Former President Donald Trump's US Department of Justice assigned Apple Inc (AAPL.O) for data from accounts of at least two Democrats in the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee to find out who was behind the leaks of classified information, The New York Times reported Thursday.
The files of at least a dozen people linked to the committee were seized in 2017 and early 2018, including those of Representative Adam Schiff, then the panel's top Democrat and now its chairman, the Times said.
The document quotes committee officials anonymous and two other people briefed on the investigation for the report.
Prosecutors under Jeff Sessions, the first attorney general in the Republican administration of Trump, were seeking sources behi nd media reports on contacts between Trump associates and Russia, the Times said.
"En Ultimately, the data and other evidence did not link the committee to the leaks, and investigators debated whether they were at an impasse and some even discussed closing the investigation " ,the newspaper said.
Apple only handed over the data and account information, no photos, emails or emails. 'other content, the Times said.
The Justice Department also seized Apple data on the accounts of committee assistants and members of the family, the Time said. He didn 't name any other member of the House besides Schiff.
William Barr, attorney general in Trump's later years, revived the 'investigation, he said.
Schiff said in a statement to Hfrance.fr that the Justice Department informed the committee last month that the 'investigation was closed.
"I think more answers are needed, that ' s why I think the Inspector General should investigate this case and others that suggest the militarization of the applaws by a corrupt president "said Schiff.
In a statement to Hfrance.fr, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat , called the news "heartbreaking " and said it supported Schiff 's call for an investigation.
The Times said the Justice Department "obtained a gag order on Apple that expired this year, according to a person familiar with the investigation, so lawmakers were unaware they were the subject of 'an investigation until Apple informed them last month. "
The DOJ and Apple did not not immediately responded to requests for comments from Hfrance.fr.
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