DOJ's Secretive Twitter Warrant In Trump Probe Reveals Shocking Details

Written By BlabberBuzz | Thursday, 30 November 2023 05:15
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The Department of Justice (DOJ) unveiled a search warrant on Monday, issued for the Twitter account of former President Donald Trump.

The warrant was procured by Special Counsel Jack Smith in January as part of his probe into Trump's purported efforts to reverse the 2020 election outcome. The 14-page document, however, had more than half of its content redacted.

Twitter, now known as X under the leadership of CEO Elon Musk, initially resisted prosecutors' attempts to access Trump's account. The social media giant cited issues with the accompanying nondisclosure order, which barred X from disclosing the warrant's existence or its contents. Despite its initial resistance, X eventually yielded to the prosecutors' demands, resulting in a contempt charge and a $350,000 fine.

The warrant demanded, "To the extent that the information described in Attachment A is within the possession, custody, or control of Twitter, regardless of whether such information is located within or outside of the United States, and including any emails, records, files, logs, or information that has been deleted but is still available to Twitter, or has been preserved pursuant to a request made under 18 U.S.C. § 2703(f), Twitter is required to disclose the following information to the Government."

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The heavily redacted document indicates that the prosecutors sought access to a wide range of information. This included the tweets Trump posted between October 2020 and January 2021, accounts he had blocked, his direct messages, followers, likes, retweets, location data, and search history during the specified period.

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In August, Trump faced indictment in Washington, DC on four charges. These charges, related to his alleged attempts to overturn the 2020 election results and the subsequent Capitol riot on January 6, 2021, included conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, obstruction, and conspiracy against the right to vote and have one's vote counted. Trump has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

The trial, presided over by Judge Tanya Chutkan, is scheduled to commence on March 4, 2024.

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