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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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