Trump administration subpoenaed Apple for lawmakers' data

Brunilde Fioravanti
Giugno 11, 2021

The Justice Department declined to comment.

While the records did not link any members of the committee to the leaks, three sources told the Times that Attorney General William Barr directed that the Schiff-related investigations continue.

The DOJ was looking for the source of leaks regarding the Russian Federation investigation.

While searching for the source of leaked intelligence regarding the Russian Federation investigation, Trump's Justice Department seized records from Apple belonging to Democrats in Congress, The New York Times reported Thursday.

A grand jury subpoenaed Apple for communications data belonging to people surrounding the House Intelligence Committee. Apple did not send information on the content of the communications such as photos, emails, or text messages, only metadata and account information, the Times reports. He now serves as chairman.

"The news that the Trump Justice Department was weaponized against Members of Congress, their aides, and their family members through this surveillance shows again how little President Trump and former Attorneys General Sessions and Barr respected our democratic institutions, we need to strengthen the guardrails of our democracy to prevent anything like this from happening again in the future", he said in a statement to The Daily Beast.

"Prosecutors, under the beleaguered attorney general, Jeff Sessions, were hunting for the sources behind news media reports about contacts between Trump associates and Russian Federation".

Of note: The DOJ obtained a gag order on Apple that expired earlier this year, a person familiar with the inquiry told the Times, so lawmakers were unaware of the investigation until the tech giant informed them in May.

In a statement provided to Insider, Schiff blasted former President Donald Trump for targeting committee members and called for an investigation.

"I think that the most important thing or the biggest sort of - one of the more fundamental problems with the entire episode is that this is what Donald Trump wanted, and this is why legal experts and people on both sides of the aisle say that the president of the United States should not weigh in about criminal investigations, and he should not talk about using the Justice Department to target a rival because if the Justice Department does something, it is seen immediately through that lens".

"The politicization of the Department and the attacks on the rule of law are among the most risky assaults on our democracy carried out by the former President", Schiff said in a statement. "The politicization of the Department and the attacks on the rule of law are among the most risky assaults on our democracy carried out by the former President", he said. Times executive editor Dean Baquet said the incursion "profoundly undermines press freedom".

It was also recently revealed that the records of several journalists were secretly obtained in an effort to reveal their confidential sources.

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