Trump DOJ subpoenaed Apple for records of White House lawyer: report

Apple revealed to Don McGahn, a White House counsel under former President TrumpDonald TrumpNew Capitol Police chief to take over Friday Overnight Health Care: Biden officials says no change to masking guidance right now | Missouri Supreme Court rules in favor of Medicaid expansion | Mississippi's attorney general asks Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade Michael Wolff and the art of monetizing gossip MORE, that the company complied with a 2018 Department of Justice subpoena regarding information on an account of his, according to a New York Times report

Apple reportedly received the subpoena on Feb. 23, 2018, and turned over information to the government. It did not disclose to McGahn what information was turned over, and it isn't clear how the information would have been used, the Times noted, adding that Apple was not able to tell McGahn at the time.

McGahn’s wife also received "a similar notice" from Apple, the Times reported, though the report does not indicate why. 


A grand jury in the Eastern District of Virginia issued the subpoena, according to the newspaper. 

The revelation comes amid news first reported by the Times that former Attorneys General William BarrBill BarrTrump: Washington/Lincoln ticket would have had hard time beating me before pandemic Trump says Barr 'never' told him he thought he'd lose election Speeches aren't enough: Biden must ditch bipartisanship, endorse ending filibuster MORE and Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsDemocrat stalls Biden's border nominee Garland strikes down Trump-era immigration court rule, empowering judges to pause cases Unsealed documents detail Trump and Biden efforts on reporter records MORE had subpoenaed Apple for data on more than a dozen people, including two Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee, after they heard about leaks within the Trump administration. 

During an interview on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) bashed the Trump administration's use of subpoenas. 

"In terms of the data mining, what the Republicans did, what the administration did, the Justice Department under the leadership of the former president, goes even beyond Richard Nixon," Pelosi told host Dana BashDana BashKlobuchar: If Breyer is going to retire from Supreme Court, it should be sooner rather than later Sunday shows - Surgeon general in the spotlight as delta variant spreads Surgeon general: No 'value' to locking people up over marijuana use MORE.

The Hill has reached out to Apple and the Department of Justice for comment.