CNN’s Cuomo: Trump Is the ‘Ugliest Example’ of Deep State
Trump had the Department of Justice subpoena Apple for data from Democratic lawmakers
Anti-Trump CNN anchor Chris Cuomo said that the recent New York Times story, that Donald Trump had the Department of Justice subpoena Apple for data from Democratic lawmakers including Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), made “Watergate look like jaywalking.”
“Such a big part of Trump’s attraction was that he was going to go and disrupt the chaos."
"He was going to go in there and disrupt the ugliness and the deep-state stuff," Cuomo said, addressing his guest Schiff.
“The DOJ was being used as the muscle arm to shut people down who were going after the president’s behavior," he added.
"I mean, I can’t think of — it literally makes Watergate look like jaywalking.”
“I never expected in this country to feel the way that so many people do in the developing world that they could be the subject of investigation by unscrupulous executive just because they want it done.
"And that’s such a terrible turn for this country.
"We’ve got to put up stronger guardrails to make sure this kind of thing never happens again.”
"I view [former Trump Attorney General] Bill Barr as the 2nd most dangerous person in the country after Donald Trump, and this is just further proof," says Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, responding to reporting that his Apple data was targeted by the Trump Department of Justice. pic.twitter.com/6G2givvtWI— Cuomo Prime Time (@CuomoPrimeTime) June 11, 2021
“This is exactly what people thought Trump would change, which is something like a deep state, where they’re using an institution of government to investigate you in search of proof against you as opposed to proof driving an investigation.
"It is exactly what they thought he would change, and he was the ugliest example of the problem I’ve ever seen.”
Rep. Eric Swalwell of California told CNN's Don Lemon that he was informed that his data had been seized as part of the probe as well.
As CNN reported:
The leak hunt began with the FBI sending a subpoena to Apple in February 2018, which included a gag order, seeking metadata on more than 100 accounts as part of an investigation into the disclosure of classified information, the person familiar with the matter said.
The gag order was renewed three times before it expired this year, and Apple notified the customers.
The House Intelligence Committee determined that along with members of the panel and staff, the dragnet collected the records of family members, including at least one minor, the person said.
Records seized included those from staff members who had nothing to do with issues related to Russia or former FBI Director James Comey, including Schiff's personal office staff, a House Intelligence Committee source told CNN.
"I do know that to be true."
"And I believe they were targeted punitively, not for any reason in law but because Donald Trump identified Chairman Schiff and members of the committee as an enemy of his."