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According To Reports, Apple Informed Ex-White House Counsel That The Trump DOJ Requested His Records In 2018.
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According To Reports, Apple Informed Ex-White House Counsel That The Trump DOJ Requested His Records In 2018.


The New York Times and CNN reported Sunday that Apple informed former White House counsel Don McGahn and his wife last month that the Justice Department had requested their records in February 2018, while McGahn was still serving as then-President Donald Trump's top lawyer.

According to two people briefed on the matter, the US government barred Apple from informing McGahn about the move at the time, and the Justice Department's move to subpoena information about McGahn and his wife was subject to a nondisclosure order until May.

The reported disclosure by Apple reveals the Justice Department's extraordinary move to subpoena the records of a then-current White House counsel.

McGahn had reportedly fallen out of favor with Trump weeks before his records were subpoenaed for refusing to direct DOJ officials to fire then-special prosecutor Robert Mueller, who was leading the department's investigation into Russian election meddling in 2016.

The reported disclosure by Apple reveals the Justice Department's extraordinary move to subpoena the records of a then-current White House counsel.

There is no indication whether the pursuit of McGahn's records was political in nature, or which investigation they may have been related to; a source told CNN that Mueller's team was not behind the subpoena.

McGahn is one of several top officials whose records were secretly obtained by the Trump Justice Department as part of its investigation into the source of leaks related to the Russia investigation. Earlier this week, two House Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee said they had been notified that their data had been subpoenaed as part of the DOJ's investigation.

According to the Times, at least a dozen people connected to the committee, including aides and relatives of committee members, had their records subpoenaed in 2017 and 2018. One of them was a minor.

The subpoenas, according to White House spokesman Andrew Bates, are a stunning abuse of power.

“The only loyalty an attorney general should have is to the rule of law — never to politics,” Bates told The Associated Press.

Former Attorneys General Jeff Sessions and William Barr have been called to testify on the issue by top congressional Democrats.

This is a developing story, so please return for updates.

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