The Inspector General of the US Department of Justice, Michael Horowitz, has announced the initiation of an investigation into the alleged receipt of data from the cell phones of two Democratic politicians by the Donald Trump administration.
Horowitz has stated that he is “initiating a review of the Justice Department’s use of subpoenas and other legal permissions to obtain communication stories from members of Congress and relatives, as well as the media.”
It has stated in a statement that the investigation is “linked to recent investigations into alleged unauthorized disclosure of information by government officials to the media” before adding that “it is investigating whether the ministry has been complying with guidelines and applicable procedures “.
The Justice Department has reported in recent weeks that while Trump was in office, prosecutors received phone calls from journalists for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and CNN attempting to publish the information.
For their part, Senate Democrats have announced that they will start their own investigations, calling for former Attorney General William Barr and other senior Justice Department officials to appear during Trump’s tenure, The New Yokr Tiimes reports.
“This issue should not be partisan,” said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, who said Democrats “hope that Republican colleagues will come together to investigate this serious issue.”
According to information recently released by The New York Times, the Department of Justice used grand jury subpoenas to compel Apple and another service provider to divulge data on at least a dozen people in connection with the Intelligence Committee’s investigation into alleged links between Trump and Russia .