any thorough RICO investigation will catch entire GOP as a party in its dragnet #hint
— Will's 'DeSantis & Abbott' Law Firm & Fish Tackle (@bywillpollock) February 3, 2021
(This post has updates below including addition of Publix heiress funding sedition.)
Part of my mission here at CrankyYank HQ is to boil stuff down and spot trends. And I feel like national media’s been dancing around edges of looming scandal: republican officials who participated in sedition should probably start planning their RICO defense now.
One political party with functioning adults (Democrats) will need to investigate the other—demonstrably filled with wrongdoers who have, to varying degrees, coordinated funding and planning of criminal activities. Prosecuting congressional colleagues creates an awkward-but-necessary dynamic from which Democrats should NOT shrink.
For those playing Coordinated Treason Home Game, quick explainer: Organized Crime Control Act of 1970, RICO (Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) allows law enforcement to investigate and prosecute groups of folk engaged in coordinated criminality. RICO has been used to prosecute organized crime, but also Major League Baseball and corrupt poh-poh departments. (Read the RICO wiki page for more.)
WAPO: FBI PROBE OF U.S. CAPITOL RIOT FINDS EVIDENCE OF COORDINATION
Check out NYPD Sergeant Dana M. Martillo — here with Trump patches on her vest last night.
Anything political on the uniform is against department policy.
And she’s wearing her mask wrong. Smh… https://t.co/BMa9hFA9LQ
— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) February 6, 2021
The RICO law was crafted to help prosecutors convict top Mafia leaders who ordered others to commit crimes. RICO cases are complex, often take years to develop, and require approval from Justice Department leadership
As has been widely reported, lots of sub-groups like Oathkeepers and others were actively organizing plans for 6 January sedition-bonanza. Many rioters appeared to have ample knowledge about their invaded landscape, which likely required insider help. We still don’t have any further details about members of congress giving tours to seditionistas the day prior to Capitol attack. Not only do visitors leave paper trails in the form of logs but there is likely CCTV footage of their visits, too.
Point of my post is simple: once Biden’s Department of Justice starts peeling sedition onion it’ll reveal MANY additional networked-layers that deserve scrutiny. Setting aside Tangerine Nixon who’s the head of the snake, here’s an incomplete list of seditious-GOP folk who are about to go through some things:
A wife of a U.S. Supreme Court Justice funded an operation of domestic terrorists to attack the U.S. Capitol to help hold hostage elected leaders and staff, in an effort to overturn an election and prevent a peaceful transition of power, of which people died and were injured. https://t.co/mac7w0nuIl
— Alexandra Chalupa (@AlexandraChalup) January 9, 2021
here's when I pop in to remind Clarence Thomas NEVER RECUSED HIMSELF from issues Ginni was *actively pushing*
he needs to resign
— Will's 'DeSantis & Abbott' Law Firm & Fish Tackle (@bywillpollock) January 9, 2021
Jack Posobiec & Roger Stone
Roger Stone first launched "Stop the Steal" in 2016 and passed it onto extremist protégés like Jack Posobiec and Ali Alexander.
— Michael Edison Hayden (@MichaelEHayden) February 5, 2021
I think Lauren Boebert's stay in Congress may be mercifully short. She gave "detailed" tours of the Capitol to her QAnon-radicalized mother prior to the terrorist attack. (h/t @bywillpollock) https://t.co/VFGmDw78vu pic.twitter.com/KjOInAPlsM
— Eric Garland (@ericgarland) January 16, 2021
Marjorie Taylor Greene
MCCARTHY PUT MADGE ON EDUCATION COMMITTEE FFShttps://t.co/BERVvxkQ5M
— Will's 'DeSantis & Abbott' Law Firm & Fish Tackle (@bywillpollock) January 29, 2021
Bob & Bekkah Mercer
The Mercer family bankrolled far right candidates, the "big lie" that Trump won the election, and even the January 6th insurrectionists. If you need a concrete example of the threat that dark money poses for our democracy, this is it.https://t.co/QY9nJY0CMq
— Citizens for Ethics (@CREWcrew) February 4, 2021
Republican Attorneys General Association
BREAKING – the Executive Director of the Republican AG Association, Adam Piper, has resigned after the fallout from a robocall placed by a RAGA fundraising arm to urge Trump supporters to march on the US Capitol on January 6th as per a RAGA spokesperson. #CapitolRiot
— Laura Strickler (@strickdc) January 11, 2021
Josh Hawley & Ted Cruz
— Will's 'DeSantis & Abbott' Law Firm & Fish Tackle (@bywillpollock) January 24, 2021
Fixed Noise aka SeditionTV™
— Donald Wilkerson (@withinflyer) February 6, 2021
Since RICO is current in people’s minds—I mean while the iron’s hot—we should also rewind to that sweeping conspiracy to steal 2016 election too. We cannot cosign any of this to history by “moving on.”
Updates as events warrant. As always, if you have information that can help me advance this story please reach out. 🔵
The Justice Department is considering whether to charge members of far-right groups involved in the Capitol insurrection under a federal law usually used against organized crime. https://t.co/iV7VnDlR0J
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) February 4, 2021
UPDATE: I included Billionaire Anarchy Funders The Mercers but neglected to mention Publix heiress and monied oligarch Julie Jenkins Fancelli shelling out $300k of couch-cushion cash to fund sedition. I’ve also added Lindsey Graham above because he’ll end up being a major link in the RICO chain: why did he turn on a dime as “principled republican” to sniveling sycophant and then later to active-sedition participant? He was blocking AG-designee Merrick Garland probably because he’s frightened by what Garland will make public after he’s confirmed. Given how Graham morphed to *spectacularly* hypocritical political operative we need an audit of his “win” against Jamie Harrison, too.
Jan. 6 Rally Funded by Top Trump Donor, Helped by Alex Jones, Organizers Say
— Roshan Rinaldi (@Roshan_Rinaldi) February 1, 2021
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