Special counsel Robert Mueller and his team are now in possession of all Russian-linked ads run on Facebook during the presidential election after they obtained a search warrant for the information, several news outlets reported Friday evening.
Citing a source with knowledge of the investigation, CNN reported that Facebook gave Mueller and his team copies of ads and related information it discovered on its site linked to the Russian government as well as detailed information about the accounts that bought the ads and the way the ads were targeted at American Facebook users.
The disclosure may give Mueller’s office a fuller picture of who was behind the ad buys and how the ads may have influenced voter sentiment during the 2016 election.
Facebook’s policy states that, in accordance with the federal Stored Communications Act, it can only turn over the stored contents of an account in response to a search warrant.
The White House has not yet responded to a request for comment.