Trump Targeted, Put On Notice With New Letter.
Former President Donald Trump claimed on July 18, 2023, that he had obtained a “target letter” from special counsel Jack Smith, who is in charge of the Justice Department’s inquiry into the attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. A target letter is a formal declaration by prosecutors that they think there is enough proof to file criminal charges against a certain individual.
The letter is a significant move in the investigation even though it does not guarantee that Trump will be charged. It implies that investigators think Trump might have broken the law by trying to rig the 2020 election results.
The letter cites three statutes that could be applied in prosecution of Trump:
- Obstruction of an official proceeding
- Conspiracy to defraud the United States
- False statements
Trump has asserted his innocence and promised to assist the probe, according to his legal counsel. The target letter is a big setback for Trump, though, and it increases the likelihood that he would be charged with a crime.
The target letter is another evidence of the escalation of the Trump inquiry. Smith has been looking into Trump’s behavior before and after January 6 in great detail. Thousands of witnesses were questioned during the investigation, and millions of documents were examined.
Here’s the latest from President Trump himself on Truth Social: