Senate Democratic leaders on Friday demanded that former attorneys general in the Trump administration testify over secret subpoenas of two House Democrats.
Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Judiciary Committee Chairman Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) called the secret subpoenas “a gross abuse of power and an assault on the separation of powers.” They said that if former Trump Attorneys General William P. Barr and Jeff Sessions do not voluntarily testify, they will be subpoenaed to appear before Durbin’s committee.
The statement from Schumer and Durbin is in response to reports Thursday night that the Justice Department in 2018 secretly subpoenaed Apple for the data of two Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam B. Schiff (Calif.) and Rep. Eric Swalwell (Calif.), as well as the data of their current and former staffers and family members.
June 13, 2021
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