House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) holds her weekly press conference at the United States Capitol in Washington on May 13, 2021.
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The Trump Department of Justice reported The decision to summon technology companies for bank account information from US lawmakers is a step that “even goes beyond Richard Nixon,” said House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi, D-California, in an interview on CNN’s State of the Union.
“Richard Nixon had a list of enemies,” said Pelosi. “This is about undermining the rule of law.”
The New York Times reported Thursday that in 2017 and 2018, the Justice Department under the former president cited Apple over information from the accounts of at least a dozen people affiliated with the House Intelligence Committee, including two Democratic lawmakers: Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., And Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif. Microsoft confirmed on Friday that it had received a similar request.
According to reports, the investigation was looking for the source of leaks through contact between Trump employees and Russia. A blocking order prevented Apple and Microsoft from first notifying the owners of the accounts concerned of the summons, the company said. Apple said it did not know the investigation included legislator metadata when it passed the requirements.
The Justice Department’s internal guard said he would investigate the investigation. While the move is important, Pelosi said, “it is not a substitute for what we need to do in Congress,” adding that she will ensure a review of the situation in the House of Representatives.
Pelosi expressed disbelief in claims made by former Attorney General Bill Barr and Jeff Sessions that it was them unaware of explorations against the legislature. She said they would have to testify under oath, but did not say whether or not she would summon her testimony if they did not voluntarily comply.
“How could it be that there could be an investigation into members of the other level of government and the press and the rest of the world that the attorneys general didn’t know?” She said. “So who are these people and are they still in the Justice Department?”
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