Michael Cohen says DOJ acted like 'mafia' under the 'corrupt arm of the Trump administration' after the revelation it secretly obtained data from Democratic lawmakers
Michael Cohen takes a break while speaking to media representatives after leaving the Manhattan Attorney's Office in New York City on March 19, 2021. Michael M. Santiago / Getty Images
Michael Cohen told Insider the Justice Department had been corrupted by former President Donald Trump.
The ex-president's former personal lawyer responded to news the ministry had spied on lawmakers.
The department had summoned Apple, among other things, with data on representatives Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell.
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The revelation that the U.S. Department of Justice received records from at least two Democratic lawmakers - and critics of former President Donald Trump - shows the extent to which the legal system has been perverted to serve the narrow-minded interests of the last administration, Michael Cohen told Insider on Friday.
Comments from the ex-president's former personal attorney came after reports that federal prosecutors forced Apple to release communications data for Democratic MPs Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell, as well as committee staff and their relatives, including a child.
In total, at least a dozen people were affected, the New York Times reported, to uncover the source of leaks to the press about Trump employees and their dealings with Russia. The government also received recordings of journalists in several national media as part of its investigation.
"Like the Mafia, the Justice Department became nothing more than a corrupt arm of the Trump administration," said Cohen, "led by Donald J. Trump as the head of the family."
Cohen added that any target of final government surveillance "should be notified and the full list of people immediately given to the media".
Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz announced Friday that his office would investigate the incident and whether it was based on "improper considerations" at the request of Democratic leaders in Congress.
In the Senate, the Democrats are also demanding that former Trump Attorney General Bill Barr and Jeff Sessions testify under oath on their role in the matter.
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