Special Counsel Jack Smith has successfully obtained access to Donald Trump’s Twitter account through a covert search warrant, allowing him to view private direct messages, draft tweets, and more.
Recently made public court documents delineate Smith’s acquisition of this secret search warrant in January, which will enable the prosecutor to search through @RealDonaldTrump in search of potential evidence pointing to criminal activities. Investigations led by Smith primarily center around Trump’s alleged attempts to impede the 2020 election results and his purported mishandling of classified documents.
Elon Musk’s social media company, now rebranded as X, faced a fine of $350,000 for its initial refusal to cooperate. Further restrictions prohibited the company from informing Trump about the warrant’s existence.
An attorney on Smith’s team suggested that harms could arise from Trump’s knowledge of the warrant.
“There actually are concrete cognizable reasons to think that if the former president had notice of these covert investigative steps, there would be actual harm and concern for the investigation, for the witnesses going forward,” the attorney wrote.
Subsequent revelations confirmed that Twitter did produce the requested records. Although the specifics of the messages or draft tweets remain undisclosed, a Twitter lawyer confirmed the provision of “all direct messages, the DMs” to the special counsel team. This collection encompassed “draft form” messages and both “deleted” and “nondeleted” direct messages.
The former president reacted with indignation, lashing out on Truth Social.
“How dare lowlife prosecutor, Deranged Jack Smith, break into my former Twitter account without informing me and, indeed, trying to completely hide this atrocity from me. What could he possibly find out that is not already known. Just like the early morning raid of Mar-a-Lago! Why isn’t the DOJ raiding Crooked Joe Biden, the most CORRUPT (and Incompetent!) President in the history of the United States?” Trump wrote in an incendiary post.
Following the Capitol incident of January 6, 2021, Trump’s Twitter account faced a permanent ban, but Musk later reinstated the account. To date, Trump remains silent on the platform.
June saw Trump facing an indictment on 37 counts, including obstruction of justice related to his handling of classified materials — a charge he vehemently denies. The special counsel also levied federal criminal charges against Trump for alleged endeavors to retain power post the 2020 election loss.
A recent grand jury indictment accuses him of disseminating “lies” and instigating “sham” investigations, culminating in the incitement of an “angry” mob on January 6.
Following the indictment’s release, Smith declared in a public statement that the Capitol attack was “fueled by lies” propagated by Trump.
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