Trump Government Summoned Apple To Investigate Information Leaks: Reuters

  • The U.S. Justice Department (DOJ), under former President Donald Trump, had subpoenaed Apple Inc AAPL for data from the accounts of at least two Democrats on the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee to investigate classified information leaks, Reuters reported based on the New York Times.
  • The records of multiple people tied to the committee were seized in 2017 and early 2018, including Representative Adam Schiff.
  • Prosecutors under Jeff Sessions were looking for the sources behind media reports regarding Trump associate’s Russian contacts.
  • Apple had turned over only metadata and account information. The DOJ also seized Apple data from the accounts of committee aides and family members.
  • William Barr, attorney general in Trump’s latter years in office, reportedly revived the investigation.
  • The DOJ intimated the committee last month regarding the investigation’s closure, Schiff stated.
  • Schiff and Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi supported the investigation.
  • The DOJ’s gag order on Apple prevented the lawmakers from knowing that they were being investigated until Apple informed them last month.
  • Price action: AAPL shares traded higher by 0.33% at $126.53 in the premarket session on the last check Friday.
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