Special counsel Jack Smith disclosed in court filings that he retrieved data from former President Donald Trump‘s smartphone, potentially crossing what critics call a “red line” for presidential immunity.
Mr. Smith revealed that his investigators extracted data from Mr. Trump‘s smartphone and he intends to use the records as evidence in his prosecution of the former president for election interference.
Mike Davis, founder and president of the Article III Project, said the seizure of Mr. Trump‘s cellphone data “crosses a red line” in terms of executive privilege and will have a chilling effect on future administrations.
“This sets a destructive precedent for the presidency, as it seriously undermines the president’s ability to get his constitutionally protected, confidential and candid advice from his advisers,” he said.
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