Schiff Urges Attorney General To Conduct a 'Wholesale Review' of 'Gross Abuses' in Trump DOJ


House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) is urging Attorney General Merrick Garland to investigate what he calls “gross abuses” in the Department of Justice under former President Donald Trump.

“I think [Garland] really needs to do a wholesale review of all of the politicization of the department over the last four years,” Schiff said during an interview on CBS News’ “Face The Nation.”

He continued, “What happened to our committee, what happened to members of the press, that’s just a subset.”

The California Democrat went on to cite the “direct intervention by the president and the attorney general in specific criminal cases implicating the president” in the cases of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and Trump ally Roger Stone.

“These are gross abuses of the independence of the Justice Department, and we don’t know how far they run, and our new attorney general has to find out,” he added.

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Schiff’s comments come after it was revealed that the DOJ under Trump subpoenaed the records of Schiff and Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) who serve on the House Intelligence Committee as part of a leak investigation.

Additionally, it was reported that the DOJ under Trump secretly seized the phone records of four reporters at The New York Times, as well as the phone records of a CNN reporter in leak investigations.

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