According to papers acquired by Just the News, the Department of Justice reportedly spied on members of the House Intelligence Committee to see what they knew about FBI misconduct in their Russia collusion investigation.
The DOJ reportedly used grand jury subpoenas to obtain the email and phone records of at least two House Intelligence Committee investigators who were attempting to collect evidence of FBI abuses in their investigation of Donald Trump’s alleged collusion with Russia – an allegation that has since been largely discredited.
According to Just the News, a subpoena dated November 20, 2017 ordered that Google hand over the personal communication data of two top employees.
The former employees learned of the subpoenas just this week, when Google informed them that their documents had been seized, per the company’s policy of notifying users five years after authorities request such material.
Kash Patel, a former senior counsel for the Intelligence Committee whose material was subpoenaed, described the news as “shocking.”
“Because a co-equal branch of government, we as congressional investigators and Devin Nunes, his staff on House Intel were conducting constitutional demanded oversight of the fraudulent acts at the FBI and DOJ which we now know happened,” Patel told Just the News.
The other staff member stated that he was likewise alerted by Google that the DOJ had subpoenaed his personal information and that he had been commended for his efforts to probe the FBI’s Russia collusion behavior.
According to Just the News, the subpoenas requested “all customer and subscriber account information,” “addresses (including mailing addresses, residential addresses, business addresses, and e-mail addresses),” user and screen names, “local and long distance telephone connection records” and “means and source of payment for such service (including any credit card or bank account number) and billing records.”
Although the records provided to Just the News are partially redacted, the numbering scheme on the subpoenas implies that the U.S. Attorney’s Office likely oversaw the investigation into the workers.
Devin Nunes, who spearheaded the investigation of the FBI and DOJ by the intelligence committee, urged the Republican leadership to review the subpoenas promptly.
Nunes told Just the News, “The FBI and DOJ spied on a presidential campaign, and when Congress began exposing what they were doing, they spied on us to find out what we knew and how we knew it.”
He said, “It’s an egregious abuse of power that the next Congress must investigate so these agencies can be held accountable and reformed.”
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According to Patel, Nunes and committee staffers have suspected that their communications may have been monitored since 2018, when then-Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein allegedly threatened to subpoena Nunes and other senior staffers during a meeting. CONTINUE READING…