"Independent Watchdog [sic] Launches Inquiry into Trump-Era Seizure of Lawmakers’ Data"
I used "sic" because "Independent Watchdog" is actually the U.S. Department of Justice Inspector General (or "USDOJIG" if I were texting.)
That's one of today's (June 11) front page stories for the New York Times.
Here's the nut "graf" (or "graph") as a media maven could say:
|Democrats denounced the Trump administration’s seizure of lawmakers’ data as an abuse of power and called on Republicans to back the congressional inquiry.|
And here's a bite of the Apple. Apple--get it? New York Times. New York. The Big Apple. And not only that, but Apple, Inc. is part of the story.
|WASHINGTON — The Justice Department’s independent inspector general opened an investigation on Friday into the decision by federal prosecutors to secretly seize the data of House Democrats and reporters as investigators hunted down who was leaking classified information early in the Trump administration.|
At the same time, top Senate Democrats demanded that the former attorneys general Jeff Sessions and William P. Barr testify publicly before Congress about the leak investigations, including about subpoenas issued to tech companies in 2017 and 2018 for the records of at least a dozen people tied to the House Intelligence Committee. The senators vowed to “vigorously investigate” and called on Republicans to join them.
Apple, which complied with a subpoena for information related to more than 100 email addresses and phone numbers in February 2018, said on Friday that it did not realize that the records belonged to Representative Adam B. Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the Intelligence Committee, and his associates. Microsoft said it was also subpoenaed by a grand jury as early as November 2017 for data related to an email account for an aide to the panel.
That's not the entire article (as you may have already guessed.) But it's not a real
long article. Longer than a "blurb" but not anywhere near as long as a "white paper" or a magazine-style article. Let me give credit where credit is due, to New York Times reporters Nicholas Fandos and Charlie Savage. And the page link:https://www.nytimes.com/202...epartment-trump.html
So, will another truth eventually come out?
I just have two questions--but I will offer (using the HIDE format) what I think are the answers.
Why did the U.S. Department of Justice, first under Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard "Jeff" Sessions (III) and then under William Pelham "Bill" Barr, undertake these "leak" investigations and why did they do it in the way that they did?My guess.
What would be the downside of a disbarment of William Barr, to exclude him from any further practice as a lawyer of the profession of Law?My guess.Help me out here.