In a significant development in Donald Trump’s election fraud case, federal prosecutors have obtained access to the former president’s White House cellphone records. According to a recent filing, these records will be used as crucial evidence against him.
Chief prosecutor Jack Smith has disclosed plans to summon three expert witnesses to provide testimony regarding Trump’s actions and social media engagement on January 6, 2021, during the U.S. Capitol riot. The filing refers to these experts as Expert 1, Expert 2, and Expert 3, presumably as a precautionary measure to address potential witness harassment from Trump supporters.
Trump, who faces four criminal cases while campaigning for the Republican presidential nomination, has pleaded not guilty to the charges. The indictment accuses him of conspiring to defraud the U.S. government and obstruct an official proceeding in an attempt to overturn the 2020 election results.
The announcement of these expert witnesses is seen as a significant blow to Trump. Former federal prosecutor Joyce Vance described it as “terrible news” for the former president. Vance highlighted the significance of Expert 3’s involvement, stating that this expert managed to access Trump’s phone and will testify about its usage during the post-election period, including on the day of the Capitol attack.
The filing also reveals that Expert 3 extracted and processed data from the White House cell phones used by Trump and another individual referred to as “Individual 1.” It is reported that Individual 1 is Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s former lawyer. Expert 3 specifically identified when Trump’s phone was unlocked, and the Twitter application was open on January 6.
Furthermore, Expert 3 analyzed the data on both Trump’s phone and Individual 1’s phone, including images and visited websites. This comprehensive analysis is expected to provide crucial insights into the events surrounding the Capitol attack.
Conversely, Expert 1 plans to employ geolocation software to monitor the activities of the rioters. This specialist will present testimony on utilizing ArcGIS software to generate a map based on Google location history data acquired through a search warrant. The visual representations derived from this data will assist the jury in comprehending the trajectories of individuals traveling from the Ellipse to the Capitol area during and after Trump’s speech.
The filing, submitted by Justice Department attorneys Molly Gaston and Thomas P. Windom on behalf of Jack Smith, is titled “Government’s Summary Of Anticipated Expert Testimony.”
With these cellphone records and expert testimonies, federal prosecutors aim to build a strong case against Trump, shedding light on his actions and involvement in the events leading up to the January 6 attack. As the legal proceedings unfold, the outcome of these cases will have significant implications for Trump’s political future.