Will Donald J. Trump be indicted under the Rico Act?The case for a Federal RICO case against Donald J. Trump and why they should LOCK HIM UP!A. B. Man III12/24/2018Donald J. Trump America’s infamous president should be indicted under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act. Donald J. Trump has violated the RICO act and maybe running what may be an ongoing criminal enterprise. Trump may have used the Trump Foundation, the Trump Organization and other Trump companies as part of that criminal enterprise. Trump has violated the RICO Act by committing at least two acts of racketeering activity committed within ten years of each other. Some of Trump’s family members, associates and employees knowingly or unknowingly may also have violated the RICO Act.A short list of why Donald J. Trump a federal RICO case in waiting?Gaming Violations:Donald J. Trump casinos violated multiple gaming regulations from 1990 until at least 2001.Fraud:Donald J. Trump is currently facing a RICO lawsuit over misleading investors.Donald J. Trump and Family may have committed tax fraud. An investigation by The New York Times found President Trump participated in dubious tax schemes during the 1990s, including instances of outright fraud, which greatly increased the fortune he received from his parents. Trump and or his companies may still be using similar tactics to commit tax fraud.The Trump Foundation was another fraud and the family’s personal piggy bank. The Trump Foundation was shut down for a “shocking pattern of illegality,”. Trump used his charitable organization “as little more than a checkbook to serve Mr. Trump’s business and political interests.” Donald J. Trump and the Trump Foundation may have committed tax fraud as well.Trump Inauguration Donald Trump’s inaugural committee may have misspent some of the $107 million in donations to then President-elect. Some of the committee’s top spenders may have traded money for access to the incoming Trump administration, and may had a “policy concessions or to influence official administration positions”Trump University another was a fraud Donald J. Trump had to pay $25 million dollars to settle that scam.Criminal Campaign Finance Violations:Donald J. Trump committed criminal campaign finance violations when he paid hush money to prevent women from coming forward just before the election. If Trump was not the president Trump would have been indicted right alongside of Michael Cohen.The Trump Organization committed campaign finance violations when it paid Michael Cohen on Trumps behalf to prevent women from coming forward just before the election using false invoices, which are a crime.Money Laundering:Trump’s Taj Mahal Casino was fined $10 million in civil money penalties for willful and repeated violations of the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) after it broke anti-money laundering rules 106 times in its first year and a half of operation in the early 1990s, according to the IRS in a 1998 settlement agreement. They may also be other cases of money laundering or other crimes that Trump may have committed.Obstruction of Justice:Donald J. Trump may have committed obstruction of justice on multiple occasions. Starting when he asked Comey to end the bureau's investigation into retired Gen. Michael Flynn. When Comey did not end the investigation into Flynn Trump fired Comey “over the Russia thing” as Trump put it. Trying to discredit the FBI and Justice Departments investigations and people investigation the Russia-Affair. Firing Sessions for not protecting him form the Russia investigation.Use of Undocumented Workers:Donald J. Trump companies have a pattern of hiring undocumented workers.Witness Tampering:Donald J. Trump may have committed multiple case of witness tampering.Conclusion:We do not know yet what is hidden from public view but what we from publicly available information the case against Donald J. Trump is strong. Donald J. Trump and the companies he has run have shown a pattern of willful criminal wrongdoing and misconduct. Donald J. Trump, some of his family members, employees and some of his associates may be guilty of violating the RICO act multiple times in addition to tax fraud at both the state and federal level and possibly other state crimes Donald J. Trump should go to jail; LOCK HIM UP!
By Steven A. CashThe Congress is now investigating various facets of the president’s political, business, and personal affairs, all in the context of impeachment. I suggest that House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) consider looking to the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) as an organizing principle, and way to articulate why impeachment is moving forward, and how it can be framed. There is impassioned discussion (at least among Democrats) about what the focus of impeachment should be: a sharp focus on Ukraine, or a wider approach which encompasses the myriad potential “high crimes and misdemeanors” which the president may have committed: Ukraine extortion or bribery, Moscow building projects, contacts with Russian diplomats, the various wrongdoings of Trump foundation, accepting funds in the context of hotels throughout the world in exchange for policy change; funds spent on the inauguration, the use of undocumented workers at Trump properties… the list goes on and on. But perhaps the Congress (and the public), like the fabled blind men touching an elephant, are actually looking at various parts of a single whole. We have a set of laws for such a situation, and we should be thinking about them now: RICO. RICO provides powerful criminal penalties for persons who engage in a “pattern of racketeering activity” and who have a specified relationship to an “enterprise” that affects interstate or foreign commerce. Under the RICO statute, “racketeering activity” includes state offenses such as murder, robbery, extortion, and several other serious offenses, punishable by imprisonment for more than one year, and more than 100 serious federal offenses including extortion, interstate theft, narcotics violations, mail fraud fraud, securities fraud, currency reporting violations, certain immigration offenses, and terrorism related offenses. A “pattern” may be comprised of any combination of two or more of these state or federal crimes committed within a statutorily prescribed time period. The basic thrust of RICO is to address situations where the enterprise takes on a criminal life of its own. Although usually associated with organized crime (what the FBI used to call “La Cosa Nostra”), it has been used, with great success in a variety of situations. Rudy Giuliani, of course, the the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York was the great pioneer of the use of RICO. Why is RICO a good framework to think about Trump? RICO was originally conceived to recognize (in the economic sphere) that organization crime was particularly significant. Congress said: “What is needed here . . . are new approaches that will deal not only with individuals, but also with the economic base through which those individuals constitute such a serious threat to the economic well-being of the Nation. In short, an attack must be made on their source of economic power itself, and the attack must take place on all available fronts.” more...
New Trump Probe Looks a Lot Like a RICO Investigation - Barbara McQuadeThe crimes reportedly under investigation—money laundering, fraud, conspiracy—could amount to a criminal enterprise. That’s how my team of prosecutors put away Detroit’s mayor. Referring to a cooperator as a “rat,” President Trump sometimes sounds like a mob boss. He may ultimately be prosecuted like one, too. While some reports say that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation is winding down, it appears that another investigation is just gearing up. According to reports in The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, a grand jury in the Southern District of New York recently issued a subpoena to the Trump inaugural committee, seeking documents relating to donors and spending. According to reports, the subpoena indicates that prosecutors are investigating conspiracy against the United States, false statements, mail fraud, wire fraud, money laundering and violations of campaign finance and inaugural committee laws. In addition, CNN has reported that federal prosecutors in Manhattan have expressed interest in interviewing executives from the Trump Organization. It is impossible to know exactly what the federal prosecutors in Manhattan are investigating, but the wide array of crimes brings to mind a case that was prosecuted in Detroit when I served as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan. Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and several of his associates were convicted under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, also known as RICO. RICO is a statute that was passed in 1970 to prosecute organized crime. Until then, mob bosses would often insulate themselves from criminal exposure by directing underlings to commit crimes. In response, Congress enacted RICO, which, among other things, makes it a crime for any person associated with an enterprise to participate, directly or indirectly, in the conduct of the enterprise’s affairs through a pattern of racketeering activity. Pattern of racketeering activity is defined as two or more acts from a list of criminal offenses, such as mail fraud, wire fraud, and money laundering, some of the very same crimes that SDNY prosecutors are reportedly now investigating. The penalties for violating RICO are heavy–up to 20 years in prison and forfeiture of the proceeds of the racketeering activity.
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