target letter

noun

US law
: a letter from a U.S. attorney stating that the person to whom the letter is sent is a target (see target entry 1 sense 2c) in a federal grand jury investigation
The indictments issued Friday were sealed, and Manafort's attorneys did not receive a target letter. …Natasha Bertrand

Examples of target letter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Trump received a similar target letter shortly before Smith, who was appointed in November by U.S. Atty. Sarah D. Wire, Los Angeles Times, 18 July 2023 Trump Investigations More Judge rejects Trump effort to move New York criminal case to federal court Special counsel's office cited 3 federal laws in Trump target letter Special counsel's office contacted former Arizona governor in Trump probe What is a target letter? Graham Kates, CBS News, 19 July 2023 Numerous prosecutors and legal analysts have told USA TODAY that such target letters are a virtual guarantee that the grand jury hearing evidence in the case will hand up some form of indictment to a federal judge, which results in the charges being brought. Josh Meyer, USA TODAY, 28 July 2023 Multiple people familiar with the matter say Trump does not plan to testify this week, despite receiving a target letter giving him until today to do so. Elizabeth Robinson, NBC News, 20 July 2023 Three, the target letter sent to Trump earlier last week apparently mentions three possible charges: conspiracy to defraud the government; obstruction of an official governmental proceeding; and attempting to block some citizens’ right to vote, based on a Reconstruction-era law. Michael Tomasky, The New Republic, 31 July 2023 Trump Investigations More Mar-a-Lago IT employee changed testimony after target letter in Trump probe Who did the Fulton County D.A. indict along with Trump? Melissa Quinn, CBS News, 22 Aug. 2023 On July 18, Trump said that investigators sent him what's called a target letter. George Petras, USA TODAY, 1 Aug. 2023 On Tuesday, Trump said federal prosecutors investigating the attack had sent him a target letter, fueling speculation that he could soon be indicted in the case. Travis Andersen, BostonGlobe.com, 21 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1975, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of target letter was in 1975

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“Target letter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/target%20letter. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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