GOP Puts Biden’s Attorney General In The Hot Seat

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( – On Tuesday, the House Judiciary Committee subpoenaed Attorney General Merrick Garland claiming that he needed to turn over information relating to the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) push for all communications of congressional staff that had occurred during the Trump administration. 

The subpoena comes after Chair Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) had originally filed an official request calling for information relating to the 2017 subpoena to Google where they had called for access to information on several congressional aids, and one former Senate Judiciary staffer., 

In October, Jason Foster, whose communication was included in the initial request. The New York Times in a report in 2021 noted that the Justice Department had subpoenaed many communications companies looking for access to private data on Congress members and staffers, including Reps. Eric Swalwell (Calif.) and Adam Schiff (Calif.). Those original requests had been made during the Trump administration.
Following Garland’s referral these subpoenas have been the subject of an investigation by the inspector general. 

Jordan in the letter he sent to Garland pointed out that the subpoenas were an indication that the executive Branch had the authority to gain access to the private communications of employees of the Legislative Branch who were part of the oversight of the department’s activities. The subpoena specifically is seeking access to all Department of    Justice requests for communications from any telecommunications.

Earlier this month, the Justice Department had sent a letter to Jordan noting that the communications by Foster’s had been gathered as part of a probe into a leak of classified information.

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