What is a target in an investigation?
Prosecutors informed Trump’s lawyers Monday that he is a target. What does that mean?
There are three general categories in criminal investigations: a witness (someone with relevant information), a subject (someone whose conduct is within the realm of the grand jury’s work) and a target (someone prosecutors believe committed a crime).
Prosecutors don’t subpoena targets. Instead, sometimes they send a letter inviting the target to come in and testify if he or she wishes (recall that something similar happened near the end of the Manhattan hush money investigation before Trump was indicted). But sometimes it is done verbally. It’s all a matter of discretion.
Justice Department regulations say: “The prosecutor, in appropriate cases, is encouraged to notify such person a reasonable time before seeking an indictment in order to afford him or her an opportunity to testify before the grand jury.”
Recipients of target letters are often, but not always, indicted.
Trump lawyers were told he is a target in special counsel probe
Trump’s attorneys were told at Monday’s meeting in Washington, D.C., with prosecutors at the Justice Department that Trump is a target of the classified documents investigation, according to two sources briefed on the meeting.
That does not rule out the possibility that his legal team understood or was told he was a target before the meeting. A Justice Department spokesperson declined to comment.
Ex-Trump lawyer previews possible defense strategy
Former Trump lawyer Timothy Parlatore told CBS News that the former president’s team has a defense plan should an indictment come down that includes alleging prosecutors committed misconduct in their investigation.
Parlatore said that the defense team’s plan might have evolved since he left two weeks ago but that lawyers planned to file motions to dismiss any criminal charges because of