Special Counsel Jack Smith has revealed plans to leverage data extracted from former President Donald Trump’s White House cellphone in the upcoming election interference case, as reported by The Hill on Tuesday, December 12, 2023.
The strategic use of information gathered from Trump’s Twitter account and cellphone is outlined in a filing submitted on Monday, providing a glimpse into the prosecution’s approach as the case unfolds.
The filing discloses that Smith intends to summon witnesses who have meticulously analyzed data extracted from Trump’s cellphone.
One key witness possesses expertise in dissecting Trump’s Twitter habits, shedding light on the former president’s social media activities.
This includes a focus on a critical day in history, January 6, 2021, when a crowd, incited by Trump’s speech, stormed the Capitol.
The revelation marks a major milestone in a legal battle that ensued behind closed doors, culminating in securing access to Trump’s Twitter account, now identified as X.
The court’s decision to grant access to this substantial trove of information has paved the way for a more nuanced understanding of Trump’s actions in the aftermath of the 2020 election.
Notably, prosecutors have not only extracted data from Trump’s Twitter account but have also scrutinized information obtained from his White House cellphone, as well as that of an undisclosed aide referred to as “Individual 1.”
An unnamed expert, detailed in the court filing, has meticulously reviewed the phone usage patterns of both Trump and the aide during the post-election period.
This expert has specifically identified crucial timeframes when the defendant’s phone was unlocked, and the Twitter application was open on January 6, 2021.
The extent of information obtained from Trump’s phone remains uncertain, but the court filing hints at a comprehensive analysis that includes the examination of images found on the phones and websites visited.
Of particular interest is the potential insight the expert may provide into Trump’s tweet attacking then-Vice President Mike Pence.
The strategic analysis of Trump’s social media behavior during this critical period could play a pivotal role in the prosecution’s efforts to establish a connection between the former president’s actions and the subsequent events at the Capitol.
In addition to the Twitter-focused expert, another specialist is poised to testify regarding the movement of Trump’s supporters on January 6, 2021.
This expert has meticulously plotted the location history data for Google accounts and devices associated with individuals responding to Trump’s call to march toward the Capitol.
The expert’s analysis aims to elucidate the movements of individuals from the Ellipse to the United States Capitol building, providing the jury with a comprehensive understanding of the crowd’s dynamics during and after Trump’s speech.
This testimony is expected to be a crucial component in the prosecution’s strategy to demonstrate the impact of Trump’s words on the actions of his supporters.
As the legal proceedings unfold, Donald Trump is scheduled to face trial on March 4, facing four counts related to his alleged efforts to subvert the peaceful transfer of power.
The utilization of cellphone data and social media analysis by the special counsel introduces a new dimension to the case, emphasizing the role of technology in unraveling the events that transpired during this tumultuous period in American history.