[Ed. – It’s creepy how this all seems to be developing according to a script. Facebook posts that it found a bunch of inauthentic user accounts, including some number that bought promotion for “anti-Hillary” posts, but gives no specifics whatsoever. Now Mueller gets a search warrant for those accounts. Will we the public ever see the actual information about them? Exit question: what “crime,” exactly, could Mueller have evidence of here — before he’s even seen the account information?]
FBI Special Counsel Robert Mueller reportedly obtained a search warrant for records of the “inauthentic” accounts Facebook shut down earlier this month and the targeted ads these accounts purchased during the 2016 election.
[Asha] Rangappa, now an associate dean at Yale Law School, explained that to obtain a search warrant a prosecutor needs to prove to a judge that there is reason to believe a crime has been committed. The prosecutor then has to show that the information being sought will provide evidence of that crime.
Mueller would not have sought a warrant targeting Facebook as a company, Rangappa noted. Rather, he would have been interested in learning more about specific accounts.