House GOP Conference Chair

(R-N.Y.) on Tuesday defended the Justice Department’s efforts to secretly seize phone, email and other records from a pair of House Democratic lawmakers, their aides and reporters as officials aggressively pursued leak investigations during the Trump era.

Stefanik serves on the House Intelligence Committee, alongside two California Democrats and vocal critics of former President

, Intelligence Chairman

and Rep.

, who had their records subpoenaed without their knowledge.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) also

the records of their staff and family members, including one minor, as well as Trump's own White House counsel.

Stefanik acknowledged that the DOJ’s inspector general is investigating whether Trump administration officials abused their power by seeking the records of those in the legislative branch. The House and Senate Judiciary committees also have launched investigations into the matter. 

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