3 Federal Statutes Mentioned In Jack Smith’s Letter To Trump

 July 22, 2023

Special counsel Jack Smith has informed ex-president Donald Trump that he is under scrutiny in an ongoing investigation relating to attempts to subvert the results of the 2020 election.

A 'target letter,' delivered to Trump's legal team in recent days, suggests that a subsequent indictment against the former president could be imminent, according to confidential sources associated with the situation.

The target letter was reportedly received by Trump's legal counsel. For further details about the original news report, you can visit the Washington Examiner.

Trump's Response to Target Letter

The correspondence specifically referred to three federal statutes. These include conspiracy to commit an offense or to defraud the United States, deprivation of rights under color of law, and tampering with a witness, victim, or an informant, the sources confirmed.

Reacting to the letter on Tuesday, Trump expressed his concern on his Truth Social media platform. He mentioned receiving the target letter on a Sunday evening, a fact that seemed to irk him.

"I don't think they've ever sent a letter on Sunday night," Trump said. "And they're in a rush because they want to interfere. It's election interference, never been done like this in the history of our country, and it's a disgrace what's happening to our country."

Significance of the Target Letter in Criminal Investigations

Typically, such letters are dispatched to those subject to a criminal investigation. The intent is to notify them that they could soon face an indictment.

In the federal case concerning Trump's alleged mishandling of classified documents, a similar target letter was issued on May 19. Notably, his indictment followed shortly after, on June 8.

The recent target letter, however, was scant on details. It did not clarify how the special counsel's office presumes Trump might have contravened the statutes listed in the letter.

Four Criminal Charges Referred to the Justice Department

After concluding its hearings last year, the House Jan. 6 committee recommended four criminal charges to the Justice Department. These recommended charges encompass conspiracy to defraud the U.S., obstruction of an official proceeding of Congress, conspiracy to make a false statement, and aiding an insurrection.

Just last month, Trump pled not guilty to a 37-count indictment that he mishandled classified documents following his presidential term. Meanwhile, Walt Nauta, a Trump aide and former White House valet, also pled not guilty to six felony counts.

"There are no additional details in the letter and it does not say how the special counsel’s office claims Trump may have violated the statutes listed,” according to the report.

Trump's Legal Woes Continue

The former president is currently defending against 31 counts of violating the Espionage Act. This act penalizes the mismanagement of national security secrets.

Trump has already been indicted twice this year. The looming possibility of two more indictments is connected with the Smith-led Jan. 6 investigation and another case in Fulton County, Georgia, concerning 2020 election interference.

In conclusion, the issues encapsulated in this report include:

  • Special counsel Jack Smith's target letter to former President Trump regarding the ongoing investigation into the attempted overturning of the 2020 election results.
  • The implications of the three federal statutes mentioned in the target letter, which hint at the possibility of another indictment for Trump.
  • The role of target letters in criminal investigations, specifically in relation to the federal case over Trump's alleged mishandling of classified documents.
  • The four criminal charges referred to the Justice Department by the House Jan. 6 committee after concluding its hearings last year.
  • Trump's current legal battles, including a 37-count indictment for mishandling classified documents, and the potential for further indictments related to the Smith Jan. 6 investigation and 2020 election interference in Fulton County, Georgia.

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