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U.S. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) speaks to members of the media outside a closed session before the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight committees at the U.S. Capitol on October 28, 2019 in Washington, DC. Also pictured are (L-R) Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Rep.

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House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., is demanding answers from the Department of Justice on the heels of a bombshell report that the Trump administration had secretly subpoenaed Apple for his data.

Schiff, one of two House Democrats whose records were reportedly seized by Trump's Justice Department, called on the agency's internal watchdog to investigate.

Former President Donald Trump "tried to use the Department as a cudgel against his political opponents and members of the media," Schiff said in a statement shortly after the report came out Thursday night. "It is increasingly apparent that those demands did not fall on deaf ears."

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The New York Times reported that Trump's Justice Department in 2017 and early 2018 seized records from at least a dozen people linked to the House intelligence panel, including Schiff and Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif. The agency reportedly also obtained data from the accounts of aides and family members, one of whom was a child.

Prosecutors in the DOJ, under the helm of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, were searching for the sources of damaging news reports about contacts between Trump associates and Russia, the report said.

As Trump's prosecutors probed the source of the leaks, they looked into the House Intelligence Committee, whose members have access to sensitive documents.

The probe did not link the House committee to the leaks — but Sessions' replacement, Attorney General William Barr, kept the investigation going, the Times reported.

U.S. President Donald Trump, left, speaks to William Barr, U.S. attorney general, during the 38th annual National Peace Officers Memorial Day service at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., May 15, 2019.Kevin Dietsch | Bloomberg | Getty Images

Apple was kept silent by a gag order that expired this year, according to the newspaper.

The Times' report came weeks after reports that the Trump administration had secretly obtained records from journalists at multiple news outlets.

"The politicization of the Department and the attacks on the rule of law are among the most dangerous assaults on our democracy carried out by the former President," Schiff's statement said.

"Though we were informed by the Department in May that this investigation is closed, I believe more answers are needed, which is why I believe the Inspector General should investigate this and other cases that suggest the weaponization of law enforcement by a corrupt president."

Swalwell in a statement Thursday night said he had also been told last month by Apple that his records had been turned over to the Trump administration "as part of a politically motivated investigation into his perceived enemies."

Swalwell said he backed Schiff's call for the DOJ inspector general to investigate.

"Like many of the world's most despicable dictators, former President Trump showed an utter disdain for our democracy and the rule of law," Swalwell's statement said.

"This kind of conduct is unacceptable, but unfortunately on brand for a president who has repeatedly shown he would cast aside our Constitution for his own personal gain."

In a statement, Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden, D-Ore., joined the calls for a full investigation, and said he plans to introduce legislation to increase transparency and reform the "abuse of gag orders."

"The current Justice Department needs to act with much greater urgency both to reveal abuses and ensure full accountability for those responsible," Wyden said.

Read the full report from The New York Times.

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It's finally here: Amazon Prime Day 2021 has launched. Lasting through Tuesday, June 22, the Amazon-created shopping holiday features deals on wireless headphones and earbuds, deals on streaming devices, deals on kitchen appliances such as the Instant Pot, deals on TVs and more -- there are even big deals on popular teeth whiteners. There are so many deals, in fact -- hundreds of thousands, per Amazon -- that it can be darn near impossible to keep track of them all.

Not to worry: CBS Essentials is here to help. We've found some of the biggest Prime Day deals across all product categories from the biggest and most popular brands on Amazon. Everything on the list below is well-reviewed as well. In other words: This stuff isn't junk.

Before you go shopping, know that you'll need to be an Amazon Prime member to participate in many of these Prime Day deals. If you're not a member, no problem: There are competing Prime Day sales at Walmart, Kohl's, Best Buy, Target and many other major retailers, some offering similar (if not the same) gadgets and appliances.

These deals are all slated to last through Tuesday, June 22 or while supplies last, so don't delay.

Echo Dot (4th generation) Amazon

The fourth-generation Echo Dot, released in 2020, is the newest (and best-selling) smart speaker from Amazon. It doesn't have a display screen, opting instead for an updated, spherical design.

More than just a music listening device, the Dot connects with all the other Alexa gadgets in the home, including other Echo Dots, so you can play music throughout the house simultaneously. It also controls smart home devices such as light bulbs, smart thermostats and locks.

The Echo Dot is half price for Prime Day, now available for just $25.

$25 at Amazon Toshiba 43-inch 1080p smart TV with Amazon Fire
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This 43-inch 1080p Amazon Fire smart TV, a 2020 model, is on sale for $100 off its list price for Amazon Prime Day. It includes an Alexa-enabled voice remote that allows for hands-free control.

$200 at Amazon Ring Video Doorbell Wired Amazon

This entry-level Ring video doorbell utilizes your existing doorbell wiring for power and connects to your home network via Wi-Fi. It doesn't have all the advanced features of high-end Ring models, but you do get the basics: 1080p live video, two-way talk, real-time notifications, night vision and Alexa compatibility. It won't work with your existing doorbell chime, but it will work with the Ring Chime, a $30 add-on chime box sold by Amazon.

The Ring Video Doorbell Wired normally retails for $60. You can get it for $45 through Prime Day, a discount of 25%.

$45 at Amazon Apple Airpods Pro Apple via Amazon

Walmart is throwing its own sale for Prime Day called Deals for Days, where it's offering Apple Airpods Pro for $189. The earbuds feature high-quality audio, active noise cancellation, 4.5 hours of listening on a single charge and a wireless charging case that extends listening time to 24 hours.

While it's not an advertised Prime Day deal, Amazon is currently matching that pricing. (Apple regularly sells them for $249.)

$189 at Amazon Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 Bose via Amazon

These 4.5-star-rated Bluetooth headphones from high-end brand Bose feature active noise cancellation (great for a distraction-free listening experience), IPX4 water resistance (protection against splashes) and touch controls. This pair makes a smart all-day listening option, boasting up to 20 hours of use on a single charge.

These Bose headphones are reduced to $230 through Tuesday, a $170 discount off list price.

$230 at Amazon Crest 3D White Professional Effects Whitestrips teeth whitening kit Crest via Amazon

This whitening kit from Crest, one of the most popular on Amazon, includes 20 treatments. It delivers noticeable results in 3 days and full results in 20 days (when used daily for 30 minutes a day). You don't need to take the packaging's word that it works, though -- Amazon reviewers rave about this 4.6-star-rated teeth whitening treatment.

This box of Crest 3D White Professional Effects Whitestrips is on sale right now for $28, more than 38% off its $48 pre-Prime Day price.

$28 at Amazon Amazon Fire HD 8 kids pro tablet Amazon

Designed specifically for kids ages 6 to 12, this sturdy tablet, now half off for people with an Amazon Prime membership, includes a free year of Amazon Kids+, a service that includes videos, Audible books, games, videos, apps and songs. An included app store allows kids to request apps that parents can approve and purchase. 

As for the hardware, good news there: There's a kid-friendly case included, along with a two-year guarantee, so if it breaks, you can return it and get a free replacement.

$70 at Amazon Instant Pot Duo Nova 7-in-1 pressure cooker (3 quart) Instant Pot via Amazon

Instant Pot says this is the best of their pressure cooker models for beginners. This 3-quart Instant Pot combines seven appliances in one, including pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, sauté pan, food warmer and yogurt maker. The interior cooking pot is dishwasher-safe, with no chemical coating.

The 3-quart Instant Pot Duo Nova 7-in-1 pressure cooker is $50 for Prime Day, a discount of 38% off its list price.

$50 at Amazon Instant Vortex Plus
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It's not just pressure cookers on sale for Amazon Prime Day: The 6-in-1 Instant Vortex Plus air fryer from Instant Pot is on sale for 30% off list price. The Vortex features customizable one-touch programs for air frying, roasting, broiling, dehydrating, baking and reheating. It holds up to 4 quarts of food and heats up to 400 degrees.

You can pick one up for $90 now through Tuesday, while supplies last.

$90 at Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K streaming device Amazon

Amazon's in-house streaming platform is Fire TV. This 4K device, originally released in 2018, will make any TV with an HDMI input into a smart TV capable of streaming shows on Disney+, Hulu, Netflix and more. It comes with an Alexa voice remote and supports Dolby Atmos audio.

Normally priced at $50, the 4K Fire TV Stick is on sale for $25 during Amazon Prime Day.

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