Twit­ter drops law­suit af­ter feds with­draw sum­mons

The Washington Times Daily - - NATION - — An­drew Blake

Twit­ter dropped its law­suit against the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion Fri­day af­ter the fed­eral gov­ern­ment aban­doned its ef­fort to com­pel the so­cial net­work to di­vulge in­for­ma­tion about an an­tiTrump ac­count.

Twit­ter had sued the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion on Thurs­day in re­sponse to its pre­vi­ously un­re­ported at­tempt to learn de­tails about @ALT_USCIS, an ac­count pur­port­edly run by a cur­rent em­ployee of Cit­i­zen­ship and Im­mi­gra­tion Ser­vices, the com­pany said in a court fil­ing Fri­day. It dropped its case a day af­ter the fed­eral gov­ern­ment with­drew its re­quest.

The Jus­tice De­part­ment told Twit­ter on Fri­day that U.S. Cus­toms and Bor­der Pro­tec­tion (CBP) had with­drawn its March 13 sum­mons, “and that the sum­mons no longer has any force or ef­fect.”

“Be­cause the sum­mons has now been with­drawn, Twit­ter vol­un­tary dis­misses with­out prej­u­dice all claims against De­fen­dants,” an at­tor­ney for the com­pany wrote Fri­day.

Twit­ter dis­closed for the first time a day ear­lier that CBP had is­sued a sum­mons last month seek­ing in­for­ma­tion about @ALT_USCIS, in­clud­ing in­ter­net pro­to­col (IP) ad­dresses and other ac­count ac­tiv­ity that could po­ten­tially re­veal the iden­tity of the per­son or per­sons who over­see the ac­count — one of sev­eral that al­leges to pro­vide “al­ter­na­tive” views into Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion agen­cies.

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