More information is coming out about the Trump-era Department of Justice subpoenaing information on Democratic members of Congress.
"DOJ under Trump demanded metadata on 73 phone numbers and 36 email addresses from Apple, the company said tonight. The Dept sent a broad request in February 2018 as part of its investigation that collected data on members of Congress, staffers and their families," CNN's Jim Scuitto reported Friday.
Zack Wittaker of TechCrunch reported further details.
"The grand jury subpoena sought metadata for 109 identifiers, specifically 73 phone numbers and 36 email addresses. Apple said it assumes ISPs [Internet Service Providers] and other tech companies were also sent similar requests," Wittaker reported.
CNN is also reporting Microsoft received a subpoena in 2017.
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The inspector general for Capitol Police revealed the department is paying a contractor which uses offensive symbols.
"Capitol Police spent $90,075 of taxpayer dollars in 2018 and 2019 to train its specialized Containment Emergency Response Team with Northern Red Inc., a company that publicly displays symbols often associated with the white supremacist movement," CQ Roll call reported. "Capitol Police Inspector General Michael Bolton discovered the symbols as part of his review into the Jan. 6 insurrection and has recommended the department "review the appropriateness of utilizing Northern Red, Inc. for further training," according to an advisory report shared with acting Chief Yogananda Pittman and other department officials."
The publication obtained a copy of the report.
"Northern Red's website and Facebook page prominently display the Devil's Guard Patch, which stems from a 1971 novel titled 'Devil's Guard,' which has been described as 'overly sympathetic to the Nazis, especially the SS.' Northern Red's company logo includes a combination of two Nordic runes (symbols) — Othala and Tyr — both of which are listed on the Anti-Defamation League's website as hate symbols. Another Northern Red logo, Thor's Hammer, is also listed as a hate symbol."
A spokesperson for Capitol Police said the department does not plan to train with Northern Red in the future.
"Acting Chief Pittman believes it is time for a culture change in the law enforcement profession. Diversity and inclusion has been a passion of hers throughout her entire career," the spokesperson said. "Acting Chief Pittman and all of the USCP leadership team takes extremist ideology seriously and are working on a plan to ensure that kind of cancer does not find its way into this Department. It has no place here."
While the symbols can have non-racist meanings, it was enough to alarm Bolton.
"While some of these logos and slogans could have multiple meanings, their use at Department provided training could lead employees to feel unsafe or uncomfortable," Bolton said. "Furthermore, USCP participation at training provided by Northern Red, could lead individuals to believe that USCP sanctions the use of these symbols."
Charge Fox News executives with ‘crimes against humanity’ and ‘election interference’: Newsmax hosts
On Newsmax Friday, longtime conservative internet talkers turned talk show hosts Lynnette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson, better known by their stage names "Diamond and Silk," tore into Fox News during a segment about James Murdoch donating to left-wing causes, saying that their executives should be charged with "crimes against humanity" and "election interference."
"First of all, where's the FEC?" said Hardaway. "This is why what happened on election night in 2020 happened. It was the executives making the decision, in my humble opinion. Even when it comes down to this pandemic and allowing Fauci to spew lies and to give us misinformation, these executives went along with it."
"I think these executives should be charged with crimes against humanity, and also with election interference," continued Hardaway. Richardson agreed, suggesting that politics was also behind Fox News' decision to cancel their own program, since they were a "powerful voice" for Trump. In fact, Fox News fired them for pushing COVID-19 conspiracy theories including that the virus may have been "man-made" or delivered to people through 5G cell towers.
Trump and his allies have increasingly fallen out with Fox News as the right-wing network has slowly seen its viewership bleeding to newer, more right-wing upstarts including Newsmax. Fox News cut ties with "Diamond and Silk" in 2020 for pushing a conspiracy theory about the coronavirus death toll.
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