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

Special Counsel Jack Smith has filed a sweeping search warrant targeting information related to former President Donald Trump’s Twitter account, including the 2024 Republican presidential primary candidate’s search history, draft tweets, blocks, and mutes. I was searching.

According to heavily redacted court filings, the special counsel also requested a list of all devices used to log into the accounts and information about users who interacted with President Trump.

A search warrant issued in January against the company now known as X. some documents The documents were filed Monday as part of a lawsuit filed by news organizations seeking clarity on the special counsel’s investigation into President Trump’s actions leading up to the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol. announced by the Department of Justice.

The filing reveals what investigators were looking for when issuing a warrant against Elon Musk’s social media company.

They initially fined the company $350,000 for late compliance.


A subpoena for information on President Trump’s Twitter account was issued to the social media company in January. USA TODAY Sports (via Reuters Con)

Eight of the 14 pages related to the search warrant fully edited.

On the non-hidden page, Smith provides information about nearly every conceivable aspect of the 77-year-old former president’s Twitter account, including “all advertising information…and advertising topic preferences,” all associated IP addresses, and more. requesting provision. 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 about users who interacted with President Trump leading up to the riot.

“Account[接続]tab or[通知]All information from tabs. This includes a list of all Twitter users who have favorited or retweeted Tweets posted by the account, as well as all Tweets that include a username associated with the account (i.e., “mentioned” or “replyed”). ),” the warrant states.


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Smith sought information about Trump’s direct messages and accounts that interacted with him leading up to the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol. AFP (via Getty Images)

The warrant was issued to the social media giant along with a secrecy order, directing the company not to notify Trump about the raid.

Twitter has balked at the confidentiality order, arguing in an unsuccessful court challenge that it violates the First Amendment and the Preservation of Communications Act.

of Department of Justice opposition The company’s efforts to notify Trump about the warrant were also made public on Monday.

“For what may be the first time in history, Twitter, Inc. (“Twitter”) has filed a motion to vacate or modify an order not to disclose the existence of a search warrant,” Smith argued. There is reason to believe that notifying a former president, who is a sophisticated actor with a broad platform, would result in legally permissible harm.”

In a heavily redacted document, the special counsel said: “Facts indicate that notifying the former president would pose a significant risk of destroying or tampering with evidence, intimidating potential witnesses, or otherwise delaying the investigation or trial.” Based on this, an NDO was granted.” filing.

Smith formally filed four charges against Trump in August, accusing him of trying to overturn the 2020 election.

Trump was an avid user of social media platforms during his presidency.

He was banned from Twitter after the January 6, 2021, Capitol riot, but returned in November 2022 after Musk took over the company.

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