January 6

Indictments could come by December over Trump’s effort to overturn 2020 election: Georgia prosecutor

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The Georgia prosecutor investigating former President Donald Trump‘s efforts to invalidate the state’s 2020 election results could be issuing indictments as soon as December, CNN reports.

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis said that while her investigation will ramp down in the coming weeks due to the upcoming election, it will resume after election day.

“I think her hands are tied, certainly, until after the midterms,” former US attorney for the Middle District of Georgia Michael J. Moore told CNN. “She wants to pull some of the politics out of it, so to ensure that the investigation is not forgotten, instead of sort of rattling the sabers and subpoenaing other witnesses you would just say you know we’re going to take this time to reflect on the investigation.”

From CNN:

Willis has said she could pursue RICO – Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations – charges as part of her investigation. Racketeering charges, sometimes used in gang-related activity, allow prosecutors to bring charges against multiple defendants. Willis could use the law to try to make the case that Trump and his allies were part of a criminal enterprise in their various efforts to pressure state officials, put forth fake electors and otherwise try to influence the election.

While some legal experts have questioned whether such an approach would be successful in the case of election interference, Willis has made clear her affection for the RICO statute.

“The reason that I am a fan of RICO is, I think jurors are very, very intelligent,” Willis said at a news conference about a broad gang-related indictment over the summer. “They want to know what happened. They want to make an accurate decision about someone’s life. And so, RICO is a tool that allows a prosecutor’s office and law enforcement to tell the whole story.”

Read the full report over at CNN

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