The Times also reported that prosecutors had struggled to develop information linking intelligence committee members or their aides to the leaks, but Mr Barr, after being sworn in in 2019, objected to the closure of the ‘investigation. The case was ultimately dismissed without charge.
A person close to Mr Sessions said he was also unaware that the Justice Department had subpoenaed data belonging to members of the House Intelligence Committee, their staff and their families. At the time, investigators were trying to identify the source of the leaks regarding the Russia investigation; Mr Sessions has been recused from most Russia-related matters after speaking with the Russian ambassador during the 2016 campaign.
Rod J. Rosenstein, Mr. Sessions’ deputy, who has handled cases from which the attorney general has recused himself, declined to comment.
In this case, Intelligence Committee affiliates only learned of the full extent of the review in May, after a gag order against Apple expired, and the company notified those whose data had been transmitted in accordance with subpoenas.
But there were also earlier signs of activity. The FBI interviewed Michael Bahar, a former staff member of the House Intelligence Committee, in the spring of 2020, according to current and former government officials.
A copy of the summons to Microsoft reviewed by The Times shows the department was looking for documents dating back to April 2016 that may have linked the committee head to particular accounts, such as information about who was using the account, with what devices, how. they were. login, where and when, and other subscriber information provided to Microsoft during account setup.
A Microsoft spokesperson confirmed on Friday that it had received the subpoena but had also been subject to a gag order for more than two years that prevented the company from notifying the aide of the capture.
Katie benner contributed reports.