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House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), a member of the committee, were notified last month that the Trump Justice Department secretly obtained Apple records about them in 2017-18, in what Schiff called "a body blow to our democracy."

Driving the news: Schiff and Swalwell spoke on CNN after the N.Y. Times revealed that as part of a leak investigation, the Justice Department subpoenaed, and received, Apple metadata (records but not actual content) for at least a dozen House Intelligence Committee members, aides and family members. One was a minor.

  • The records contained no proof of leaks. "As the years wore on, some [DOJ] officials argued in meetings that charges were becoming less realistic," The Times reported. "They lacked strong evidence, and a jury might not care about information reported years earlier."

Schiff, who at the time was the committee's top Democrat under a GOP chair, told Chris Cuomo that the requests were "extraordinarily broad — people having nothing to do with ... the intelligence matters that are, at least, being reported on," and called it a "fishing expedition":

  • "What they were looking for, I still don't know. Apparently they didn't find anything."

Swalwell told Don Lemon that the officials and relatives "were targeted punitively — not for any reason in law, but because Donald Trump identified Chairman Schiff and members of the committee as an enemy."

  • Swalwell said the subpoenas were covered by gag orders: "It looks like they were renewed a number of times and, thankfully, ... it looks like [the Biden administration] did not renew it."
  • "The matter's closed," Swalwell said. "And of course it's closed, because we did nothing but our jobs, and we followed the rules we were supposed to follow in our investigation that showed that Donald Trump and his team sought to have assistance from Russia."

Schiff said Trump used the Justice Department as "this bludgeon to go after the president's enemies, and a shield to protect those who lied for him."

  • "We brought about these new norms after Watergate to prevent exactly this kind of abuse. But they didn't survive his presidency."
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Jan. 6 select committee demands records from social media companies on riot

Select committee Chair Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) with other committee members in the Capitol in July 2021. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

The Jan. 6 select committee said Friday it is demanding records from social media companies regarding the violence riot at the Capitol at the start of this year.

Why it matters: The demand is another major expansion to the select committee's investigation and follows its sweeping records request sent to the National Archives and seven federal agencies earlier this week.

Biden to stress U.S. does not seek new Cold War in UN speech

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President Biden will use his first address before the UN General Assembly to lay out his vision for an era of "intensive diplomacy" with allies and "vigorous competition" with great powers — without a Cold War with China.

Why it matters: Biden will take the podium in New York on Tuesday with his own international credibility in question after the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan. His administration also is struggling to build international momentum to fight climate change, the pandemic and rising global authoritarianism.

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Biden administration to lift travel ban for fully vaccinated international travelers

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White House COVID-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients announced on Monday that the Biden administration will allow fully vaccinated travelers from around the world to enter the U.S. beginning in November.

Why it matters: The announcement comes as President Biden seeks commitments from countries to donate vaccines to the global COVAX initiative. He is expected to host a COVID summit on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly this week, and many of the countries attending have expressed frustration with the travel ban.