Former President Donald Trump’s U.S. Department of Justice is calling on Apple for data from the accounts of at least two Democrats in the House Intelligence Commission’s intelligence commission in an attempt to find out who is behind the leak, classified by the New York Times on Thursday.
The records of at least a dozen people tied to the committee were seized in 2017 and early 2018, including those of Representative Adam Schiff, the then top Democrat in the panel and now its chairman, writes the Times.
The newspaper referred to unnamed commission officials and two other people familiar with the request for the report.
Prosecutors from Jeff Sessions, the first attorney general in the Republican administration of Trump, sought to find the sources behind the media reports of contacts between Trump aides and Russia, the Times reported.
“Ultimately, the data and other evidence do not link the commission to the leaks, and investigators are discussing whether they are at a dead end, and some are even discussing ending the investigation,” the newspaper said.
Apple passed only metadata and account information, not photos, emails or other content, writes Times.
The Justice Department also seized Apple’s data from the accounts of commission aides and family members, the Times reported. It did not nominate any other Member of Parliament besides Schiff.
William Barr, Trump’s attorney general in recent years, has revived the investigation, the statement said.
Schiff told Reuters that the Ministry of Justice informed the commission last month that the investigation was over.
“I believe that more answers are needed, which is why I believe that the Inspector General should investigate this and other cases that involve law enforcement weapons by a corrupt president,” Schiff said.
In a statement to Reuters, Parliament Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, called the news “painful” and said she supported Schiff’s call for an investigation.
The Times said the Justice Department had secured an order to close 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. . “
The Justice Department and Apple did not immediately respond to Reuters’ requests for comment.
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