Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee laid out their perceived shortcomings of the Russia investigation and offered insight into what might come if they gain a majority in the 2018 midterms.

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Democrats memo lays out possible future of House Russia investigation

They may subpoena information about encrypted apps.


Andrew Wyrich


Posted on Mar 19, 2018   Updated on May 21, 2021, 9:21 pm CDT

Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee has shared a memo that indicates what they perceive as shortcomings of the Russia investigation that Republicans said was ending and what they could do in the future if Democrats gain control of the House of Representatives after the 2018 midterm elections later this year.

The memo also specifies that they would seek information about encrypted apps potentially used by President Donald Trump‘s campaign.

The memo, highlighted by the Intercept, says they would “seek records reflecting downloaded encrypted messaging apps for certain key individuals,” in relation to Apple. It also suggests doing something similar with WhatsApp.

Specifically regarding Jared Kushner, the committee said it would want to search “all messaging applications” he used during the campaign and transition “including but not limited to SMS, iMessage, Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger, Signal, Slack, Instagram, and Snapchat.”

Last week, Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee announced they would be shutting down their investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible ties between the country and the Trump campaign. While the announcement was met with exuberance from Trump on Twitter, Democrats instead released a memo highlighting what they could do in the future, adding that the Republicans shut down the investigation “prematurely.”

The memo says they want to continue investigating the hacking of Democratic National Committee emails, whether the Trump campaign knew of the hack, as well as election security, disinformation shared on social media, and other topics. It also lists a number of people they would hope to question as part of the probe.

You can read all of The Intercept’s report here.

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*First Published: Mar 19, 2018, 2:43 pm CDT