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Leak inquiry shakes up Justice Department


Assistant Attorney General for the National Security Division John Demers at the Department of Justice in Washington Associated Press/Photo by Andrew Harnik (file)

Leak inquiry shakes up Justice Department

Federal law enforcement agents secretly seized records from Democrats, members of the media, and a White House lawyer as part of a leak investigation during the Trump administration. The Justice Department’s top national security official, John Demers, is one of the few Trump appointees to stay on under the Biden administration. In the wake of the revelations, he announced his upcoming resignation to staff on Monday.

Whom did the leak investigation target? News emerged last week that the Justice Department had secretly subpoenaed Apple for metadata from House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and another Democratic member in 2018 as the committee carried out its Russia inquiry. The department also subpoenaed the personal data of former White House counsel Don McGahn and reporters from The New York Times, The Washington Post, and CNN.

Dig deeper: From the WORLD archives, read Harvest Prude’s report in The Sift about McGahn’s resignation from the White House in 2018.


Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital’s managing editor. She is a graduate of World Journalism Institute, the Missouri School of Journalism, and the University of Missouri–St. Louis. Lynde resides with her family in Wichita, Kan.

@lmlangdon

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WFRA5346

Sounds like Watergate. But the question no one in the investigation will ask is, who was the leaker?