March 3, 2024

Biden’s DOJ’s search warrant demanded info on all Americans who liked, shared Trump’s tweets

Biden’s DOJ’s search warrant demanded info on all Americans who liked, shared Trump’s tweets

“All users the Subject Account has followed, unfollowed, muted, unmuted, blocked, or unblocked, and all users who have followed, unfollowed, muted, unmuted, blocked, or unblocked the Subject Account.”

Biden’s Department of Justice released the redacted search warrant for Donald Trump’s Twitter account from by special counsel Jack Smith on Monday, showing that the search warrant, which was carried out in January, sought information on users that interacted with Trump’s account.

Twitter was required to disclose “all content, records and other information relating to communications sent from or received by the Subject Account from October 2020 to January 2021,” Attachment B of the search warrant, which focused on “particular things to be seized,” said.

This included “all users the Subject Account has followed, unfollowed, muted, unmuted, blocked, or unblocked, and all users who have followed, unfollowed, muted, unmuted, blocked, or unblocked the Subject Account.”

This also included “all information from the ‘Connect’ or ‘Notifications’ tab for the account, including all lists of Twitter users who have favorited or retweeted tweets posted by the account, as well as all tweets that include the username associated with the account (ie ‘mentions’ or ‘replies’).”

The search warrant also sought posts made, liked, or retweeted by Trump, direct messages sent and received by the former president, and other account data.

Twitter, which has since been renamed X, under CEO Elon Musk initially refused to give prosecutors access to Trump’s account, citing concerns with, among other things, an accompanying nondisclosure order prohibiting X from notifying anyone about the existence or contents of the warrant.

X ultimately complied with the warrant, handing over the information three days after the deadline, and was slapped with a $350,000 fine by the district court.

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Heavily redacted documents related to search warrant for Trump’s Twitter account released

Heavily redacted documents related to search warrant for Trump’s Twitter account released

Special counsel Jack Smith’s comprehensive search warrant for information related to former President Donald Trump’s Twitter account sought the 2024 Republican presidential primary front-runner’s search history, drafted tweets, blocks and mutes.

Special counsel Jack Smith’s comprehensive search warrant for information related to former President Donald Trump’s Twitter account sought the 2024 Republican presidential primary front-runner’s search history, drafted tweets, blocks and mutes.

The special counsel also demanded a list of all devices used to log into the account and information on users interacting with Trump, heavily redacted court filings show. 

The search warrant, issued in January against the company now known as X, was among several documents released by the Justice Department Monday as part of a lawsuit brought by media organizations seeking sunlight on the special counsel’s investigation into Trump’s actions leading up to the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the US Capitol. 

The filings shed some light on what investigators were looking for when they issued the warrant against the social media company owned by Elon Musk.

They initially delayed in complying, resulting in a $350,000 fine leveled against the company.

Eight of the 14 pages related to the search warrant are completely redacted. 

In the pages that aren’t obscured, there are demands by Smith for information on virtually every conceivable aspect of the 77-year-old former president’s Twitter account, including “all advertising information … and ad topic preferences,” all IP addresses associated with the account, Trump’s privacy and account settings, records of the account’s communications with Twitter support and all direct messages sent and received by the account from October 2020 to January 2021. 

The government also sought information on users who interacted with Trump leading up to the riot. 

“All information from the ‘Connect’ or ‘Notifications’ tab for the account, including all lists of Twitter users who have favorited or retweeted tweets posted by the account, as well as all tweets that include the username associated with the account (i.e. “mentions” or “replies”),” the warrant states. 

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