The US Justice Department underneath former President Donald Trump subpoenaed Apple for knowledge from the accounts of at the very least two Democrats on the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee in an try to seek out out who was behind leaks of categorized info, the New York Times reported on Thursday.
The data of at the very least a dozen individuals tied to the committee had been seized in 2017 and early 2018, together with these of Representative Adam Schiff, then the panel’s high Democrat and now its chairman, the Times stated.
The paper cited unnamed committee officers and two different individuals briefed on the inquiry for the report.
Prosecutors underneath Jeff Sessions, the primary lawyer basic in Trump’s Republican administration, had been searching for to seek out the sources behind media studies about contacts between Trump associates and Russia, the Times stated.
“Ultimately, the data and other evidence did not tie the committee to the leaks, and investigators debated whether they had hit a dead end and some even discussed closing the inquiry,” the paper stated.
Apple turned over solely metadata and account info, not pictures, emails or different content material, the Times stated.
The Justice Department additionally seized Apple knowledge from the accounts of committee aides and members of the family, the Times stated. It didn’t title another member of the House beside Schiff.
William Barr, lawyer basic in Trump’s latter years in workplace, revived the investigation, it stated.
Schiff stated in a press release to Reuters that the Justice Department had knowledgeable the committee final month that the investigation was 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,” Schiff stated.
In a press release to Reuters, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, referred to as the information “harrowing” and stated she supported Schiff’s name for an investigation.
The Times stated the Justice Department “secured a gag order on Apple that expired this year, according to a person familiar with the inquiry, so lawmakers did not know they were being investigated until Apple informed them last month.”
The Justice Department and Apple didn’t instantly reply to Reuters requests for remark.
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