Updated Aug 9, 2023 - Politics & Policy

Special counsel served Twitter search warrant for Trump account

Former President Trump on July 29 in Erie, Pa. Photo: Jeff Swensen/Getty Images

X, formerly known as Twitter, is being held in contempt by a federal judge for a delay in compliance with a search warrant of former President Trump's account requested by special counsel Jack Smith.

Driving the news: The social media giant was also ordered to pay a $350,000 fine, newly unsealed court filings show.

  • The existence of the warrant, which was obtained by Smith's team in January, was not previously known to the public.

Zoom in: In the warrant, the government requested "data and records related to the '@realDonaldTrump'" Twitter account.

  • The company ultimately complied with the warrant but did not do so until three days after a court-ordered deadline.
  • The warrant was served along with a nondisclosure order that prohibited the company from sharing its existence or contents.
  • Twitter initially delayed producing the requested content while it unsuccessfully litigated objections to the nondisclosure order, per court records.

The big picture: The special counsel is investigating Trump's efforts to interfere with the peaceful transfer of power after the 2020 election.

  • A federal grand jury indicted the former president last week for his alleged efforts to overturn the 2020 election.
  • Trump pleaded not guilty last week to four charges, including conspiracy to defraud the U.S. and conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding.
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