A district attorney in Georgia is reportedly ready to begin handing down indictments against failed, one-term, twice-impeached former president Donald Trump and others as soon as December, according to CNN.
The Georgia prosecutor leading an investigation into efforts by Donald Trump and his allies to overturn the 2020 election is aiming to quickly wrap up the grand jury’s work after the midterm elections and could begin issuing indictments as early as December, sources familiar with the situation tell CNN.
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis has said that her investigation into attempts to subvert the 2020 election will go quiet beginning later this week to avoid any appearance of influencing the upcoming election. But while her investigation will not make any overt moves in the next few weeks, her team is gearing up for a flurry of activity after Election Day.
The reason for the December date is simple, according to former US attorney Michael J. Moore:
The investigation by Willis is tied to the infamous phone call Trump made to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in which the ex-president urged election officials in the Peach State to “fine” the votes needed to guarantee he would be declared the victor in the state, which President Joe Biden won by nearly 12,000 ballots.
Willis is also looking into the selection of alternate and fake electors who would agree to cast their votes for Trump when presenting results to the Electoral College. That action alone is a felony.
Danny Porter, former district attorney for Georgia’s Gwinnett County, explains what Willis is investigating:
Willis has suggested that she may seek to charge Trump and others with RICO charges, which would involve a larger conspiracy of criminal behavior.
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.
Why RICO? Willis explains:
“The reason that I am a fan of RICO is, I think jurors are very, very intelligent. 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.”