U.S. Justice Department watchdog to probe seizure of Democrats’ communications data

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The U.S. Justice Department’s internal watchdog will probe efforts by the department during President Donald Trump’s administration to seize the communications data of Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives, the watchdog confirmed.

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz said his office was beginning a review of the department’s “use of subpoenas and other legal authorities to obtain communication records of Members of Congress and affiliated persons, and the news media in connection with recent investigations of alleged unauthorized disclosures of information to the media by government officials.”

Horowitz said in a statement that his review will “examine the Department’s compliance with applicable DOJ policies and procedures, and whether any such uses, or the investigations, were based upon improper considerations.” He said his inquiry could expand if unspecified “other issues” arise during…

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