Trump Faces Potential 5-Year Sentence If Convicted of RICO

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( – If former President Donald Trump is charged and convicted under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act in connection to Fani Willis’, the Fulton County District Attorney, the investigation into his attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election, he could end up spending five years in prison according to a legal expert.

CNN legal analyst and former federal prosecutor Elie Honig discussed the possibility of Trump and his allies facing RICO charges as part of the Willis probe and case in a discussion. The statute is usually used when dealing with organized crime cases, allowing prosecutors to assign multiple people who were part of the same scheme with different offenses.

It is expected that Willis will present evidence for this case to a grand jury by Tuesday, August 15, in an attempt to bring forward charges against Trump and his allies. Trump has denied committing any wrongdoings in connection to Willis’ probe. Much like with his other legal woes and cases against him, he has repeatedly claimed that the case in Georgia was politically motivated and constituted part of a “witch hunt.”

During an appearance on CNN, Honig stated that Georgia’s RICO Act had a much broader definition than the federal RICO Act and that those convicted would need to face a minimum jail term if found guilty. She added that the five-year minimum sentence does not even exist in federal law. As she pointed out, if the RICO charges are used in this case, Willis’ office could convince the grand jury that multiple people were collaborating to change the results of the 2020 presidential election.

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