House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Thursday lent her support to a call from House Intelligence Committee chair Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) for an investigation into a new report that the Trump Department of Justice subpoenaed communications data from at least two Democrats on that panel during the former president’s tenure, as the Washington Examiner notes.
Pelosi’s comments came on the heels of Schiff’s demand for an inspector general probe of the supposed conduct of Justice Department officials during the administration of former President Donald Trump in which his phone records and those of others were reportedly subpoenaed and seized back in 2017 and 2018.
The New York Times indicated in a Thursday report that DOJ officials requested the data form Apple as part of an investigation of leaks connected to the House committee’s inquiry into links between some of the former president’s associates and individuals from Russia.
Schiff called the scenario described in the Times report “a terrible abuse of power” and argued that the conduct “makes the Department of Justice a fully owned subsidiary of the president’s personal legal interests and political interests,” according to Politico.
Revealing on Thursday that he was the second committee member whose records had been sought and seized pursuant to the conduct at issue, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) declared, “I support Chairman Schiff’s call for an inspector general report into not only this conduct, but other conduct that was corrupt by Donald Trump and those who worked for him.”
Never one to miss an opportunity to pile on when it comes to Trump, Pelosi waded into the matter Thursday night by saying, “The news about the politicization of the Trump Administration Justice Department is harrowing,” adding, “These actions appear to be yet another egregious assault on our democracy waged by the former president.”
Offering her full support of the Intel chair’s investigatory desires, Pelosi said, “I support Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff’s call for an investigation into this situation and other acts of the weaponization of law enforcement by the former president,” further pontificating, “Transparency is key.”
Those who closely watched the Democrats’ first impeachment probe into Trump may find the outrage expressed by Schiff and Swalwell this week to be just a touch hypocritical, given their willingness back in 2019 to obtain and publicly disclose information related to private phone calls involving Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) and others, such as former Trump personal attorney Rudy Giuliani and journalist John Solomon.
Not surprisingly, potential misuse of authority – particularly of an official investigatory nature – only seems to matter to those on the left when they are the ones who may be the focus of embarrassing or incriminating revelations.