The New York Times continues to break new revelations in the subpoena scandal involving Trump’s Department of Justice. Aside from top Democrats like Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell, Trump ordered William Barr to obtain the private digital information of a member of his own administration.
According to the Times, Apple just last month told Don McGahn, Trump’s former White House counsel, that the Justice Department had subpoenaed information about an account that belonged to him in February 2018, and that the government barred the company from telling him at the time. McGahn’s wife received a similar notice from Apple as well.
The Times’ report says it’s not yet clear what FBI agents were looking for, nor whether McGahn was their specific target. Agents will often put together a comprehensive list of phone numbers and email addresses that were in contact with a particular subject of an investigation. They occasionally take it a step further and seek to identify all those people by using subpoenas to communications companies for any account information like names, computer addresses, or credit card numbers associated with them.
NEW: DOJ secretly subpoenaed Apple for personal info of Trump's then WH counsel Don McGahn and his wife in Feb '18. DOJ barred Apple from telling them at time but 3 years later in May '21 Apple told them. It's unclear what investigation it was related to. https://t.co/bqZAycoIo4
— Michael S. Schmidt (@nytmike) June 13, 2021
Apple told Mr. McGahn that it complied with the subpoena in a timely fashion but declined to tell him what it provided the government, according to the article in the Times. Justice Department policy allows gag orders for subpoenas, which may be renewed for up to a year at a time, suggesting that prosecutors went to court several times to prevent Apple from notifying the McGahns and the other subjects of the DOJ subpoenas earlier.
So I’m supposed to believe Rod Rosenstein signed off on Carter Page warrants but didn’t know about investigations into Schiff, Swalwell, and McGahn? Mmmmmkay.
— Mueller, She Wrote (@MuellerSheWrote) June 13, 2021
Read the full New York Times report here.