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Trump says he is target of Jan. 6 investigation

Former President Donald Trump said he was given four days to report to the grand jury, "which always means an arrest and indictment."
Posted at 9:51 AM, Jul 18, 2023

Former President Donald Trump revealed that he was informed on Sunday that he is the target of an investigation into the events of January 6, 2021, when a group of his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol.

In a post on Truth Social, Trump added that he was given four days to report to the grand jury, "which always means an arrest and indictment."

"This witch hunt is all about election interference and a complete and total political weaponization of law enforcement," Trump said. 

Special counsel Jack Smith is leading the investigation into the events of Jan. 6. He has not publicly commented on the target letter. 

CBS News reported Wednesday that possible charges against Trump included "conspiracy to defraud the U.S., witness tampering and deprivation of rights under the color of law." Scripps News has not independently confirmed the nature of possible charges.

If the former president is indicted, this would be his third indictment this year. 

He was indicted in New York on 34 counts of falsifying business records. The charges stem from an alleged scheme to purchase and bury negative information about himself ahead of the 2016 presidential election. The New York district attorney claims Trump then "went to great lengths to hide this conduct, causing dozens of false entries in business records. 

Trump's other indictment involves the handling of classified documents. He was indicted in June by a federal grand jury on 34 charges, including conspiracy to obstruct, making false statements and willful retention of documents. A pretrial conference hearing is scheduled in the case on Tuesday. 

Trump, who is running for president, claims the indictments are an attempt to stifle his campaign. The latest Morning Consult poll shows him with a double-digit lead over his Republican rivals. He trails President Joe Biden by two points in a hypothetical rematch of the 2020 presidential election.

Former Alabama Gov. Asa Hutchinson was the first Republican contender to respond to the news about another possible indictment of Trump, saying the former president is not a victim. 

"Anyone who truly loves this country and is willing to put the country over themselves would suspend their campaign for President of the United States immediately," he said. "It is disappointing that Donald Trump refuses to do so."