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Emmanuel Macron savaged for misinterpreting UK's Brexit demands as EU's 'purism' attacked

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A FORMER UK-US ambassador has attacked Emmanuel Macron for misinterpreting Britain’s desires over the Northern Ireland Protocol and claimed the French President wrongly believes the Government wishes to renegotiate the deal.

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Democrats seeks answers about Trump-era DOJ leak hunt targeting lawmakers

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WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice’s internal watchdog has been asked to investigate a Trump-era seizure of communication records from some Democratic lawmakers, according to an official in the agency.

It could join a burgeoning effort in Congress to unearth more details about what happened in 2017 when the DOJ under former President Donald Trump asked Apple to turn over communication metadata for at least two Democratic House members, their staff and family members. The investigation became public on Thursday in a report by The New York Times.

Separately on Friday, Democrats Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin threatened to subpoena former Attorneys Generals William Barr and Jeff Sessions to testify before Congress about the investigations.

Democrats on the House Intelligence have grown frustrated since learning last month their data was targeted and have been unable to get more information from the Department of Justice, according to a House official.

A House Intelligence Committee official said Friday that the panel’s Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff, who was among those targeted, has been unable to obtain information about the subpoena from Biden administration officials. For instance, the committee specifically asked what metadata was included in the subpoenas and the Justice Department has not provided answers, the official said.

“We have repeatedly posed basic and readily answerable questions to the Department for more than a month, but have received virtually no information beyond a confirmation that the investigation is closed,” the aide said in a statement. “The Department’s refusal to provide information is unacceptable, and they will need to provide a full accounting of this and other instances in which law enforcement was weaponized against Donald Trump’s political opponents.”

The official added that the only notification of the subpoenas came via email from Apple — an email that some who saw it believed might be spam, until they checked further.

The New York Times reported Thursday that under former President Donald Trump, the Justice Department subpoenaed metadata in February 2018 from Apple related to accounts belonging to at least two Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee. Their aides and family members, including a minor, were targeted as well. A source confirmed to NBC News that the lawmakers and staff had been notified by Apple.

At the time the records were sought, the House Intelligence Committee was investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election. The newspaper reported that the records were sought as part of an investigation into leaks of classified information.

Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., a frequent and vocal critic of Trump, was also targeted.

Schumer and Durbin said in a statement that Congress and the Justice Department’s inspector general must investigate these actions by the Trump administration.

Chuck Schumer and Dick Durbin approach the podium to speak to members of the media after a Senate Democratic Policy Luncheon on Jan. 17, 2018 at the Capitol.Alex Wong / Getty Images file

“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,” their statement said.

Schumer and Durbin said that the Justice Department must also provide information to the Judiciary Committee about what they called an “gross abuse of power” and “an assault on the separation of powers.”



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EU plot: Bloc leaders hold talks away from Boris at G7 ahead of crucial Brexit talks

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EU leaders all huddled together as they held caught up with one another at the G7 summit in Cornwall today.

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'Stop messing about!' Hartley-Brewer in scathing rant at Brussels after Macron's threats

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JULIA HARTLEY-BREWER launched into a furious rant against the European Union this morning as she called on Brussels to “stop messing about” during a clash with Labour MP Lisa Nandy.

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