Details emerge on new Trump grand jury investigation

 July 20, 2023

Special Counsel Jack Smith made headlines last month when he indicted former President Donald Trump on 37 felony charges related to his handling of classified documents.

Smith was in the spotlight again earlier this week after Trump announced he is the target of a grand jury investigating January 6. According to NBC News, new details about the case have since emerged. 

Three federal statutes mentioned

The network cited "two attorneys with direct knowledge" of Smith's letter who said it mentions "three federal statutes."

The pieces of legislation in question are said to cover deprivation of rights, conspiracy to defraud the United States government, and tampering with a witness.

However, the attorneys were quick to point out that there is no guarantee Trump will be charged under the named statutes or that charges under additional laws may not be forthcoming.

Trump says he expects to be arrested

Fox News noted that for his part, Trump reacted to the letter by lashing out at Smith on Tuesday in a series of posts on Truth Social.

"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," the former president wrote.

"So now, Joe Biden’s Attorney General, Merrick Garland, who I turned down for the United States Supreme Court (in retrospect, based on his corrupt and unethical actions, a very wise decision!), together with Joe Biden’s Department of Injustice, have effectively issued a third indictment and arrest of Joe Biden’s NUMBER ONE POLITICAL OPPONENT, who is largely dominating him in the race for the Presidency," Trump added.

Other Republicans also reacted angrily to the news, including Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, who told reporters that it is "absolute bulls--t."

Kevin McCarthy says Trump investigation is "not equal justice"

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy argued that the move was politically motivated, tweeting that "President Trump just increased his lead in the polls."

"So what does the Biden Administration do next? Weaponize government to go after President Biden’s number one opponent," McCarthy added.


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