Trump Administration Subpoenaed Apple for Data on Two House Intelligence Committee Democrats

Trump Justice Department seized records of House Democrats as it searched for leakers: report

In a statement to Reuters, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, called the news "harrowing" and said she supported Schiff's call for an investigation. It did not name any other member of the House beside Schiff.

"From my first days as part of the Russian Federation investigation, I expected that eventually, someone would attempt this - I just wasn't sure if it would be a hostile government or my own", Quigley said.

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The statement from Schumer and Durbin is in response to reports Thursday night that the Justice Department in 2018 secretly subpoenaed Apple for the data of two Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam B. Schiff (Calif.) and Rep. Eric Swalwell (Calif.), as well as the data of their current and former staffers and family members.

Prosecutors from Trump's Justice Department subpoenaed Apple for the data, said a committee official and two other people with inside knowledge.

The Justice Department obtained metadata - probably records of calls, texts and locations - but not other content from the devices, like photos, messages or emails, according to one of the people.


One of the family members targeted was a minor, the paper reported. Why would it be perhaps unprecedented, at least very unusual thing for a member of Congress to have records like this seized by a Justice Department? Another said that Apple complied with the subpoena, providing the information to the Justice Department, and did not immediately notify the members of Congress or the committee about the disclosure. He now serves as chairman. Swalwell, confirming that he was told his records were seized, told CNN on Thursday night that he was aware a minor was involved and believed that person was "targeted punitively and not for any reason in law".

"Ultimately, the data and other evidence did not tie the committee to the leaks, and investigators debated whether they had hit a dead end and some even discussed closing the inquiry", the paper said. Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions began the inquiry, and it was revived under his successor, William Barr.

The department also successfully restricted Apple from making their records requests public, so the targeted lawmakers were unaware they were being examined until Apple informed them last month after the gag order expired.

The House of Representatives impeached Trump in 2019 for pressuring Ukraine to investigate his political opponents, dangling military aid to Ukraine and a White House visit in return. "These actions appear to be yet another egregious assault on our democracy waged by the former president".

Apple notified some members of the committee last month that their information had been included, a committee official confirmed to NBC News. David Laufman, a former Justice Department official who worked on leak investigations, told the Times that Trump had "an unmistakeable vendetta against Congressman Schiff", and this "raises serious questions about whether the manner in which this investigation was conducted was influenced by political considerations rather than purely legal ones".

There's no indication that the Justice Department used the records to prosecute anyone.

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