During the investigation into the leaks of confidential information in the early days of the Trump administration, the United States Department of Justice sued Apple for having the account metadata of at least two Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee.
As reported by the New York Times, to Apple was also asked to provide details of deputies’ aides and family members, with the Justice Department requesting the records of at least a dozen people linked to the committee between 2017 and early 2018. One of the Democrats was Adam Schiff, who now serves as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.
Apple was then sued by prosecutors under Jeff Sessions during the early days of the Trump administration. According to the latest information, Apple provided the metadata at the time and “other information on the required accounts “, but did not share photos, emails or other content. The information provided by Apple did not connect the committee to leaks related to alleged aid from Russia to get Trump elected.
The Department of Justice also issued a secrecy order, so Apple was unable to notify stakeholders and the press until May 2021. Now, all documents have been declassified by the Biden administration.