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The Wall Street Journal: Senate Democrats Durbin and Schumer call for under-oath testimony from Barr and Sessions after phone-data revelations

WASHINGTON—Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin (D., Ill.) called for former attorneys general Jeff Sessions and William Barr to testify before Congress under oath after revelations that the Trump Justice Department secretly sought records from Apple Inc.
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related to communications by Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee and their aides and relatives.

Context: Trump’s Justice Department secretly seized phone data from House Democrats including Schiff and Swalwell

“If they refuse, they are subject to being subpoenaed and compelled to testify under oath,” the two senators said in a statement. “In addition, the Justice Department must provide information and answers to the Judiciary Committee, which will vigorously investigate this abuse of power.”

The senators also said that other officials who were involved must testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee under oath. “We expect that our Republican colleagues will join us in getting to the bottom of this serious matter,” they said.

Apple in May notified individuals associated with the committee that the Justice Department had issued grand-jury subpoenas for their information in February 2018, a committee official said. The committee immediately contacted the Justice Department for clarification and additional information, the official said, adding that the department informed the committee last month that the matter had been closed.

At the time of the subpoenas, then-President Donald Trump and officials in his administration, including Sessions, were trying to locate the source of leaks about contacts between Russia and figures in Trump’s 2016 election campaign. Barr renewed the leak investigations after taking office in 2019, directing a federal prosecutor from New Jersey to work on about a half-dozen cases, according to a person familiar with the matter.

An expanded version of this report appears at WSJ.com.

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