Former President Donald Trump’s Justice Department cited data from Apple belonging to a pair of House Democrats – and at least a dozen people with ties to them – as it examined cases leaked classified information, The New York Times reported Thursday.
The files extracted included those of Representative Adam Schiff, D-Calif., Who at the time was the leading Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, The Times reported, citing committee officials and two others. informed of the investigation.
At least one other Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee and at least 12 people with ties to the committee had their cases withdrawn in 2017 and 2018, sources told the outlet.
Although the documents do not link any committee member to the leaks, three sources told The Times that Attorney General William Barr had ordered Schiff-related investigations to continue.
The Justice Department also reportedly obtained a gag order preventing Apple from alerting lawmakers. These orders recently expired.
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The investigations were aimed at identifying those who disclosed classified national security information during the Trump administration.
It was also recently revealed that the files of several journalists were secretly obtained in order to reveal their confidential sources.
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In a statement in response to the report on Thursday, Schiff said Donald Trump attempted to use the Justice Department as “a stick against his political opponents and members of the media.”
“The politicization of the department and attacks on the rule of law are among the most dangerous attacks on our democracy carried out by the former president,” Schiff said in a statement. “Although the ministry informed us in May of the closure of this investigation, I think more responses 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. “
An Apple spokesperson did not respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
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