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

Apple revealed to Don McGahn, a White House counsel under former President TrumpDonald TrumpUkraine's president compares UN to 'a retired superhero' Collins to endorse LePage in Maine governor comeback bid Heller won't say if Biden won election 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 BarrWoodward: Milley was 'setting in motion sensible precautions' with calls to China Barr-Durham investigation again fails to produce a main event Virginia governor's race enters new phase as early voting begins MORE and Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsOvernight Hillicon Valley — Apple issues security update against spyware vulnerability Stanford professors ask DOJ to stop looking for Chinese spies at universities in US Overnight Energy & Environment — Democrats detail clean electricity program 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 BashManchin suggests pausing talks on .5 trillion package until 2022: report House is no easy road for Biden, Democrats on .5T package Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Manchin: key energy provision of spending package 'makes no sense' MORE.

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