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- Trump's Justice Department seized records from Apple that belonged to Democrats in Congress.
- Members of the House Intel Committee, including Rep. Adam Schiff, were targeted, along with their families and staffers.
- The DOJ was looking for the source of leaks regarding the Russia investigation.
While searching for the source of leaked intelligence regarding the Russia investigation, Trump's Justice Department seized records from Apple belonging to Democrats in Congress,reported Thursday.
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A grand jury subpoenaed Apple for communications data belonging to people surrounding the House Intelligence Committee. A source told The Times that Apple delivered metadata and account information, but not emails, photos, or other content.
The records belonged to members of the House Intelligence Committee, including Rep. Adam Schiff of California, as well as their staffers and families, including one minor, The Times reported, and records of at least 12 people were obtained in 2017 and 2018.
Schiff served as the committee's ranking member at the time. He now serves as chairman.
The Times reported that officials were looking for the source of leaked information concerning Trump allies' communications with Russia, but that the records did not connect the leaks to the committee.
Trump DOJ seized data from House Democrats in leaks probe
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department under former President Donald Trump seized data from the accounts of at least two members of the House Intelligence Committee in 2018 as part of an aggressive crackdown on leaks related to the Russia investigation and other national security matters, according to a committee official and two people familiar with the investigation. Prosecutors from Trump’s Justice Department subpoenaed Apple for the data, according to the people, who were granted anonymity to discuss the secret seizures first reported by The New York Times.
The probe into the records began under Attorney General Jeff Sessions and was revived under his successor, Bill Barr, sources told The Times.
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.
In a statement provided to Insider, Schiff blasted former President Donald Trump for targeting committee members and called for an investigation.
"President Trump repeatedly and flagrantly demanded that the Department of Justice carry out his political will, and tried to use the Department as a cudgel against his political opponents and members of the media," he said. "The politicization of the Department and the attacks on the rule of law are among the most dangerous assaults on our democracy carried out by the former President."
Watchdog will investigate Trump DOJ leak subpoenas against Congress and reporters
The Department of Justice's top watchdog announced it is looking into recent revelations that the DOJ sought subpoenas against Democratic members of Congress and reporters as part of the investigation into alleged leaks of classified information to the media. © Provided by Washington Examiner The office for Michael Horowitz announced the new watchdog investigation on Friday.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosithe revelation "harrowing" and also called for an investigation.
A representative for Apple declined to comment, The Times said.
The news comes on the heels of recent disclosures that thein an attempt to identify their sources, a move that was widely panned by press freedom advocates, but that has been used in past administrations as well.
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