Feds win fight for access to indicted Paul aide’s Gmail

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Federal prosecutors are prevailing in their yearlong fight to access the emails of a once-powerful Republican consultant from Google Inc.

U.S. District Judge John Jarvey rejected a request Friday to quash a warrant ordering Google to give the government the contents of Jesse Benton’s Gmail account, which he used to work on Ron Paul’s 2012 presidential campaign and Sen. Mitch McConnell’s 2014 re-election.

Google informed Benton last year of the warrant, saying it would comply unless he challenged it. Benton’s attorney did, arguing it’s overly broad and violated his privacy.

A magistrate this month upheld the warrant. Google angered prosecutors by not producing records and giving Benton time to appeal.

A Google attorney said it would respect Jarvey’s decision.

Benton and two others face charges stemming from the 2012 campaign.


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