90 Miles From Tyranny : Robert Mueller exploited cellphone GPS to track Trump associates

Monday, June 10, 2019

Robert Mueller exploited cellphone GPS to track Trump associates

Blackwater founder Erik Prince arrives for a closed meeting with members of the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill

Robert Mueller says he was able to pinpoint security company executive Erik Prince’s precise location for several hours in January 2017 by matching his mobile phone signal to a cell site near Trump Tower in New York City.

The special counsel’s report discloses the use of this investigative technique, by which police determine a suspect’s location via a cellphone’s GPS signal.

The Prince narrative is one instance in unredacted sections of the report in which Mr. Mueller’s team explicitly discloses cellphone tracking. It raises the question of whether the FBI applied the process to other investigative subjects — a phone’s GPS signal can disclose its exact location within a few feet. One of the first requests the FBI makes when confronting subjects is to ask for their electronic devices.

The fact Mr. Mueller could pinpoint Mr. Prince’s exact whereabouts suggest he used GPS readouts, which prosecutors can subpoena from cellular service providers.

“I got the distinct impression that they had all my electronic communications and they operated with a confidence borne of a complete complement of the communications of everyone else,” Michael Caputo, a former Trump campaign adviser, told The Washington Times.

Mr. Caputo has been a vocal critic of the special counsel’s investigation, which in the end found no Trump-Russia conspiracy.

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