A video of Kamala Harris toasting former Attorney General Bill Barr has resurfaced on social media. It comes after the revelation that Department of Justice prosecutors have subpoenaed Apple for data from the accounts of at least two House Intelligence Committee Democrats, aides and family members, including a minor, in as part of an investigation into a leak during the first phase of the Trump administration.
The video shows Harris, taking in May 2019 before she became vice president, asking the then attorney general if anyone in the White House suggested she open an investigation into anyone.
In the recording, Harris asks, “Has the President or anyone in the White House ever asked or suggested that you open someone up?”
“Hmm. I wouldn’t want to … Could you repeat that question? Barr responds.
After Harris repeated the question and demanded a yes or no answer, Barr said, “Uh … the president or someone else …”
“It looks like you’d remember something like that and could tell us,” Harris said.
“Yeah, but I’m trying to grapple with the word suggest. There has been some talk about it but they haven’t asked me to open an investigation, but…” Barr said.
“Maybe they suggested? Harris retorts.
” I do not know. I wouldn’t suggest suggest?
“Insigned? Inferred? “
“I don’t know,” Barr said, before Harris moved on to the next question.
On Thursday, it was revealed that prosecutors in Barr’s Department took a very unusual step when they investigated who was behind the leaks of classified information at the start of the Trump administration, citing Apple for complaints. data from Democratic accounts between 2017 and early 2018. The subpoenas were reportedly issued. as part of an investigation into leaks around Trump allies meeting with Russian officials.
Among the Democrats included was Adam Schiff of California, then head of the House Intelligence Committee investigating Trump.
Eric Swalwell, another California Democrat, confirmed in an interview Thursday that he was also told his data had been subpoenaed.
The DoJ hit Apple with a gag order that prevented them from telling those who had been subpoenaed that they were under investigation. The order sold out last month.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) called the actions “heartbreaking” and supported calls for an investigation into the matter.
She said transparency was “essential” because she also accused Trump of arming law enforcement against his political opponents.
“Recently, it became public knowledge that the Trump administration has searched for account metadata of House Intelligence Committee members and staff and their families,” the statement read.
“The news regarding the politicization of the Trump administration’s justice department is heartbreaking. These actions appear to be another blatant attack on our democracy led by the former president.
“I support the call of the chairman of the intelligence committee, Adam Schiff, for an investigation into this situation and other acts of militarization of law enforcement by the former president. Transparency is essential.”
News week contacted the Justice Department for comment.