The gag order was renewed three times but was not extended this year. It freed Apple last month and finally notified those whose data was taken. It is at that point that Reps. Adam Schiff and Eric Swellwell — both on the California Democrat Intelligence Committee who were anti-Trump — as well as committee staff and other staff, some families and even a minor learned that their data had been taken. A source on the House Intelligence Committee told CNN that the records seized include those of staff members who have nothing to do with Russia or issues related to former FBI Director James Comey, including staff from Schiff’s personal office. are also included.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin are convening Bar and Sessions to testify on the case.
“If they refuse, they will be summoned and forced to testify under oath,” Democrats said in a statement Friday. But a Senate aide explained that Democrats would need the support of at least one Republican on the equally divided Judiciary Committee to approve any subpoenas. However, House Democrats can issue subpoenas without the GOP’s consent.
Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee, which Schiff chairs, plan to ask Apple to see if additional members were targeted by the Trump Justice Department, CNN has reported.
Representative Mike Quigley, an Illinois Democrat on the committee, who told CNN on Friday that he did not know his data was confiscated, said Saturday that the Justice Department should come forward with the information. “I think it’s time for the Justice Department to come forward and tell everyone in Congress everything they know,” he told CNN’s “Newsroom.”
“I think the Attorney General has to recognize that this is not an isolated incident,” he said, referring to Attorney General Merrick Garland. “It’s a systematic abuse of power, as we described earlier. He has to control that.”
This story has been updated with additional background.