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Former President Trump Faces Criminal Investigation By Special Counsel

Trump receives target letter indicating charges related to election interference and obstruction

Special counsel Jack Smith is pursuing three federal statutes against former President Donald Trump. This includes charges related to conspiracy to commit an offense or to defraud the U.S., deprivation of rights under color of law, and obstruction of an official proceeding to tamper with a witness, victim, or informant.

“What Happened is that Trump on Monday received a target letter from the special counsel’s office, indicating that he is the subject of a criminal investigation into his actions following the 2020 election,” said Benzinga.

The target letter is the clearest indication yet that the former president Trump could soon face charges related to his attempts to overturn the 2020 election. “Smith is constructing a case centered on Trump’s actions following the revelation that claiming the 2020 election was rigged might expose him to legal consequences,” said CBS News sources familiar with the grand jury investigation to the publication.

The special counsel is also reportedly examining a potential criminal conspiracy by Trump to obstruct the congressional certification of Electoral College votes in the previous elections.

Rep. Garret Graves (R-LA) walks to House Republican Conference meeting at the U.S. Capitol Building on July 18, 2023, in Washington, DC. As members walked to the conference meeting reporters asked questions on topics pertaining to House Democrats recent resolution to censure Rep. George Santos (R-NY) and former U.S. President Donald Trump’s announcement that he is a target in Special Counsel Jack Smith’s investigation into the January 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. ANNA MONEYMAKER/GETTY IMAGES.

Why It Matters: The investigation by Smith has been ongoing since last November, focusing on alleged efforts to interfere with the peaceful transfer of power, including the attack on the Capitol on Jan.6.

“This development comes as a significant blow for Trump, who is already surrounded by legal troubles after being indicted twice recently,” said Benzinga. 

Earlier this year, Trump became the first former president to face charges when he was charged in April with a hush money payment to an adult film star. In June, he pleaded not guilty to a second set of criminal charges in federal court tied to classified documents found at his Mar-a-Lago residence. 

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Edited by Judy J. Rotich and Newsdesk Manager

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