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Second Trump Federal Indictment Appears Imminent

Former President Donald Trump faces a likely second federal indictment, this time for his efforts to overturn the 2020 election, judging from a target letter sent to Trump on Sunday by special counsel Jack Smith, ABC News reports. While the nature of any possible charges could not be learned, Trump himself posted on Truth Social that the letter gave him "a very short 4 days to report to the Grand Jury, which almost always means an Arrest and Indictment." Trump's post called Smith "deranged" and the Justice Department a tool to neutralize "Joe Biden's NUMBER ONE POLITICAL OPPONENT."

Trump similarly received a target letter from Smith before he was indicted by a grand jury in Florida for his alleged mishandling of classified documents after leaving the White House and his alleged efforts to obstruct the government's investigation. Smith took control of the sprawling Justice Department investigation into the failed efforts by Trump and his allies to thwart his election loss upon his appointment as special counsel 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 lost to President Joe Biden. Investigators have also sought information on Trump's actions and his state of mind in the days leading up to and on Jan. 6, 2021, when thousands of Trump supporters attacked the U.S. Capitol, temporarily disrupting the certification and causing lawmakers and former Vice President Pence to flee the building.


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