(This post has updates below including addition of Publix heiress funding sedition and a new headline to better reflect sweeping investigation into gop malfeasance. As of 11 July 2023, a new grand jury is being empaneled in Fulton County to decide fate of gop’s criminal enterprise, which could include, if past reporting is accurate, RICO charges.)

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.

Jan 6 sedition: Reducing America to warring factions has ALWAYS been Russia’s goal [UPDATED]

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.)


In a piece shared by Twitter pal and former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner, Reuters reporters Mark Hosenball & Sarah N. Lynch summarize:

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:

Ginni Thomas

Clarence Thomas

Jack Posobiec & Roger Stone

Lauren Boebert

Marjorie Taylor Greene

Bob & Bekkah Mercer

Republican Attorneys General Association

Josh Hawley & Ted Cruz

Lindsey Graham

Fixed Noise aka SeditionTV™

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 consign 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. 🔵

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.

UPDATE 2 (25 Jan 2022): Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis ain’t playin’ around. Former Nixon White House counsel John Dean discovered an “Easter Egg” in Fani Willis’ filing that spells trouble for serial-felony-doer The Former Guy. And his henchfolk, too, for that matter.

We recently learned Willis was granted a special-grand jury in my home district, which spells very big trouble for all the crims who tried to overturn the will of American people. Watch this space as more updates will be coming.

UPDATE 3 (27 Jan 2022): HuffPost’s S.V. Date has a jaw-dropping post up elucidating how a large batch of Qpubs are facing jail time over electoral forgeries.

Date’s lede sentence: “Dozens of local and state Republican leaders who showed their loyalty to [TFG] by casting fake electoral votes for him a year ago may now face prison time in return for that devotion.” Dozens, you say? If you’ve been following my reporting here and on Twitter that should be both welcome news and 100% unsurprising.

UPDATE 4 (21 June 2022): Ron Johnson has a fake-elector problem. Kremlin Ron made last-ditch effort to save Casino Mobster from certain incarceration. Watch below:

UPDATE 5 (11 July 2023): as mentioned above, a new grand jury is being empaneled in Fulton County to reportedly consider charges against The Former Guy’s mob. Although the Washington Post piece doesn’t mention RICO, we should all keep eyes peeled on whether (or not) forthcoming indictments are part of a broader-RICO narrative/strategy that, as AP’s Kate Brumback notes, “allows prosecutors to bring charges against multiple people that they believe committed separate crimes while working toward a common goal.”

If you’d like to jump in my megathread (30 updates and counting) you can do that right here.


Will Pollocksideways is a perpetually crabby New York City escapee based in Midtown Atlanta. He’s a freelance multimedia journalist, media analyst and author of two books (award-winning Pizza for Good & Leaving Triscuit), with more on the way.

In 2001, Will earned his Masters from The Medill School of Journalism, graduating with highest honors from the magazine sequence. As permanent member of Journalism’s National Honors Society, he’s been active in monitoring, writing and blogging about media and journalism ever since he graduated.

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5 thoughts

  1. Brilliant blog, tweets, etc! Unfortunately, only just today discovered you. Will be a long-time fan, I’m sure.
    Typo above, in the sentence “We cannot cosign any of this to history” cosign should be consign.

    Please keep up the wonderful work. You encouraged me today. Thank you.


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