TURNS OUT THAT working with a bunch of people doing crimes in order to gain a benefit is a separate crime all on its own.
"they knowingly and willfully joined a conspiracy to unlawfully change the outcome of the election in favor of Trump. That conspiracy contained a common plan and purpose to commit two or more acts of racketeering activity"
The indictment lists 161 criminal acts, many by Trump himself, to support the claim. Fani documented phone calls and meetings and emails and actions and speeches where Trump and his gang worked together (as an enterprise) to convince officials to illegally change the outcome of the election.
I read the entire indictment, all 98 pages, and Fani didn't shrink from her duty. She dug out every single outrage, documented it in detail and charged Trump and company with racketeering. She also charged them with 41 of the crimes separate from the racketeering charge. We finally have an official accounting of Donald Trump's crimes.
IN FAIRNESS, THE 161 CRIMINAL ACTS are a little redundant. Many are sets of 'conspired to', 'attempted to' and 'did do' one thing. The bottom line is that they did a bunch of illegal things that resulted in these foundational crimes:
RACKETEER INFLUENCED AND CORRUPT ORGANIZATIONS (meeting after meeting in the Oval Office, speeches, phone calls and emails to plan crimes)
SOLICITATION OF VIOLATION OF OATH BY A PUBLIC OFFICER ("just find eleven thousand votes", "call a special session of the legislature", "just say it's a flawed election and let me and Congress do the rest")
FALSE STATEMENTS AND WRITINGS (so, so many; turns out it's illegal to lie to officials (baskets of ballots, evidence of fraud, and such) and that lies elsewhere constitute evidence)
NOT ONLY WERE THE FALSE ELECTORS an immoral attempt to prevent legitimate votes from being counted, they were committing crimes:
IMPERSONATING A PUBLIC OFFICER (the electors pretended they were valid electors and are being charged as part of the conspiracy)
FORGERY IN THE FIRST DEGREE (they fabricated official looking documents and filed them with the government, ie, Pence, et al)
- two crimes, included in the statute as designated predicate acts, which are part of the same scheme, without the added burden of showing that the defendant would continue the conduct or had been guilty of like conduct before the incidents charged as a RICO violation
- these offenses were not committed as an occasional practice but were part of a systematic and ongoing pattern over a number of years concealed by a scheme of subterfuge and intimidation
- the defendant was the perpetrator and direct beneficiary of a pattern of racketeering activity and not merely a victim or passive instrumentality, would subject defendant to RICO liability
- evidence that the operator through a pattern of racketeering activity, i.e., mail fraud, acquired an interest in or control of money was sufficient to find liability
AND, for your FALSE STATEMENTS AND WRITINGS pleasure:
A person who knowingly and willfully falsifies, conceals, or covers up by any trick, scheme, or device a material fact; makes a false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or representation; or makes or uses any false writing or document, knowing the same to contain any false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or entry
THE BOTTOM LINE ON THIS is that Fani has way, way more than enough to put Trump in jail. She will have to get past the blizzard of bullshit Trump is sure to provide. She will have to deal with the winnowing of charges as they claim federal precedence and executive privilege. But, if they manage to confuse, deny and eliminate 90% of the charges, she still has way, way more than enough to put Trump (and Rudy Giulani and Sidney Powell) in jail.