The United States Justice Department has been booby-trapped. Joyce Vance writes that it is full of ticking time bombs:
Attorney General Merrick Garland knew he’d inherit some ticking time bombs when he took charge of the Justice Department. What he didn’t know, apparently, until the New York Times reported it this month, was that one of them was this: Under the Trump administration, the department subpoenaed Apple for information that included accounts belonging to Democratic members of Congress and their staff and families, and concealed that fact from them for almost four years.Like Richard Nixon, Trump had a long enemies list. But Trump went further than Nixon when it came to his attempts to destroy those people. His justice department sought information from Apple on two congressmen and gagged Apple from reporting the subpoenas:
The subpoenas just happened to home in on two opponents of President Donald Trump, Reps. Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.) and Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), and these or others also retrieved information about James B. Comey, the FBI director Trump fired, and Trump’s own White House Counsel Donald McGahn, rumored around that time to have been cooperating with the Mueller investigation. It’s also odd that a prosecutor from New Jersey, without much experience in leak investigations, was brought in by Attorney General William P. Barr in 2020 to resuscitate the probe, which hadn’t produced enough evidence to charge a crime in the three years since it began under Barr’s predecessor, Jeff Sessions.
Both Barr and Sessions claim to know nothing about the subpoenas. Garland has asked the department's Inspector General to investigate. You can bet that what he finds will stink -- as my mother used to say -- "to high heaven."