Just a few days after a possible Trump indictment was announced in New York, prosecutors in Atlanta are reportedly thinking about charging Trump with racketeering and conspiracy charges in relation to the highly contested and controversial Georgia election back in 2020.
In November of 2020 Biden “defeated” incumbent President Donald Trump by a narrow margin of votes. However, Trump and many supporters claimed that the election was marred by widespread voter fraud and irregularities, and launched legal challenges in an attempt to overturn the result. These efforts included legal challenges, rallies, and public statements by Trump and his supporters.
Trump repeatedly sought help to overturn the election results from various Republican office-holders, legislators, the Justice Department, and Vice President Pence. Georgia prosecutors opened a criminal investigation into Trump’s efforts to subvert the election in Georgia on February 10, 2021.
“Investigators have a large volume of substantial evidence related to a possible conspiracy from inside and outside the state, including recordings of phone calls, emails, text messages, documents, and testimony before a special grand jury,” CNN reported.
“Their work, the source said, underscores the belief that the push to help Trump was not just a grassroots effort that originated inside the state.”
Racketeering and RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) charges are types of criminal charges that can be brought against individuals who are believed to have participated in a pattern of criminal activity through an organized group or enterprise.
In this case, prosecutors in Georgia are considering bringing racketeering and RICO charges against former President Donald Trump and his associates in connection with their efforts to overturn the 2020 election in Georgia. The charges would likely allege that Trump and his associates engaged in a coordinated effort to commit election fraud, make false statements to state and local governmental bodies, and engage in threats and harassment against election workers.
The timeliness of new conspiracy charges for Trump is ironic. It appears the Democrats are insistent that Trump does not run again in 2024… at all costs.
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis could make decisions on charges this spring and bring her recommendations to the regularly seated grand juries. Trump has denied any criminal wrongdoing and has claimed that Willis, a Democrat, is politically biased:
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis could make decisions on charges this spring, the source said. Willis will bring her charging recommendations to the regularly seated grand juries, who each serve two-month terms. Two regular Fulton County grand juries were seated in early March, and the next batch of two are scheduled to be sworn-in early May.
Investigators have at least three recordings of Trump pressuring Georgia officials, including a phone call that he made to the Georgia House speaker to push for a special session to overturn Democrat Joe Biden’s 2020 victory in the state.
There is also a recording of Trump’s call to a top investigator with the Georgia Secretary of State’s office in December 2020, while they were looking into quashed allegations of irregularities with signature-matching in Cobb County in the Atlanta metropolitan area.
If prosecutors in Georgia decide to bring racketeering and RICO charges against Trump and his associates, they would need to prove that they engaged in a pattern of criminal activity through an organized enterprise. This could involve presenting evidence such as recordings of phone calls, emails, text messages, documents, and testimony from witnesses who can testify to a coordinated effort to overturn the election in Georgia.