Apple summoned by Donald Trump administration for lawmakers’ data: Report

The New York Times reported Thursday that the US Justice Department under former President Donald Trump sought data from the accounts of at least two Democrats on the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee to find Apple to find who was behind the leak of secret information. was.

The Times said records of at least a dozen people associated with the committee were seized in 2017 and early 2018, including Representative Adam Schiff, then the panel’s top Democrat and now its chairman.

The paper cited unnamed committee officials and two others briefed on the investigation for reports.

The Times said prosecutors under Jeff Sessions, the first attorney general in Trump’s Republican administration, were seeking to find the sources behind media reports about contacts between Trump aides and Russia.

“Ultimately, the data and other evidence did not link the committee to the leaks, and investigators debated whether they had hit a dead end and some even discussed closing the investigation,” the paper said.

The Times said, Apple only provided metadata and account information, not photos, emails or other content.

The Times said the Justice Department also seized Apple data from the accounts of committee associates and family members. It did not name any other member of the House other than Schiff.

Attorney General William Barr would restart the investigation in the years following Trump’s tenure, it said.

Schiff said in a statement to Reuters that the Justice Department informed the committee last month that the investigation had been closed.

“I believe more answers are needed, which is why I believe the Inspector General should investigate this and other cases that suggest a corrupt president arming law enforcement.” are,” Schiff said.

In a statement to Reuters, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, called the news “annoying” and said she supported Schiff’s call for an investigation.

The Times said the Justice Department “received a gag order on Apple that expired this year, according to a person familiar with the investigation, so lawmakers didn’t know they were being investigated until Apple told them last year.” Month not informed.”

The Justice Department and Apple did not immediately respond to Reuters requests for comment.

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