An FBI warrant was served onto Apple which is seeking the iCloud data of Senator Richard Burr which has also led to the seizure of his iPhone. According to the report from the Los Angeles Times, the Senator in question is being investigated for selling a significant number of his stock portfolio on February 13th which appears that 33 different trades were made on the basis of information the Senator received about the Coronavirus pandemic in daily briefings to the Senate Intelligence Committee which he’s the chair.
According to estimates, the trade value is thought of to be within the regions of US$628,000 and US$1.72 million. Another Senator Kelly Loeffler is also under scrutiny for such similar dealings.
According to the report, FBI agents served a warrant on Apple “in recent days” in order to obtain information from Senator Burr’s iCloud account. Upon execution of this warrant, the data found was used as evidence for a further warrant to obtain the Senator’s iPhone, which he duly handed over.
As the Los Angeles Times reports:
Federal agents seized a cellphone belonging to a prominent Republican senator on Wednesday night as part of the Justice Department’s investigation into controversial stock trades he made as the novel coronavirus first struck the U.S., a law enforcement official said. Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, turned over his phone to agents after they served a search warrant on the lawmaker at his residence in the Washington area, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss a law enforcement action.