OAN’s Brooke Mallory
5:56 PM – Wednesday, November 29, 2023
In a search warrant served to X, formerly Twitter, Special Counsel Jack Smith sought a plethora of data regarding the account of former President Donald Trump, as well as details on the millions of social media accounts that engaged with him, including those that liked any of Trump’s tweets between October 2020 and January 2021.
A list of every user and account who liked or retweeted one of Trump’s posts between October 2020 and January 2021 is requested in the heavily redacted search warrant, along with “all associated logs and metadata,” which may include location information, among other things.
The DOJ would have access to data on millions of American customers as a result of this incredibly expansive request.
According to the New York Post, X first put off granting the request, which led to a $350,000 fine being levied against the platform.
In addition, a list of all the devices used to log into Trump’s account and any IP addresses connected to it is requested in the warrant. This implies that the information would have been disclosed to the special prosecutor by any employee or assistant who logged into the account.
They demanded access to every bit of data on Trump’s “connect” and “notification” tabs, including search history, blocks, mutes, and even draft tweets.
X (Twitter) was also directed by the warrant not to inform Trump about the search order. The company made an unsuccessful attempt to overcome this in court.
Smith had argued in counter-arguments that “there is reason to believe notification to the former president, a sophisticated actor with an expansive platform, would result in a statutorily cognizable harm.”
“The [Non Disclosure Order] was granted based on facts showing that notifying the former president would result in destruction of or tampering with evidence, intimidation of potential witnesses, or other serious jeopardy to an investigation or delaying of trial.”
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