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Trump Administration seized Apple Account Data for Adam Schiff and other Democrats

Discussion in 'American Politics' started by essentialsaltes, Jun 11, 2021.

  1. essentialsaltes

    essentialsaltes Stranger in a Strange Land

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    According to The New York Times, prosecutors subpoenaed the tech giant for account data for at least two House Intelligence Committee members.

    Representative Adam Schiff - now the committee's chairman - was reportedly one of those targeted.

    On Thursday night, representative Eric Swalwell told broadcaster CNN that he was another Democrat targeted. He confirmed that family members' information - including a child's - were also obtained.

    According to the New York Times report, prosecutors under former Attorney General Jeff Sessions made the request for Apple data in 2017 and early 2018. They were reportedly looking for the source of news reports about contacts between Russia and associates of Republican President Trump.

    The Justice Department also managed to get a gag order to stop Apple from telling those involved, the paper said. That order only expired this year, and Apple reportedly told the targets last month.

    None of the data seized tied any of the Democrats, their aides or their family members to the leaks, the New York Times said.
     
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  2. wing2000

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    From the NYT article linked by the OP:

    The zeal in the Trump administration’s efforts to hunt leakers led to the extraordinary step of subpoenaing communications metadata from members of Congress — a nearly unheard-of move outside of corruption investigations. While Justice Department leak investigations are routine, current and former congressional officials familiar with the inquiry said they could not recall an instance in which the records of lawmakers had been seized as part of one.

    ....and family members of Congress were targeted as well.
     
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  3. essentialsaltes

    essentialsaltes Stranger in a Strange Land

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    Or corrupt investigations.
     
  4. Sidon

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    So, Trump's administration was legitimately looking for the "unverified" or "verified" but never named hidden "sources" that accused Trump of everything they could think of next, everyday he was in office.... to post as "breaking news" everyday,.... on CNN and MSNBC, and NBC.

    Makes sense.
    I hope they found them all.
    Its good to be in the LIGHT.

    I recall being in the gym during the fake "russian probe", that they beat Trump with for the first 30 months, and every day, i would be pumping iron watching the screens, all tuned to CNN and MSNBC and NBC.
    And low and behold.....Each had the same story on at the same time. And each showed a "crawl".
    That is info posted as sentences across the bottom of the screen.
    And all 3 Networks, had the same news crawl.
    Each day a new one, freshly invented that morning, and 3 different networks posted the SAME ONE , while all reported the same STORY, at the SAME TIME.
    None of it was true., for 30 months.
     
  5. TLK Valentine

    TLK Valentine You will be who you will be. We are our choices.

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    Donald did promise to "go after terrorists' families" -- it would stand to reason that since he considers anyone who opposes him to be a terrorist...
     
  6. essentialsaltes

    essentialsaltes Stranger in a Strange Land

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    They did not find any among the Democratic politicians they were spying on.
     
  7. Sidon

    Sidon Well-Known Member

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    Is it really that?

    I think Trump is able to deal with some opposition.
    But when the Media is creating false narratives 24/7, and your own FBI/CIA is in collusion with this false "russian probe".....
    I think that if you are a President, and you realize that the STINCH is "partisan" activated, then you use what you have at your disposal to try to get out the facts.
    And along the way, you find out who is creating the falsifications, and you hold them accountable.

    Im not aware that D Trump has Angel's wings, and his big mouth was more often then not, a problem.
    Yet, at that time There was no NEWSMAXX out there, trying to plead the case against the rest of the News Media, as they do now.
    Even Fox, turned on Him, and that is related to the politics of the SON of R. Murdoch, who is the heir of the Fox Empire, and he's a devout Socialist up to his eyebrows.
    He's basically Mark Zuckerberg on Steroids.
     
  8. TLK Valentine

    TLK Valentine You will be who you will be. We are our choices.

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    Yes -- I think it really is the petty vengeance of a man incapable of doing or being any better.

    Weep for him somewhere else. Donald is a victim of nothing but his own Donaldness.


    And did Donald "realize" this? Did he assume that only Democrats were out to get him?

    do you believe that?

    Did he succeed?

    Because here's a fun fact: every administration has leaks; even functioning ones which are built on cooperation and an atmosphere of mutual respect.

    By all accounts, Donald inspired none of this. The man thrives on chaos and set people against one another -- demanding (rather than inspiring) respect by having his underlings prove their loyalty and devotion to him.

    In short, he ran his office like The Apprentice -- with his staff in constant competition with one another to stroke his ego. Are we really surprised that they would resort to ratting one another out... or rat him out while pointing the finger at someone else?

    As I said, he brought it on himself.
     
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  9. essentialsaltes

    essentialsaltes Stranger in a Strange Land

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    Senators Chuck Schumer and Dick Durbin:

    "Former Attorneys General Barr and Sessions and other officials who were involved must testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee under oath. If they refuse, they are subject to being subpoenaed and compelled to testify under oath," the Democratic leaders continued.

    "The revelation that the Trump Justice Department secretly subpoenaed metadata of House Intelligence Committee Members and staff and their families, including a minor, is shocking. This is a gross abuse of power and an assault on the separation of powers," Schumer and Durbin said in a joint statement Friday. "This appalling politicization of the Department of Justice by Donald Trump and his sycophants must be investigated immediately by both the DOJ Inspector General and Congress."
     
  10. wing2000

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    DOJ IG opening a review:

    "Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz announced Friday that his office is launching a probe following reports that the department had sought the records of journalists and prominent critics of former president Donald Trump on the House Intelligence Committee.

    In a statement, Horowitz said the review “will examine the Department’s compliance with applicable DOJ policies and procedures, and whether any such uses, or the investigations, were based upon improper considerations.”

    “If circumstances warrant, the OIG will consider other issues that may arise during the review,” he said."

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/powe...2b1aa8-cace-11eb-a11b-6c6191ccd599_story.html
     
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  11. Kentonio

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    Using the federal justice system to spy on political opponents should be a jailable offense. Its a horrible misuse of powers.
     
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  12. TLK Valentine

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    We shall see if Barr and Sessions can defend their actions should they be subpoenaed by Congress.
     
  13. FreeinChrist

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    Folks, stay on topic. Some clean up was done.
    As my dad used to say in the car, "Don't make me come back there."
     
  14. DaisyDay

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    Huh. So you don't remember that Trump's son and son-in-law met with Russians in the Trump Tower on the promise that "dirt" on Hillary Clinton would be provided? You don't remember that Trump Sr. personally drafted a letter of explanation for Jr. that was a lie? You don't remember that said son-in-law suggested to Ambassador Sergei Kislyak setting up a secret back channel to communicate more freely with the Russians? You don't remember that Trump's choice for National Security Advisor met with Kislyak, telling him that the Russians should hold off responding to the sanctions imposed for the invasion of the Crimea, then lied about the meeting? You don't remember that Roger Stone was in contact with WikiLeaks and coordinated the release of the DNC hacked emails?

    Or is it that all these meetings were nothing to be concerned about?

    Do you remember that the CIA, FBI and Dept of Justice were under the control of Trump during the investigations? Do you recall that the Senate and the House were under Republican leadership during their investigations?
     
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  15. hislegacy

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    They were investigating leaks at the highest levels of government.

    There is an issue with investigating now?
     
  16. essentialsaltes

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    He sold out to the Russians by imposing harsh financial hardship on them for 3 yrs?
    He opposed them regarding their Crimea Land Grab.
    He sold out to them by making them leave areas of the middle east that they were trying to take over his 1st yr in the White House.?

    He sold out to them by Supporting People of Faith, in the USA?
    He sold out to them by Standing on China's neck, and reversing the curse of "Import" duties and tariffs, to the degree that in his 4 yrs, the USA became the most powerful, most influential, and most economically blessed, since the word "President" was invented.

    He sold out to them by making Israel the safest it's been since the Nation was Created.
    He sold out to the Russians, by trying to hold back the tide of "alt sexuality" civil rights that are just based on someone's sex's acts as their lifestyle, in the USA.
    He Sold out to them by showing you that Hunter Biden is corrupt, and Daddy knew it, and denied it while they counted their millions and are still laughing..

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  18. SimplyMe

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    What leak were they allegedly investigating that Democrats in Congress made, and were they illegal? And before you tell me you don't know what leak they might have been investigating, what classified information (what would be illegal) did someone in Congress allegedly leak?
     
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    MOD HAT ON

    THIS THREAD NEEDS CLEANING!

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