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Trump’s Justice Department assigned Apple in 2018 to obtain the metadata of at least two Democratic members of the House Intelligence Committee, as well as their current and former staff, and even their families, including a minor, a committee official told NPR’s Ryan Lucas. .
The story was first reported by the report of The New York Times. The summons was part of an effort to find the source of the leaked classified information in the early years of the Trump administration. Ultimately, the data did not link the committee to the leaks.
Apple informed the committee that the metadata was seized after a gag order was lifted on the case in May 2021. The committee contacted Biden’s Department of Justice, who informed them that the investigation had been close, said the head of the committee.
The Justice Department declined to comment.
Congressman Adam Schiff, the Californian Democrat who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, confirmed that he was informed last month by the Department of Justice that an investigation into his committee had been closed.
Congressman Eric Swalwell, a Democrat from California who sits on the panel, told CNN he was told his data had been entered.
The House Intelligence Committee then played a pivotal role in the impeachment inquiry into President Trump’s relations with Russia. Trump was ultimately impeached by the House as a result of this investigation.
Schiff, in a statement, said the revelation was another example of the Justice Department’s politicization under Trump, adding that he had called for an investigation into the investigation.
“I think more answers are needed, which is why I think the Inspector General should investigate this case and others that suggest the militarization of law enforcement by a corrupt president,” he said. -he declares.
News of the subpoena comes after it emerged that Trump’s Justice Department had secretly seized the phone records of reporters from the Time, the Washington post and CNN in 2020.