According to recently released court documents, the special counsel’s office reportedly warned that former President Trump could “precipitate violence” if the court didn’t protect its attempts to access information on his Twitter account.
According to the documents, Smith’s office got a total of 32 direct messages from Trump’s account as part of its inquiry. A copy of the search warrant was also made public on Friday, demonstrating the scope of the information prosecutors wanted.
The 71-page document from the prosecution, which was filed to the court in April but was unsealed Friday, provides new information about why Smith’s staff was afraid of informing Trump about the situation.
A decision that was unsealed in August showed that Twitter, now known as X, was fined $350,000 for failing to comply with a court order to turn over the records, exposing the covert battle to obtain the records.
Unsealed court documents from the past revealed that the special counsel was worried that if Trump knew about the warrant to access his account, he might reveal it to the public, which they claimed could precipitate violence as occurred following the public disclosure of the search warrant executed at Mar-a-Lago.
These arguments were made as X appealed to the D.C. Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals a decision by a lower court requiring the disclosure of the information.