Former President Donald Trump revealed that he had received a target letter from special counsel Jack Smith in the January 6 investigation which might mean a looming indictment.
Trump revealed on Truth Social that the letter informed him that he was being targeted in a grand jury investigation and that he had four days to respond. Smith is currently overseeing the Department of Justice’s investigation into attempts made by Trump and his allies to overturn the 2020 presidential election results.
Trump claimed that he faces “arrest and indictment” following the letter. Trump will be given a chance to speak to the Grand jury at the federal courthouse in Washington D.C., later this week.
“Deranged Jack Smith, the prosecutor with Joe Biden’s DOJ, sent a letter (again, it was Sunday night!) stating that I am a TARGET of the January 6th Grand Jury investigation, and giving me a very short 4 days to report to the Grand Jury, which almost always means an Arrest and Indictment,” the 4th POTUS wrote on social media.
Will Donald Trump be indicted for a third time?
Although it cannot be said for sure whether Trump will be indicted for a third time before the 2024 presidential election kicks off, a target letter means that the investigators have managed to gather enough evidence against the recipient to link him to the alleged crime. It is often seen as a precursor to an indictment. It also formally extends the recipient a chance to appear before the grand jury and present their own evidence.
Trump is also aware of the impending charges, although the exact nature of the charges are currently not known. “They have now effectively indicted me three times… with a probably fourth coming from Atlanta.” He then added in capital letters. “This witch hunt is all about election interference and a complete and total (political) weaponization of law enforcement!”
Trump was indicted two times in three months this year and that is without counting the $5 million civil judgment against him for sexual abuse at the end of April. There are still two more criminal investigations looming, and upcoming trials.