Jack Smith is the special counsel in charge of the investigation into efforts to overturn the 2020 elections. He has informed former president Donald Trump that he would be a target.
Trump confirmed this news in a post on his Truth Social platform.
Sources claim that the letter was sent in recent days to Trump’s attorneys. Although it is not clear what charges Trump may face, the letter could be a sign of another indictment.
In criminal investigations, target letters are sent to inform a subject of the possibility of an indictment.
Trump was sent a similar letter by Smith before he faced charges from a Florida grand juror for mishandling classified materials and attempting to obstruct a criminal investigation.
Smith took control of the sprawling Justice Department investigation into efforts by Trump and his supporters to overthrow the election in November of last year, and in recent months dozens of witnesses have appeared to testify before a federal grand jury in Washington, D.C.
According to sources, prosecutors have questioned witnesses specifically about the efforts to put forward false slates of so-called false electors that were to have cast electoral college votes during the certification for Trump in key swing states that he supposedly lost to Joe Biden.
Investigators also want to know about Trump’s mental state and actions in the days leading up to and on the day of the attack by thousands of Trump supporters against the U.S. Capitol. The disruption of the certification caused some lawmakers to leave, including former Vice President Pence.
Trump was charged with 37 criminal counts last month over his handling of classified materials. Smith’s prosecutors claim that he has refused to return documents containing classified information ranging from U.S. nucleic secrets to the nation’s defense capabilities.
The former President also pleaded not guilty to a Manhattan District Attorney’s 34-count indictment accusing him of falsifying business records in relation to an adult film actress Stormy Daniels’s hush money payment just days before the 2016 Presidential election.