Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’s indictment of former President Donald Trump over his post-electoral conduct in 2020 is a nuclear bomb where a ‘legal’ bullet would do the trick. Her RICO indictment casts a wide net seeking to get her white whale, namely Trump himself, by any means necessary.
“It is a Rico charge, primarily,” Rep. Ken Buck, R-Colo., told MSNBC, referring to racketeering law under which Trump and others are charged. “And in my view as a former federal prosecutor and state prosecutor, the federal indictment [against Trump for election subversion, on four counts] could have been a Rico indictment. They didn’t choose to go the Rico route, and I think properly so.
“Rico was meant to cover mafia cases, it was meant to cover international drug organizations.”
The Georgia charge, Buck said, was “really a nuclear bomb where a bullet would have been appropriate, and I think the scope of this charge is really something that should have been done at the federal level if it was going to be done at all.”
Trump faces 13 counts in the 98-page indictment. He is joined by his Chief of Staff Mark Meadows: former attorneys Rudolph Giuliani, Jenna Ellis, and Sidney Powell; and at least a dozen others facing charges.
Buck contends that it will be hard to prove that Trump had criminal intent.
It will be less of an open and closed case in contrast with the classified documents case in which the former president openly admitted that he retained documents that he had not declassified.
“There were people around him who said that he lost. There are people around him who said that he didn’t lose, that the election was stolen. And I think to show his mental state in both the federal election case as well as this election case, is going to be very difficult,” Buck said.
Dershowitz: Willis Criminalizing Things Democrats Have Done
Her indictment criminalizes things that the Democrats had engaged in themselves in 2000, 2004, and in 2016.
Former Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz notes that the Gore campaign did the exact same things in 2000 in the run-up to the Bush v. Gore lawsuit that resulted in Democrats refusing to accept George W. Bush as legitimate.
Dershowitz should know. He personally represented Gore that year.
“We challenged the election, and we did much of the things that are being done today and people praised us. I wrote a bestselling book called ‘Supreme Injustice. Now they’re making it a crime,” Dershowitz said.
He believes these indictments are part of a strategy to entrap Trump before the 2024 election thus ensuring a Biden victory.
“I predict there’ll be some convictions,” Dershowitz said during an appearance on “Bannon’s War Room,” a podcast hosted by former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon. “I think the strategy is to get bad convictions, but to get them fast in New York and Florida, in Washington, and in Fulton County.
Dershowitz continued, “The whole ‘get Trump’ approach is to get him before the election, convict him before the election, and then he wins on appeal.”
Indictment Not Likely to Impact GOP Support
Trump continued to enjoy overwhelming Republican support despite the indictments.
Sixty-three percent of Republicans say they want Trump as their nominee, The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found in its most recent poll.
However, Trump faces serious electability questions in the general election.
Fifty-three percent of Americans say they would not vote for him if the Republicans nominate him.
John Rossomando is a defense and counterterrorism analyst and served as Senior Analyst for Counterterrorism at The Investigative Project on Terrorism for eight years. His work has been featured in numerous publications such as The American Thinker, The National Interest, National Review Online, Daily Wire, Red Alert Politics, CNSNews.com, The Daily Caller, Human Events, Newsmax, The American Spectator, TownHall.com, and Crisis Magazine. He also served as senior managing editor of The Bulletin, a 100,000-circulation daily newspaper in Philadelphia, and received the Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors first-place award for his reporting.
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