Dozens of Trump’s Twitter direct messages handed over to special counsel: report
Twitter turned over to Special Counsel Jack Smith dozens of direct messages from Donald Trump’s account earlier this year, court records reveal, according to CNN.
It was previously disclosed that Twitter, which is now known as X after being purchased, had fought a search warrant to hand over information from the ex-president’s account. Experts wondered if the ex-president, who infamously does not use email, had sent or received any direct messages during his time in the White House.
The “at least 32 direct messages” from Trump’s account were handed over as part of the Special Counsel’s investigation into Trump’s alleged efforts to overturn the 2020 election.
“The detail of what prosecutors obtained with a search warrant issued to the social media platform was revealed in a brief submitted under seal in May to the US Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, DC,” CNN reports.
It is not known if Trump sent any direct messages, or if the ones handed over were from him, to him, or a combination of both.
“Twitter’s initial resistance to complying with the Jan. 17 warrant resulted in a federal judge holding the company, now called X, in contempt and levying a $350,000 fine,” Politico reported last month.
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