While many people suspect that Donald Trump could be a subject/target of a grand jury investigation, according to Claude Taylor, a former White House staffer for Clinton, Trump has officially been delivered a sealed target letter that informs him that he is deemed to be a target or subject of a grand jury investigation.
“The notice was hand-delivered last week,” Taylor tweeted this morning. “Source say ‘we must assume that GJ investigation may also serve as basis for impeachment’. This target letter is sealed because of the extraordinary circumstances. Target letter can also be an invite to speak with investigators.”
For those of you unfamiliar with what a target letter is, they are delivered on behalf of federal prosecutors to individuals deemed to be either subjects or targets of an investigation by a grand jury. The terms “subject” and “target” are oftentimes interchangeable, although a target means that you are specifically someone that is being looked at in a criminal investigation as being one of the players involved in a crime, whereas subjects are typically someone that is deemed to be considered somewhere between a witness and a target. Subjects of investigations are individuals whom the grand jury and prosecutors are unsure where they stand, whereas targets typically are looked at as more than likely having some criminal involvement.
Given that this appears to be a “sealed indictment”, the target letter that Trump received probably infers that the investigation has been ongoing for some time now. Normally in sealed indictments, targets are not informed of their status until the investigation is close to ending, as the prosecutors and investigators prefer to keep everything under wraps so that the investigation can move forward without targets being made aware of their status.
Keep in mind that this information is coming from an anonymous source, and it has not been corroborated with any other sources. Claude Taylor has come forward with other information in the past which has turned out to be correct, but we can’t just assume that information from an anonymous source is legitimate until it is corroborated with other sources.