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Report: Special Counsel To Use Trump White House Cell Data In Election Interference Case

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New filings show special counsel Jack Smith plans to call witnesses who have analyzed data extracted from former President Trump’s cell phone in the federal election interference case.

Smith reportedly plans to bring in experts for testimony, including one who can weigh in on Trump’s Twitter habits and another who has analyzed the movement of the crowd following the President’s speech on Jan. 6th, 2021.

Prosecutors on the election interference case also extracted data from Trump’s White House cell phone, and that of an aide, described in the filing only as “Individual 1.”

The expert, who is unnamed in the court filing, reviewed how Trump and the aid used their phone throughout the post-election period, and has “specifically identified the periods of time during which the defendant’s phone was unlocked and the Twitter application was open on Jan. 6.” 

It’s unclear the extent of the information prosecutors have from Trump’s phone, though the filing says the expert analyzed “images found on the phones and websites visited.”

A separate expert prosecutors plan to bring in will analyze how a crowd of Trump supporters moved in response to his speech which included calls to “march towards the Capitol.”

The expert “plotted the location history data for Google accounts and devices associated with individuals who moved, on January 6, 2021, from an area at or near the Ellipse to an area encompassing the United States Capitol building.”

Their review “will aid the jury in understanding the movements of individuals toward the Capitol area during and after the defendant’s speech at the Ellipse.”

3 COMMENTS

  1. WTH DO THEY THINK THAT IS GOING TO PROVE!!! VIDEO ALREADY PROVES THAT PELOSI, CAPITOL POLICE, FBI AND OTHERS WERE THE CONSPIRATORS OF THE J6 RIOT! THIS IS A NANCY PELOSI INSURRECTIONS AS SHE KNEW TRUMP WOULD WIN THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE VOTE AND SHE MADE SURE IT WAS DISRUPTED!! J6 IS NANCY PELOSI!!

  2. The Democrats’ Long History of Objecting To Election Results
    Democrats such as Hillary Clinton, Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams and dozens of congressional lawmakers have long objected to state and federal election results and have attempted to block every Republican presidential winner since 2000.

    No Democrat has been prosecuted for challenging election results. The party also rejects any attempt to draw an equivalence to the actions of Donald Trump, even though top House Democrats objected to the certification of his presidential victory in 2016.

    Mr. Trump is now facing dozens of state and federal charges related to his effort to overturn Joseph R. Biden’s victory in the 2020 election. A 41-count indictment in Georgia also targets 18 of his former advisers, aides and allies.
    he is among dozens of prominent Democrats who have objected to Republican election wins.

    Ms. Abrams refused to concede after her narrow loss to Republican Brian Kemp in Georgia’s 2018 governor’s race. Ms. Abrams said the election was “rigged” and “stolen” because of voter suppression. She refused to fully acknowledge that she lost, even during her second, unsuccessful bid in 2021 to defeat Mr. Kemp. “He won under the rules of the game at the time, but the game was rigged against the voters of Georgia,” Ms. Abrams said on CNN in December 2021.

    Democrats have gone far beyond election fraud claims.

    Congressional Democrats, mostly in the House, have objected to certifying every Republican presidential win since 2000.

    Congress is required under the Constitution to certify the election results in each state. When the House voted to certify Mr. Trump’s 2016 victory, nearly a dozen Democrats tried to block it.

    Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, told reporters that she backed the effort by her rank-and-file dissenters but knew it lacked enough support to thwart Mr. Trump’s victory.

    “In some cases, members are concerned about voter suppression, in some cases they are concerned about Russian influence on our election. There are a number of concerns,” she said.

    Mrs. Pelosi pumped her fist in the chamber when nearly a dozen Democrats stood up to object to certifying Mr. Trump as the winner. Among the objectors was Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland, now the top Democrat on the House Oversight and Accountability Committee, and Rep. Maxine Waters of California, the top Democrat on the Financial Services Committee.
    Rep. Barbara Lee, California Democrat, was among those who stood up to oppose the certification of Mr. Trump’s election win.

    “I object because people are horrified,” Ms. Lee said.

    Claiming election fraud and voter suppression, Democrats objected to the certification of both of George W. Bush’s presidential wins in 2000 and 2004.

    Mr. Raskin, who served as the lead manager in Mr. Trump’s 2021 impeachment case, said in a statement that the Georgia indictment “makes it clear states will not allow interstate criminal racketeering enterprises to overthrow democratic elections.”

    Legal experts declined to compare Mr. Trump to House Democrats objecting to the certification of Republican presidential winners and the dozens of House Republicans and some senators who objected to Mr. Biden’s win in 2020.
    Mr. Trump is charged with conspiracy to overturn the election, but members of Congress are legally authorized to object to Electoral College results.

    “Actions on the floor of Congress are protected by the speech or debate clause of the Constitution, and Republican objections on the floor under the Electoral Count Act are similar to the 2000, 2004 and 2016 actions,” Notre Dame law professor Derek T. Muller said. “I think it’s why you haven’t seen much focus on what members of Congress did on the floor of Congress on Jan. 6, 2021, in these prosecutions.”

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