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Apple admits to turning data on Trump’s white house council in 2018

Apple has been growing exponentially and becoming one of the highest valued companies of all time. The company is well known for their phones and even their computers that have changed the world. However recently it was uncovered that the Justice Department subpoenaed Apple for information in February 2018 about an account that belonged to Donald F. McGahn II, President Donald J. Trump’s White House counsel at the time, and barred the company from telling him about it, according to two people briefed on the matter.

Apple told Mr. McGahn about the subpoena last month, said one of the people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the matter. Mr. McGahn’s wife also received a similar notice from Apple. It still is not clear whether the F.B.I agents were investigating. However it is still surprising that the white house council was able to get recorded without notice for so long. This was apparently this was because of the Russian interference investigation at the time.

Mr. McGahn was in contact with numerous people who may have drawn attention either as part of the Russia investigation or a later leak inquiry. There were also reports of the Trump administration seizing personal data from reporters and Democrats in congress with phone companies.

Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill on Sunday ratcheted up pressure on the Justice Department and former officials to provide a fuller accounting of events. They called on the head of the Justice Department’s national security division, John C. Demers, and the former deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, to testify before Congress along with the former attorneys general Jeff Sessions and William P. Barr.

Even though Apple had told Mr. McGahn about the subpoena they declined to leave any comments on what information was given. This was allowed since under federal law, prosecutors generally need to obtain permission from a federal judge in order to compel a company like Apple to delay notifying people that their personal information has been subpoenaed.

Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/13/us/politics/justice-department-apple-donald-mcgahn.html

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