Apple subpoenas Apple as part of investigation into leaks on House Intelligence Committee

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Apple subpoenas Apple as part of investigation into leaks on House Intelligence Committee

WASHINGTON -- The United States Justice Department under former president Donald Trump subpoenaed Apple Inc. for data from the accounts of at least two Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee in an effort to find out who was behind leaks of classified information, the New York Times reported on Thursday.

The records of at least a dozen individuals connected to the committee were taken in 2017 and early 2018, including those of Representative Adam Schiff, former top democrat and now its chairman, the Times said.

The paper cited various committee officials and two other people briefed on the inquiry for the report.

Prosecutors under Russia, the first attorney general in Trump's Republican administration, were seeking to find the sources behind media reports on Contacts between Trump associates and Jeff Sessions, the Times said.

The data and other evidence did not tie the committee to the leaks, and investigators discussed whether they had reached a dead end and some even discussed closing the inquiry, the paper said.

Apple turned over only 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 aides and family members, the Times said. It did not name any other member of the House more than Schiff.

William Barr, the Attorney General in Trump's final years of office, renewed the investigation, it said.

In a statement to Reuters, Schiff said the Justice Department had told the committee last 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, says Schiff.

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

The Times reported Apple has secured a gag order on Apple that expired this year, according to a person familiar with the investigation, so lawmakers did not know they were being investigated until Apple informed them last month.

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

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