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The House Judiciary Committee will launch a formal probe into the Trump-era Justice Department's seizure of data from devices belonging to members of Congress, their aides, journalists and then-White House counsel, panel chair Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) announced Monday.

Why it matters: Though it's so far unclear if the cases are related, they raise "serious constitutional and separation of power concerns," Nadler said in a statement.

  • The DOJ's inspector general announced his own investigation last week.

State of play: Apple told former Trump White House counsel Don McGahn last month that the Department of Justice secretly subpoenaed information about accounts of his in 2018.

What they're saying: It is possible that "these cases are merely our first glimpse into a coordinated effort by the Trump Administration to target President Trump’s political opposition," Nadler said.

  • "If so, we must learn the full extent of this gross abuse of power, root out the individuals responsible, and hold those individuals accountable for their actions."
  • "Congress must make it extraordinarily difficult, if not impossible, for the Department to spy on the Congress or the news media," he added. "We should make it hard for prosecutors to hide behind secret gag orders for years at a time.  We cannot rely on the Department alone to make these changes."

The big picture: Attorney General Merrick Garland said Monday that he has directed Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco to "evaluate and strengthen the department’s existing policies and procedures for obtaining records" from members of Congress. 

  • Media executives from CNN, the Washington Post and the New York Times met with Garland to discuss DOJ seizures.

Go deeper: Trump-era Justice Department emerges as scandal of the summer

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DOJ urges Supreme Court not to overturn Roe v. Wade

Attorney General Merrick Garland during a Sept. 9 news conference at the Department of Justice. Photo: Samuel Corum/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Department of Justice sought permission Monday to present oral arguments when the Supreme Court hears a case challenging Mississippi's strict abortion law, as it called on justices to uphold Roe v. Wade.

Why it matters: The two briefs, filed by acting Solicitor General Brian Fletcher, mark the latest attempt by President Biden's DOJ to "protect the legal right to an abortion," per the New York Times, which first reported on the court filings.

"Fortnite" blacklisted from Apple store

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Epic Games CEO and founder Tim Sweeney said Wednesday that Apple has "blacklisted ['Fortnite'] from the Apple ecosystem until the exhaustion of all court appeals," a process that could take up to five years.

Why it matters: It appears "Fortnite" won't be returning to the Apple store any time soon.

DOJ sues American Airlines, JetBlue to block "unprecedented" alliance

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The Justice Department on Tuesday sued American Airlines and JetBlue to block an "unprecedented series of agreements" that will consolidate the two airlines' operations in Boston and New York City.

Why it matters: The civil antitrust complaint alleges that the planned Northeast Alliance (NEA) "will cause hundreds of millions of dollars in harm to air passengers across the country through higher fares and reduced choice," the DOJ said in a release.