(PoliticalLookout.com)- Rudy Giuliani, the personal attorney for former President Donald Trump, may soon face racketeering charges in Georgia.
Fani Willis, who is the new district attorney in Georgia’s largest county, Fulton County, said Giuliani could face the charges for repeatedly making false claims about fraud in the 2020 presidential election.
Willis believes that the charge could actually be applied to anyone who makes an overt act for an illegal purpose by using a legal entity. The district attorney said it would apply to Giuliani in this case based on allegations that he and Trump both tried to pressure officials in Georgia to change the outcome of the election.
The charge could be levied under the 1970 Racketeer Influence and Corrupt Organizations Act. Better known as the RICO Act, it was created to combat organized crime, but it also encompasses other charges such as murder, bribery and kidnapping.
The term racketeering gives law enforcement a wide net with which to levy charges. As G. Robert Blakey, who serves as a professor of federal criminal law at Notre Dame University, told CNN recently:
“(Racketeering’s) not a specific crime — it’s a way of thinking about and prosecuting a variety of crimes.”
While RICO has mostly been used to combat organized crime rings, Willis said it could also apply to this election case since she said it involves a lawful organization allegedly breaking the law. She said:
“If you have various overt acts for an illegal purpose, I think you can — you may — get there.”
Giuliani hasn’t shied away from making claims that the President Joe Biden fraudulently won the 2020 presidential election. Other than Trump himself, Giuliani was one of the most outspoken people on the former president’s side.
One of his allegations has found him facing other civil charges. Giuliani alleged that companies such as Smartmatic and Dominion, who produce election software, had their products flip votes from Trump to Biden on election day and after.
In January, Dominion levied a lawsuit against Giuliani, claiming more than $1.3 billion in damages. They accused him of creating “a viral disinformation campaign about Dominion.”
Giuliani made more than 50 statements about election fraud, according to Dominion’s lawsuit.
On December 3 specifically, Giuliani told a committee of the Georgia State Senate that “there’s more than ample evidence to conclude this election was a sham.”
Then, on December 30, he claimed to the committee that 10,315 dead people voted in Georgia’s election. According to a New York Times report, an investigation found only two such instances of voting occurred.
Other officials in Georgia are not happy with Giuliani’s actions, either. The COO for the secretary of state in Georgia, Gabriel Sterling, said Trump’s personal lawyer showed an edited video to state senators that was supposed to support his claims of fraud.
Prosecutors in Georgia have also launched a criminal investigation into the actions of Trump himself with regard to election results in the state. In that case, Willis has asked all major officials in the state to preserve all records relating to the election for possible legal purposes.