The Justice Department subpoenaed and seized data from Apple and another internet service provider on the communications of at least two Democratic members of Congress in 2017 and 2018, The New York Times reports.
The Democrats were both on the House Intelligence Committee, and one, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), was its chair; the other was not identified in the report. Donald Trump’s administration took the extraordinary step while investigating leaks of classified information early on in his term.
Federal officials even went so far as to subpoena the iPhone maker for communications data on the aides and family members of the two Democrats, including a minor. All in all, according to the Times, the DOJ under both Attorneys General Jeff Sessions and William Barr requisitioned data on a dozen people connected to the Democrats on the committee.