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Former Attorney General Bill Barr. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Senate Judiciary Chairman Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) called on former Attorneys General Bill Barr and Jeff Sessions Friday to testify over the Trump Justice Department's secret subpoenas for data belonging to House Democrats.

Driving the news: At least a dozen people linked to the House Intelligence Committee had records seized between 2017 and early 2018, as part of the Justice Department's crackdown on media leaks related to the investigation into potential coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Context: One of the lawmakers targeted was Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), who now chairs the committee and has called for an inspector general investigation into federal prosecutors who subpoenaed and obtained a gag order on Apple.

  • Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), a fierce critic of former President Trump, was also targeted. "Like many of the world’s most despicable dictators, former President Trump showed an utter disdain for our democracy and the rule of law," Swalwell said in a statement addressing the revelations.
  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has also called for an investigation into the matter, calling it "yet another egregious assault on our democracy waged by the former president."
  • The data handed over by Apple and other evidence ultimately did not tie the committee members and other people linked to the committee to the leaks, according to the New York Times.

What they're saying: "This is a gross abuse of power and an assault on the separation of powers. This appalling politicization of the Department of Justice by Donald Trump and his sycophants must be investigated by both the DOJ Inspector General and Congress," Schumer and Durbin said in a statement.

  • "Former Attorneys General Barr and Sessions and other officials who were involved must testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee under oath. If they refuse, they are subject to being subpoenaed and compelled to testify under oath," they added.
  • "In addition, the Justice Department must provide information and answers to the Judiciary Committee, which will be vigorously investigation this abuse of power."
  • "This issue should not be partisan; under the Constitution, Congress is a co-equal branch of government and must be protected from an overreaching executive, and we expect that our Republican colleagues will join us in getting to the bottom of this serious matter."

The big picture: As part of the leak investigation, Trump's Justice Department also secretly seized the phone records of journalists working for CNN, Washington Post and New York Times.

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Schiff calls for investigation after NYT report on seized data by Trump DOJ

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif. Photo: Tom Williams / Getty Images

House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) called for an inspector general investigation into Donald Trump's "weaponization of law enforcement," after the New York Times reported the Justice Department subpoenaed Apple for data from the congressman's account.

Driving the news: At least a dozen people linked to the Intelligence Committee had records seized between 2017 and early 2018, including Schiff, who at the time was the panel's top Democrat and now serves as its chairman, The Times reported, citing people briefed on the inquiry.

U.S. Latinos earn less, die earlier in segregated areas

A rally in rally in Brooklyn, N.Y., protesting Latino segregation in October 2015. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

U.S. Latinos have a higher life expectancy and earn more yearly income when they live in racially mixed neighborhoods compared to areas that are predominantly Black or Latino, an analysis finds.

Why it matters: The study by the University of California Berkeley’s Othering and Belonging Institute released this week shows the physical and economic toll on Latinos as cities become more segregated.

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51 people unaccounted for after Miami-area condo collapse

A view of the crumpled portion of the 12-story condo tower on June 24 in Surfside, Florida. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

A massive search and rescue operation is underway after a portion of a 12-story condo building in Surfside, Florida, collapsed early Thursday morning, according to AP.

The latest: 51 people who were "supposedly residing" in the building at the time of the collapse have not yet been accounted for, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally Heyman said on CNN Thursday morning.