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Search Warrant Obtained for Trump’s Twitter Account in 2020 Election Probe

Special counsel Jack Smith obtained a search warrant for information about former President Donald Trump’s Twitter account earlier this year as part of his investigation into the aftermath of the 2020 election, court records unsealed Wednesday show.

A ruling by a three-judge panel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia revealed a lengthy battle that played out behind closed doors between the Justice Department and the Elon Musk-owned social media platform, now known as X. Twitter was ultimately held in civil contempt and fined $350,000 for twice failing to comply with the warrant.

Smith obtained the warrant for data and records pertaining to the Twitter account @realDonaldTrump on Jan. 17, 2023, along with a nondisclosure order prohibiting Twitter from sharing the existence of the warrant or its contents to anyone. The warrant arose from Smith’s investigation into Trump’s actions after he lost the 2020 presidential election, the appeals court said. Trump was charged with four counts in that probe and pleaded not guilty last week.

Read the source article at CBS News

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