- US Department of Justice under former President Donald Trump summoned to court Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) to retrieve data from the accounts of at least two Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee to investigate classified information leaks, Reuters reports based on the New York Times.
- The records of several people associated with the committee were seized in 2017 and early 2018, including spokesman Adam Schiff.
- Prosecutors, led by Jeff Sessions, have searched for sources behind media reports of a Trump associate’s Russian contacts.
- Apple only passed metadata and account information. The Justice Department also removed Apple data from the accounts of committee aides and family members.
- It is reported that William Barr, the attorney general during the last years of Trump’s rule, has reopened the investigation.
- The Justice Department informed the committee last month that the investigation was closed, Schiff said.
- Schiff and Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi supported the investigation.
- The Justice Department’s ruling to annul Apple did not let lawmakers know they were being investigated until Apple informed them last month.
- Price action: AAPL shares traded 0.33% higher at $ 126.53 in premarket last Friday.
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