The US Justice Division underneath former President Donald Trump subpoenaed Apple for knowledge from the accounts of a minimum of two Democrats on the Home of Representatives Intelligence Committee in an try to search out out who was behind leaks of categorized data, the New York Instances reported on Thursday.
The information of a minimum of 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 prime Democrat and now its chairman, the Instances mentioned.
The paper cited unnamed committee officers and two different individuals briefed on the inquiry for the report.
Prosecutors underneath Jeff Classes, the primary lawyer common in Trump’s Republican administration, have been looking for to search out the sources behind media experiences about contacts between Trump associates and Russia, the Instances mentioned.
“Finally, the info 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 mentioned.
Apple turned over solely metadata and account data, not pictures, emails or different content material, the Instances mentioned.
The Justice Division additionally seized Apple knowledge from the accounts of committee aides and members of the family, the Instances mentioned. It didn’t identify some other member of the Home beside Schiff.
William Barr, lawyer common in Trump’s latter years in workplace, revived the investigation, it mentioned.
Schiff mentioned in a press release to Reuters that the Justice Division had knowledgeable the committee final month that the investigation was closed.
“I consider extra solutions are wanted, which is why I consider the Inspector Normal ought to examine this and different circumstances that counsel the weaponization of legislation enforcement by a corrupt president,” Schiff mentioned.
In a press release to Reuters, Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, referred to as the information “harrowing” and mentioned she supported Schiff’s name for an investigation.
The Instances mentioned the Justice Division “secured a gag order on Apple that expired this 12 months, in line with an individual conversant in 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.
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