Prosecutors in the Trump administration Justice Department subpoenaed Apple for data from the accounts of House Intelligence Committee Democrats - including Chairman Adam Schiff - along with their staff and family members as part of a leak investigation, an Intelligence Committee official and a source familiar with the matter confirmed to CNN. We have seen this through the justice department by Donald Trump, whether it was the reason he was impeached for trying to go after vice president Biden at the time, or just other efforts, you know, through the Mueller investigation. Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) was the second member, according to spokeswoman Natalie Edelstein.
At least a dozen people linked to the Intelligence Committee had records seized between 2017 and early 2018, including Schiff, who at the time was the panel's top Democrat and now serves as its chairman, The Times reported, citing people briefed on the inquiry.
"I was notified.by Apple that they did seize my records". A source told The Times that Apple delivered metadata and account information, but not emails, photos, or other content.
"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 Times writes.
"It violates, I think, the separation of powers, but it also makes the Department of Justice a fully owned subsidiary of the president's personal legal interests", Schiff, who was targeted in the subpoena, said in an interview with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said in a statement that "these actions appear to be yet another egregious assault on our democracy" waged by the former President.
"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", Schiff said in a statement.
At the time, the Intelligence Committee was investigating Russian interference into the 2016 election and interviewing witnesses behind closed doors.
"The news about the politicization of the Trump Administration Justice Department is harrowing".
A spokesman for committee Republicans did not respond to questions about whether GOP members of the panel were similarly targeted or notified.
The DOJ was looking for the source of leaks regarding the Russian Federation investigation. After some of the information was declassified and made public during the later years of the Trump administration, there was concern among some of the prosecutors that even if they could bring a leak case, trying it would be hard and a conviction would be unlikely, one of the people said.
The full report on the subpoenas and the circumstances behind them can be read over at The New York Times. Following an outcry from press freedom organisations, the Justice Department announced last week that it would cease the practice of going after journalists' sourcing information.