© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Former U.S. President Donald Trump pauses while speaking at the North Carolina GOP convention dinner in Greenville, North Carolina, U.S. June 5, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A White House official said on Friday reports that the U.S. Justice Department under former President Donald Trump sought Democratic lawmakers’ phone records as part of a leak probe were appalling and an example of abuse of power.