The US Department of Justice seized from Apple during Donald Trump's presidency data from two Democratic parliamentarians concerning the House of Representatives' Intelligence Committee as well as their collaborators and members of their families, according to the report. New York Times.
Summons to obtain the communication of these data targeted Adam Schiff, representative of California and at the time the main Democratic member of this commission which he currently chairs, reported Thursday the American daily.
The seizures came in 2017 and early 2018, as the department investigated leaks of classified information about contacts between the Trump administration and the Russian government, the newspaper continued.
Representative Eric Swalwell told CNN on Thursday that he was the second Democratic representative on the commission targeted.
I have been notified (…) by Apple that they have entered my data. It's bad, he said.
According to New York Times, prosecutors in the Justice Department then headed by Jeff Sessions made unusual efforts to find the source of the leaks.
They targeted the data of parliamentarians as well as their staff and families, including a minor, because, according to the newspaper, they believed they were using the devices of their collaborators or their children to hide contacts with journalists. .
Finally, none of the data collected or other evidence allowed to link the parliamentarians or the intelligence committee to these leaks, specifies the daily. But the investigation was relaunched a year later by Justice Secretary Bill Barr.
The Justice Department and Apple have yet to comment on this information. Such data entry is rare outside of corruption investigations.
A demanded investigation
Mr Schiff, without confirming that he was the target of the investigation, called for investigations by the Inspector General of the Department of Justice on
this and other cases which suggest an instrumentalisation of law enforcement by a corrupt president.
tried to use the department as a baton against political opponents and members of the media, said Mr. Schiff in a statement.
It is increasingly clear that these requests have not fallen on deaf ears.
Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic Speaker of the House of Representatives, also called for investigations, calling it
appalling article from New York Times in a press release.
these actions appear to be yet another blatant assault on our democracy launched by the former president.
The Justice Department had imposed a nondisclosure directive on Apple, which expired this year, and lawmakers were not aware of the investigations until the IT group notified them last month, according to the New York Times.
Adam Schiff, who brought the case for Donald Trump's first impeachment request in late 2019-early 2020, has long been fighting the former Republican president, a man
dangerous according to him.
After two impeachment trials and his electoral failure for a second term, Mr. Trump returned to the stage last week with his first televised speech in months.
The former president, who left the White House on January 20, once again touched on the idea of a candidacy in 2024.
The House of Representatives first voted impeachment proceedings in 2019 against him for asking Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden's son. The Senate acquitted him in February 2020.
Mr Trump was the subject of a second impeachment proceeding in January, accused of encouraging his supporters to storm the Capitol on January 6, as congressional officials certify the victory of his rival Democrat Joe Biden in the presidential election. In February, the Senate acquitted him again.