Katie Benner and colleagues at NYT:
As the Justice Department investigated who was behind leaks of classified information early in the Trump administration, it took a highly unusual step: Prosecutors subpoenaed Apple for data from the accounts of at least two Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee, aides and family members. One was a minor.
All told, the records of at least a dozen people tied to the committee were seized in 2017 and early 2018, including those of Representative Adam B. Schiff of California, then the panel’s top Democrat and now its chairman, according to committee officials and two other people briefed on the inquiry. Representative Eric Swalwell of California said in an interview Thursday night that he had also been notified that his data had been subpoenaed.
Prosecutors, under the beleaguered attorney general, Jeff Sessions, were hunting for the sources behind news media reports about contacts between Trump associates and Russia. Ultimately, the data and other evidence did not tie the committee to the leaks, and investigators debated whether they had hit a dead end and some even discussed closing the inquiry.
But William P. Barr revived languishing leak investigations after he became attorney general a year later. He moved a trusted prosecutor from New Jersey with little relevant experience to the main Justice Department to work on the Schiff-related case and about a half-dozen others, according to three people with knowledge of his work who did not want to be identified discussing federal investigations.
.@SenKamalaHarris: Has the president or anyone at the White House ever asked or suggested you open an investigation into anyone?— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 1, 2019
BARR: ..... ah .....
HARRIS: Seems like something you should be able to answer
BARR: I don't know ....... pic.twitter.com/8FIqrGzSrm
It's one thing to view last night's bombshell NYT story about Trump's DOJ thru the perspective of an ex-president who's left the political stage for good.— Mark Murray (@mmurraypolitics) June 11, 2021
It's another to to look at it with Trump remaining the GOP's de-facto leader and 2024 frontrunner https://t.co/LyqMeHR0lR pic.twitter.com/SVobtdlwIL