By Mark Alley
What a “long strange trip it’s been,” just in the course of one weekend, with Hillary Rodham Clinton as the general locus. But let’s not talk about the trip — let’s talk about RICO.
I believe I could readily generate sufficient probable cause to suggest that Hillary Rodham Clinton, William Jefferson Clinton, Loretta Elizabeth Lynch, James Brien Comey and Andrew McCabe, along with Huma Abedin, Anthony Weiner (aka Carlos Danger), Cheryl Mills and Barack Hussein Obama should be charged under US RICO statutes.
What is RICO? It is delineated under 18 USC § 1961, a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization:
Is a United States federal law that provides for extended criminal penalties and a civil cause of action for acts performed as part of an ongoing criminal organization. The RICO Act focuses specifically on racketeering, and it allows the leaders of a syndicate to be tried for the crimes which they ordered others to do or assisted them in doing, closing a perceived loophole that allowed a person who instructed someone else to, for example, murder, to be exempt from the trial because he did not actually commit the crime personally.
Under RICO, a person who has committed “at least two acts of racketeering activity” drawn from a list of 35 crimes—27 federal crimes and 8 state crimes—within a 10-year period can be charged with racketeering if such acts are related in one of four specified ways to an “enterprise”. Those found guilty of racketeering can be fined up to $25,000 and sentenced to 20 years in prison per racketeering count. In addition, the racketeer must forfeit all ill-gotten gains and interest in any business gained through a pattern of “racketeering activity.”
When the U.S. Attorney decides to indict someone under RICO, he or she has the option of seeking a pre-trial restraining order or injunction to temporarily seize a defendant’s assets and prevent the transfer of potentially forfeitable property, as well as require the defendant to put up a performance bond. This provision was placed in the law because the owners of Mafia-related shell corporations often absconded with the assets. An injunction and/or performance bond ensures that there is something to seize in the event of a guilty verdict.
I believe I could make an excellent argument for its application.