Legal Expert Warns Trump Not The Only Target In Looming Indictment
Former President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday that he has been informed by Special Counsel Jack Smith that a grand jury investigation has been opened in Jan. 6, and that he “expects to face both an arrest and indictment” from the investigation.
According to a government source with direct knowledge of the situation, Smith’s office sent a target letter to Trump on Sunday informing him of the investigation. Trump made the announcement in a post on Truth Social on Tuesday.
“Deranged Jack Smith, Prosecutor with Joe Biden’s DOJ, sent a letter (again it was a Sunday night!) stating that I am the TARGET of the January 6th Grand Jury Investigation, and giving me a very short four days to report to the Grand Jury, which almost always means an arrest an indictment,” Trump wrote on Truth Social.
Trump went on to accuse Biden and his incoming administration of essentially “issuing a third indictment and arrest of Joe Biden’s NUMBER ONE POLITICAL OPPONENT,” and further noted that “nothing like this has ever happened in our Country before, or even close.”
The announcement comes after Attorney General Merrick Garland was officially approved to helm the Justice Department earlier this month, and the Trump-Russia investigation that began in 2016. According to a highly-anticipated report released by Special Counsel John Durham in May, the investigation “never should have been opened.”
Trump can now add a fourth potential indictment to his list as well, as the former President pointed to potential criminal charges stemming from an ongoing investigation in Atlanta concerning whether he pressured election officials to change the outcome of the 2020 election.
The grand jury investigation in Jan. 6, however, is the first federal criminal charge against a former President in American history. Trump has already entered a plea of “not guilty” to the 37 federal charges issued in Smith’s classified records investigation this spring, which includes, among other things, willful retention of national defense information and false statements.
Trump has gone to great lengths to defend himself in his post, noting that he has the “right to protest an Election,” and further alleging that the Democratic party "cheated on the elections." Trump also accused the Department of Justice of “weaponizing” law enforcement and claimed the investigations against him were “hoaxes and scams” meant to stop him from fighting for the American people.
“THIS WITCH HUNT IS ALL ABOUT ELECTION INTERFERENCE AND A COMPLETE AND TOTAL POLITICAL WEAPONIZATION OF LAW ENFORCEMENT,” Trump wrote. “It is a very sad and dark period for our Nation!”
Smith has yet to release any official comments concerning the alleged grand jury investigation or the target letter sent to Trump. Whether Trump will ultimately face an arrest and/or indictment remains to be seen, as the investigation continues.
It won’t just be Trump named in a Jan 6 indictment. DOJ/Smith love conspiracy charges and every conspiracy count—obstruction, seditious, etc—needs at least one co-conspirator.
Prepare for lawyers, WH officials, campaign aides, and maybe GOP House members to be indicted, too.
— Julie Kelly 🇺🇸 (@julie_kelly2) July 18, 2023