On Monday, the U.S. Department of Justice released heavily redacted documents related to Special Counsel Jack Smith’s search warrant for information on Donald Trump’s Twitter account.

Eight of the 14 pages from the search warrant are completely redacted.

According to the New York Post, Smith sought President Trump’s search history, drafted tweets, blocks, and mutes.

The documents also reveal Smith demanded information on Twitter users who liked or retweeted Trump’s tweets leading up the U.S. Capitol protest on January 6, 2021.

“The search warrant, issued in January against the company now known as X, was among several documents released by the Justice Department Monday as part of a lawsuit brought by media organizations seeking sunlight on the special counsel’s investigation into Trump’s actions leading up to the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the US Capitol,” the New York Post wrote.

Chuck Callesto writes:

Department of Justice TARGETED THOSE WHO SUPPORTED TRUMP on Twitter – Ordered Review of Trump’s Twitter Activity, Including Accounts That Liked, Followed, or Retweeted His Posts.

Justice Department lawyers have disclosed details linked to their search warrant targeting Donald Trump’s Twitter account.

These documents show that prosecutors amassed an extensive array of data concerning the ex-President’s online interactions, encompassing details of every account that liked, followed, or retweeted his posts.

The New York Post reports:

In the pages that aren’t obscured, there are demands by Smith for information on virtually every conceivable aspect of the 77-year-old former president’s Twitter account, including “all advertising information … and ad topic preferences,” all IP addresses associated with the account, Trump’s privacy and account settings, records of the account’s communications with Twitter support and all direct messages sent and received by the account from October 2020 to January 2021.

The government also sought information on users who interacted with Trump leading up to the riot.

“All information from the ‘Connect’ or ‘Notifications’ tab for the account, including all lists of Twitter users who have favorited or retweeted tweets posted by the account, as well as all tweets that include the username associated with the account (i.e. “mentions” or “replies”),” the warrant states.

The warrant was issued to the social media giant along with a nondisclosure order, instructing the company not to notify Trump about the search.

Twitter balked at the nondisclosure order, arguing in a failed court challenge that it was a violation of the First Amendment and the Stored Communications Act.


The DOJ’s opposition to the company’s attempt to notify Trump about the warrant was also released Monday.

“For what appears to be the first time in its history, Twitter Inc. (‘Twitter’) has filed a motion to vacate or modify an order that it not disclose the existence of a search warrant,” Smith argued, insisting that “there is reason to believe notification to the former president, a sophisticated actor with an expansive platform, would result in a statutorily cognizable harm.”

The company eventually complied with the order, but received a $350,000 fine for not adhering to Smith’s demands by deadline.

“The warrant also wants a list of EVERY account that followed, unfollowed, muted, unmuted, blocked, or unblocked a former President’s account. There is no benign or reasonable justification for that demand,” said former FBI agent/whistleblower Steve Friend.

“If you liked or retweeted Trump’s tweets – the DOJ wants to know. Special Counsel Jack Smith’s search warrant for Trump’s Twitter account specifically seeks lists of Twitter users who engaged with Trump’s account. This government is out of control!” said attorney Eric Matheny.

Read some of the unredacted sections of the warrant below:

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