.