Special Counsel Jack Smith accesses Trump cell phone records in federal 2020 election prosecution

December 12, 2023

Special Counsel Jack Smith’s prosecution team has gained access to former President Trump’s White House cell phone records, prosecutors revealed late Monday.

Smith reportedly plans to call witnesses who have analyzed data extracted from Trump’s cell phone, including one who can speak to the former President’s habits on Twitter (now called “X”) amid his efforts to overturn his 2020 election loss, as well as a witness who has analyzed the actions of the crowd during the deadly January 6, 2021 insurrection on the U.S. Capitol following Trump’s speech that day.

Monday’s filing was the first indication of how Smith and his team plan to use a massive amount of information gathered from Trump’s Twitter account. Smith had obtained a search warrant to access the account back in August.

Trump has pleaded not guilty to four criminal counts surrounding attempts to overturn the 2020 Presidential election, including conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, obstruction of and attempt to obstruct an official proceeding and conspiracy against rights.

U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan has set a March 4 trial date in the case.

On Monday, Smith filed a request with the U.S. Supreme Court asking for a speedy decision on Trump attorneys’ assertions that their client is immune from prosecution linked to his efforts to overturn his 2020 election loss because those actions were “at the heart of his official responsibilities as President.”

PHOTO: Trump photo from House Select January 6 Committee’s final report

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