US DOJ secretly seized Apple data from US Representative Schiff and US House Intel Committee aides and family members following subpoena amid Donald Trump’s obsession over leaks
Justice Department prosecutors seized metadata records from Apple for accounts belonging to Rep. Adam Schiff and other members of the House Intelligence Committee with secret subpoenas, it has been reported.
Prosecutors investigating the leaks of classified information from early in the Trump administration subpoenaed Apple and seized the data of at least a dozen people tied to the committee in 2017 and early 2018, officials told The New York Times.
The Justice Department even secured a gag order against Apple preventing them from telling the lawmakers they were being investigated, sources told the outlet. The gag order finally expired this year and Apple told the committee members that they were investigated last month.
The investigators, who worked under then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions, discussed if the Justice Department should close its investigation into the leaks of the classified information to the press.
Justice Department prosecutors seized metadata records from Apple for accounts belonging to Rep. Adam Schiff, pictured, and other members of the House Intelligence Committee
Sessions, 74, was ultimately forced out as Attorney General and replaced by William Barr – who revived attempts to investigate Schiff and his alleged connection to information leaks, The New York Times reported.
Barr even moved a New Jersey prosecutor to the main Justice Department offices to work on the case related to Schiff and about six others, sources told the outlet.
Prosecutors also subpoenaed records from news reporters in an attempt to identify their confidential sources, The a move that department policy allows only after all other avenues of inquiry are exhausted.
The revelations show the extent of Trump’s obsession over leaks and the extraordinary lengths his administration would go through to investigate them.
The Justice Department routinely investigates leaks of classified information though officials noted to The New York Times that they could not recall any time when a lawmaker’s records had been seized.