Former President Donald Trump’s use of his cell phone during his final weeks in office will be under scrutiny in the upcoming trial where he faces charges of attempting to subvert the 2020 election. Special counsel Jack Smith has extracted data from Trump’s phone and plans to present it as evidence to a jury in Washington, D.C.
Smith indicated in a court filing on Monday that he will call an expert witness to testify about the data extracted from Trump’s phone, as well as another phone used by an undisclosed individual in Trump’s circle. The data from Trump’s phone could reveal details of his activities, including his daily movements, Twitter usage, and any individuals who had access to his accounts and devices.
The data could offer insights into the events leading up to the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, when a mob of Trump supporters attacked the building after the former president urged them to “stop the steal.” The expert witness will be able to “specifically” identify the periods of time that Trump’s phone was unlocked and the Twitter application was open on January 6, providing a potential link between Trump’s actions and the events that occurred on that day.
It is unclear how much access Smith had to Trump’s phone. The expert witness will be able to describe the usage of the phones in the post-election period and analyze images found on the phones and websites visited. However, it is unknown if the expert had access to the contents of Trump’s communications, or if any information was protected under executive privilege or other limitations.
Another filing by Jack Smith.
He collected data off Trump’s cell phones including “images and websites visited” and when Trump left his Twitter app open on January 6.
Smith is a sick individual who should immediately be defunded and investigated–“deranged” is too kind. pic.twitter.com/mr1wStgOpz
— Julie Kelly 🇺🇸 (@julie_kelly2) December 11, 2023
The large amount of data obtained from Twitter about Trump’s use of his account will also be used in the trial. Prosecutors obtained a search warrant in January and obtained location data and other important information. This evidence, along with testimony from dozens of Trump’s closest aides and advisers, including former Vice President Mike Pence, will be used to support the charge of conspiring to disenfranchise millions of voters and derail the transfer of power.
The trial is set to begin on March 4, giving Smith and his team little time to prepare their case. However, with the amount of evidence they have collected so far, it appears that they are well-equipped to present a strong argument against Trump.
The expert testimony will be the first glimpse into how Smith plans to use the data obtained from Twitter. The filings show that he will be able to identify the periods of time that Trump’s phone was unlocked and the Twitter application was open, providing a potential connection between the former president’s actions and the events on January 6.
Smith’s probe continues to gather momentum and uncover new evidence, providing a unique insight into the inner workings of the former president’s administration. As the trial approaches, the American public eagerly awaits the outcome and the potential ramifications that it may have on the country’s political landscape.