During the presidency of Donald Trump, the agency tried to gain access to the confidential correspondence of congressmen and journalists.
The Internal Investigation Service of the US Department of Justice will check the activities of the department during the presidency of Donald Trump.
In particular, the agency’s attempts to gain access to the electronic correspondence of members of the US Congress from the Democratic Party, as well as journalists, will be studied.
Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz said he intends to determine whether there were violations by the department. Horowitz admitted that the investigation could be expanded if “new circumstances become clear.”
The probe began after representatives of the US Democratic Party demanded testimony from two former US Attorneys General, Bill Barr, and Jeff Sessions, regarding the Justice Department’s attempts to gain access to the correspondence of members of Congress.
According to the New York Times, during the Trump presidency, the Justice Department demanded that Apple provide the account details of at least two Democrats from the House Intelligence Committee of the US Congress in an attempt to find out who was behind the leaks of classified information.
In Congress, they said that they are talking about the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff, and a member of the committee, Eric Swalwell. Schiff on Twitter has already called for Justice Department officials to be held accountable.
“President Trump has repeatedly and unceremoniously demanded that the Justice Department comply with his political will and tried to use it as leverage against his political opponents and members of the media,” Schiff said. Apple confirmed that in February 2018, the Ministry of Justice sent them a request with a requirement to provide information about customers at 73 phone numbers and 36 email addresses. The company stressed that it provided the Justice Department with limited information, without providing any content, such as emails or images.