Joe Muto, the former Fox News associate-producer-turned-infamous-“Fox Mole,” was served with a search warrant by police early Wednesday. Investigators seized his laptop, Muto said.
“I just got search warranted at 6:30 a.m. by a very polite crew from the DA’s office,” Muto tweeted. “Took my iPhone, laptop, some old notebooks.”
Gawker published several columns by Muto earlier this month while he was still employed by Fox News, and also published unaired video footage taken from a Mitt Romney interview with FNC’s Sean Hannity. Fox News quickly fired Muto, and sent letters to both him and Gawker, threatening to pursue criminal and civil charges.
“They’re pretty worked up over a clip of Romney talking about his horses,” Muto wrote on Twitter. “According to the warrant, Fox News is apparently accusing me of grand larceny, among other things.”
Those other things include “petit larceny” and computer tampering, according to the eight-page search warrant.
On Twitter, Muto took a jab at the phone-hacking scandal at the cable channel’s News Corp. parent. “I should have done something more innocuous,” he wrote, “like hacked a dead girl’s phone and interfered with a police investigation.”