Despite having a search warrant for former US President Donald Trump’s Twitter account, the US special counsel had to experience continuous delays on Twitter’s side
Elon Musk’s company, referred to as ‘X’, has been fined $350,000 by the US Appeals Court for the District of Columbia Circuit for not cooperating in the investigation of former US President Donald Trump’s Twitter account.
The US Special council, responsible for investigating Donald Trump, obtained a search warrant for the former president’s Twitter account in January. However, they faced several delays in the investigation due to non-compliance from X.
The US Court of Appeals held X, previously known as Twitter, in contempt and imposed a $350,000 fine. The court stated that Twitter expressed concerns regarding the First Amendment (freedom of speech) in relation to a legal order that prevented them from discussing the search warrant. Twitter wanted to inform Trump about the warrant.
“Under the circumstances, the court did not abuse its discretion when it ultimately held Twitter in contempt and imposed a $350,000 sanction,” added the court.
Donald Trump addressed the matter on his social media site, Truth Social, and criticized the Justice Department for secretly attacking his Twitter account and not informing him about this infringement on his civil rights.
While all of Trump’s tweets are publicly viewable, the US Special council is interested in accessing non-public information such as direct messages, drafts of tweets, location data, and the types of devices he used when posting tweets.