Top DOJ National Security Official Reportedly Resigning Amid News Of Seizures, Gag Orders

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by Shelby Talcott, The Daily Caller:

John Demers, the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) top national security official, is reportedly resigning amid news that the department issued seizures and gag orders to obtain records from the press and Democratic lawmakers.

Demers will leave by the end of next week, a DOJ official said according to The Associated Press. U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of New York Mark Lesko will reportedly replace Demers, according to the official.

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Democratic California Reps. Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell, who sit on the House Intelligence Committee, were targets of subpoenas – sent to Apple to obtain metadata – approved in 2017 and 2018, according to The New York Times. Staffers and family members were also reportedly subpoenaed and a gag order was used, meaning Apple couldn’t inform the congressmen of the situation, the NYT noted.

Demers’ upcoming resignation comes just after Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer pushed for the national security official to appear before Congress. Schumer threatened a subpoena if Demers didn’t voluntarily appear, according to the AP.

Demers has led the DOJ’s national security division since February 2018. This division was involved in the various leak investigations under former President Donald Trump, the AP added.

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