The U.S. Justice Division beneath former President Donald Trump subpoenaed Apple Inc for information from the accounts of not less than two Democrats on the Home of Representatives Intelligence Committee in an try to seek out out who was behind leaks of categorized data, the New York Occasions reported on Thursday.
WASHINGTON: The U.S. Justice Division beneath former President Donald Trump subpoenaed Apple Inc for information from the accounts of not less than two Democrats on the Home of Representatives Intelligence Committee in an try to seek out out who was behind leaks of categorized data, the New York Occasions reported on Thursday.
The information of not less than a dozen individuals tied to the committee have been seized in 2017 and early 2018, together with these of Consultant Adam Schiff, then the panel’s high Democrat and now its chairman, the Occasions stated.
The paper cited unnamed committee officers and two different individuals briefed on the inquiry for the report.
Prosecutors beneath Jeff Periods, the primary lawyer common in Trump’s Republican administration, have been in search of to seek out the sources behind media experiences about contacts between Trump associates and Russia, the Occasions stated.
“In the end, the information and different proof didn’t tie the committee to the leaks, and investigators debated whether or not they had hit a lifeless finish and a few even mentioned closing the inquiry,” the paper stated.
Apple turned over solely metadata and account data, not pictures, emails or different content material, the Occasions stated.
The Justice Division additionally seized Apple information from the accounts of committee aides and members of the family, the Occasions stated. It didn’t title every other member of the Home beside Schiff.
William Barr, lawyer common in Trump’s latter years in workplace, revived the investigation, it stated.
Schiff stated in a press release to Reuters that the Justice Division had knowledgeable the committee final month that the investigation was closed.
“I imagine extra solutions are wanted, which is why I imagine the Inspector Normal ought to examine this and different circumstances that counsel the weaponization of regulation enforcement by a corrupt president,” Schiff stated.
In a press release to Reuters, Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, known as the information “harrowing” and stated she supported Schiff’s name for an investigation.
The Occasions stated the Justice Division “secured a gag order on Apple that expired this yr, based on an individual aware of the inquiry, so lawmakers didn’t know they have been being investigated till Apple knowledgeable them final month.”
The Justice Division and Apple didn’t instantly reply to Reuters requests for remark.
(Reporting by Mohammad Zargham and Eric Beech; Modifying by Leslie Adler)