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Donald Trump ‘Tried to Defraud’ America

Attorneys with direct knowledge of the letter sent to former President Donald Trump by special counsel Jack Smith on Sunday night say that three federal statutes were cited in the document.  

Donald Trump speaking at CPAC 2011 in Washington, D.C. Image by Gage Skidmore.
Donald Trump speaking at CPAC 2011 in Washington, D.C.

Here Are the Statutes Jack Smith Cites In Latest Donald Trump Letter – Attorneys with direct knowledge of the letter sent to former President Donald Trump by special counsel Jack Smith on Sunday night say that three federal statutes were cited in the document.  

According to the lawyers, the statutes mentioned in the correspondence relate to a conspiracy to defraud the United States, tampering with a witness, and the deprivation of rights. 

The Latest Donald Trump Letter Explained 

The former president announced on Tuesday that he received a letter from special counsel Jack Smith informing him that he is a “target” of an ongoing investigation into the January 6, 2021 riots and the alleged effort to prevent the peaceful transfer of power to the incoming Biden administration. 

In a statement shared on Truth Social, the former president called Smith “deranged” and boasted about his performance in a recent poll of Republican voters. 

“On Sunday night, while I was with my family, having just arrived from the Turning Point event in Florida, where I won the Straw Poll against all other Republican candidates with 85.7%, with all polls showing me leading in the Republican Primary by very substantial numbers, almost everyone predicting that I will be the Republican Nominee for President, and as I am leading Democrat Joe Biden in the polls by a lot, HORRIFYING NEWS for our Country was given to me by my attorneys,” Trump wrote. 

The former president also announced that Smith requested that he appear before the Grand Jury in a “very short 4 days” which he said “almost always means an Arrest and Indictment.” 

What It Means 

Former President Trump is the latest in a long list of people to appear before the grand jury, with his son-in-law Jared Kushner testifying in June over questions about the former president’s actions. Kushner and others were quizzed about the former president’s words and actions in the weeks leading up to the January 6 riot and efforts to prevent the peaceful transfer of power.  

The context of the three federal statutes cited in the letter is not yet known, though with the former president set to appear before the Grand Jury any time now, more details could soon be known.  

A possible additional indictment of the former president already has Republicans outraged, with Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy this week telling reporters that he expects it of the Biden administration. 

“Well I guess under a Biden administration, Biden America, you’d expect this,” McCarthy said.  

“If you’d noticed, recently, President Trump went up in the polls and was actually surpassing President Biden for re-election. So what do they do now? Weaponize government, go after their No. 1 opponent.” 

Jack Buckby is 19FortyFive’s Breaking News Editor. He is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society. 

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Jack Buckby is 19FortyFive's Breaking News Editor. He is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.