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Secret Search Warrant: Special Counsel Accesses Trump’s Twitter Account in Unprecedented Move

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In a surprising twist, a newly unsealed court document has unveiled that Special Counsel Jack Smith managed to gain access to former President Donald J Trump’s Twitter account, including its private messages and draft tweets. This revelation comes amidst his ongoing investigations into alleged wrongdoings by the ex-president.

The document indicates that Smith obtained a secret search warrant in January, permitting him to scrutinize the ‘@RealDonaldTrump’ account for potential evidence related to criminal activities. Initially, a judge imposed a hefty fine of $350,000 on Elon Musk’s social media conglomerate, previously known as Twitter, for its refusal to cooperate, as revealed in documents released last week.

Furthermore, the court order also restricted the company, now identified as X, from informing Trump about the warrant. According to sources from Smith’s special counsel team, the fear was that if Trump were alerted to the warrant, he might interfere with the investigation.

An attorney from Smith’s team explained, “There actually are concrete cognizable reasons to think that if the former president had notice of these covert investigative steps, there would be actual harm and concern for the investigation, for the witnesses going forward.”

Following some legal wrangling, the unsealed filing discloses that Twitter ultimately provided the requested records. The court filing specifies that Smith secured a search warrant that directed Twitter to hand over ‘data and records’ linked to Trump’s Twitter account, according to reports from the Daily Mail. The content of the messages and draft tweets remains undisclosed.

As per a transcript included in the submission, a legal representative from Twitter affirmed that the company divulged ‘all direct messages, including those in ‘draft form,’ to the special counsel’s team. Moreover, access to both ‘eliminated’ and ‘retained’ direct messages from Trump was accorded to the special counsel’s team.

The former president, in response, accused Joe Biden of being responsible for the warrant and criticized Smith for what he deemed a violation of his privacy. Trump posted on Monday to voice his displeasure, stating, “How dare lowlife prosecutor, Deranged Jack Smith, breaking into my Twitter account without informing me and, indeed, trying to completely hide this atrocity from me. What could he possibly find out that is not already known.”

Smith’s actions have culminated in a 37-count indictment against Trump, with charges ranging from obstruction of justice in relation to classified materials to his efforts to maintain power after losing the 2020 election. The indictment also implicates Trump in spreading falsehoods and encouraging the events of January 6th, characterized as an attack on the Capitol “fueled by lies.”

In response to these developments, Smith issued a public statement underscoring that the assault on the Capitol was “fueled by lies” propagated by Trump, aiming to disrupt the core workings of the U.S. government’s electoral process. Smith asserted his commitment to a ‘swift’ trial as part of his pursuit of justice.

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GOP bill proposes extra measures to ensure noncitizens are unable to vote in federal elections

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GOP members of both the U.S. House and Senate introduced a bill to add safeguards to ensure that non U.S. citizens who are already prohibited from voting in federal elections, do not do so. The bill seeks to amend the National Voter Registration Act to require documentary proof of United States citizenship to register to vote.

The Center Square reports that It would require states to obtain proof of citizenship – in person – when registering an individual to vote. Applicants would have to provide proof of citizenship when they register to vote in person, when applying for a motor vehicle license, and when applying to vote by mail. The bill lists accepted citizenship documentation and requirements for voter registration agencies.

U.S. Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, led a coalition of 49 Republicans to introduce the Safeguard American Voter Eligibility (SAVE) Act in the U.S. House. U.S. Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, with several cosponsors, introduced the same bill in the Senate.

Citing the border crisis and the greatest number of foreign nationals illegally entering the country in U.S. history, the measure’s supporters expressed alarm that instead of being deported, many are being registered to vote.

“There is currently an unprecedented and a clear and present danger to the integrity of our election system,” House Speaker Mike Johnson said. “And that is the threat of non-citizens and illegal aliens voting in our elections. In the last five and a half months or so, I’ve been to over 101 cities doing events all around the country in more than half the states. The first or second question that I’m asked in every public forum is about election security. Americans are deeply concerned about this. And it doesn’t matter where you live or whether you’re in a blue state or a red state, everyone’s concerned.”

Johnson blamed President Joe Biden and his administration’s policies for for what he described as widespread concern about election integrity.

“… we now have so many non-citizens in the country that if only one out of 100 of those voted, they would cast hundreds of thousands of votes,” the speaker added. “And since our elections are so razor thin in these days that we’re in, just a few precincts in a few states decide the makeup of Congress and who is elected to the White House. This is a dangerously high number, and it’s a great concern to millions and millions of Americans. It could obviously change the outcome of our elections, and this is not an empty threat or concern.”

It is already a federal crime for non-citizens to vote in a federal election. Despite this, Johnson said, “no current mechanism to ensure only those registering or voting are actually citizens. … If a nefarious actor wants to intervene in our elections, all they have to do is check a box on a form and sign their name. That’s it. That’s all that’s required. And there’s a very small chance that illegal would get caught [because] states do not have the election infrastructure in place to confirm what they’ve said.”

Johnson said noncitizens “can simply go to their local welfare office or the DMV and register to vote there,” adding that “states are currently prohibited from asking someone to prove that they’re a citizen when they use the federal voter registration form.”

He also gave examples of “a growing number of localities” that are “blurring the lines for non-citizens by allowing them to vote in municipal local elections.

“You might not know this, but non-citizens are voting,” he warned Americans. “Democrats have expressed a desire to turn on citizens and voters. That’s what this open border has been all about.”

Roy said the proposed SAVE Act “would thwart Democrat efforts to cement one-party rule by upholding and strengthening current law that permits only U.S. citizens to vote in Federal elections.”

Lee said the bill should “pass right away” and unanimously in both houses of Congress. “The only reason to oppose this … would be if you want noncitizens to vote.”

It also would create a new program requiring the Department of Homeland Security and Social Security Administration to share information with state registration systems. States would be required to identify noncitizens attempting to register to vote by accessing data in DHS’ Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements program and the SSA’s Social Security Number Verification Service. The information would be compared with data from state agencies that supply state identification cards or driver’s licenses.

The bill also would require states to remove non-citizens from existing voter rolls and increases federal penalties for those who register non-citizens to vote in federal elections.

 

 

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