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Collins Requests Data from Apple After Reports of Mueller Team Wiping iPhones

Sep 15, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) today wrote a letter to Apple’s Chief Executive Officer, Tim Cook, requesting information regarding the iPhone feature that wipes phone data after a certain number of failed passcode attempts. This request comes after the Department of Justice publicly released documents indicating several attorneys and staff working on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team wiped the entirety of data on their government-issued iPhones shortly before many of the phones were scheduled to be turned in.

"From the events described in the DOJ-released documents, it seems to be no coincidence that so many of Mueller’s staff members’ iPhones were wiped due to a forgotten passcode right before turning them in,” Collins said. “If my instinct is correct – that these individuals intentionally subverted potential efforts to investigate their actions during the Mueller investigation – it leads inquiring minds to wonder: what evidence was so damning that they felt the need to destroy it?"

As Collins points out, at least 27 iPhones were reported to be wiped of their data, and over a dozen of these were reported as being wiped “on accident” due to the user entering an incorrect password too many times.

"It would be truly shocking if the attorneys chosen to investigate the President of United States – arguably the Democrats’ “best and brightest” lawyers – could manage to inadvertently wipe their government-issued iPhones because they spent hours entering an incorrect passcode to a phone they had used for over a year,” he continued.

To read the full letter, click here