Trump’s Docs Stolen? Elon Musk Requests Supreme Court Investigation

The firm, which was once known as Twitter, is requesting the Supreme Court stop a similar incident from happening a year after federal courts ordered it to provide special counsel Jack Smith access to data related to former President Donald Trump’s account.

X Corp. is requesting from the judges whether it is possible to force social media companies to provide user data to the government without informing the users.

When Smith requested information from Trump’s social media accounts without his knowledge, the corporation divulged it. Elon Musk’s company, X, made an unsuccessful attempt to keep Smith from getting the data at first.

The federal court overseeing that lawsuit questioned whether the business was attempting to “cozy up” to the outgoing president, an accusation that Musk has already encountered. Musk recently implied that his criminal conviction in his New York trial was “motivated by politics,” echoing the Trump-supporting rhetoric of many Republicans.

Musk shot off reports that Trump was considering offering him an advisory position should he retake the White House, stating, “There have not been any discussions of a role for me in a potential Trump Presidency.”

The problem for X Corp. is that the government doesn’t have the right to access Trump’s information; after all, it could have obtained his social media posts from the National Archives and Information Administration. X Corp. is upset that doing so would have alerted Trump and possibly jeopardized the investigation.

The company challenged the “nondisclosure” order, arguing that executive privilege or the president’s right to secrecy protected the information, preventing Musk’s firm from informing Trump about the government’s request for his social media data. A portion of the information would have included searches, geographical data, and the tweets he had written.

The judge and prosecutors questioned this, believing it improbable that Trump would use his Twitter direct messages for official business. The court would then find the business in contempt for failing to deliver the documents.

In two of the former president’s criminal cases—the one involving federal election involvement and the other involving sensitive documents—Smith is Trump’s prosecutor.

It seems unlikely that decisions in either of those lawsuits will reach Trump before the general election in November.

Author: Blake Ambrose

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