The issuance of a so-called target letter often signals that an investigation is nearly complete and that the filing of criminal charges is imminent. A "target" is an individual whom federal prosecutors determine to be linked to a crime via substantial evidence.
John Solomon reports that the target letter indicated Trump could be charged with unlawfully "gathering, transmitting or losing" national defense information, as well as making false statements and obstructing justice. He says charges could come as soon as this week.
Trump had more than 300 classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago residence. After the National Archives retrieved 150 of them, the FBI raided Trump's home and found more. The actual substance of the documents is unclear, and over-classification is a widely-recognized phenomenon. In the absence of clarity over what the documents cover, liberal pundits typically fill the void with sensationalistic assumptions that Trump endangered national security.
After news of the target letter broke, Trump vented via his social media platform, Truth Social, saying, "No one has told me I'm being indicted, and I shouldn't be because I've done NOTHING wrong, but I have assumed for years that I am a Target of the WEAPONIZED DOJ & FBI."
The decision to charge rests with special counsel Jack Smith, who was appointed by Attorney General Merrick Garland to oversee the investigation into Trump's handling of classified documents and other presidential records. At the same time, he was appointed to investigate allegations of interference with the transfer of presidential power.
Trump's lawyers met with Smith on Monday, in what Trump confidants told the Times was a last-ditch attempt to dissuade Smith from filing charges. They also advanced accusations of prosecutorial misconduct. According to Solomon, they center on allegations that a prosecutor "tried to influence a key witness by discussing a federal judgeship with the witness's lawyer."