In a deep dive into former President Donald Trump’s Twitter interactions, Special Counsel Jack Smith’s investigation revealed an extensive search warrant.
According to the partially redacted documents, the inquiry demanded “his search history, blocked users, mutes, and drafts of tweets” while targeting “users that interacted with the former president.”
Details of the Search Warrant
The search warrant, directed initially at Twitter (now renamed X), requested a wide range of information, including “IP addresses that were ‘used to create, login, and use the account,” as well as “advertising information, including advertising IDs, ad activity, and ad topic preferences.”
This comprehensive approach highlights the thorough nature of the investigation.
The Non-Disclosure Aspect
Accompanying the warrant was a non-disclosure order aimed at Twitter, instructing them not to alert Trump about the search.
This led to a legal challenge from Twitter, which was ultimately unsuccessful. The company argued that the warrant was a “violation of the First Amendment and Stored Communications Act.”
The warrant details, once confidential, came to light following a court order triggered by media petitions.
These organizations argued for public access to these records, stating, “important records remain under seal, including the government’s application for the warrant and, importantly, the docket itself.”
DOJ’s Position Against Disclosure
In response to Twitter’s objections, the Department of Justice argued against revealing the search warrant. The DOJ’s court filing stated, “notification to the former president, a sophisticated actor with an expansive platform, would result in a statutorily cognizable harm.”
Trump’s Legal Response
Trump, charged by Smith over alleged election-related misconduct, entered a not-guilty plea.
Reacting to the warrant on Truth Social, Trump stated, “deranged Jack Smith” tried to “break into my former Twitter account without informing me and, indeed, trying to hide this atrocity from me completely. What could he possibly find out that is not already known?”
The unfolding legal situation, including a U.S. appeals court reviewing a gag order on Trump, highlights the complexities surrounding the former president’s activities and their implications for American politics.