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Rudy Giuliani complained about being prosecuted with the RICO laws that he pioneered to use against mobsters

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Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani leaves the U.S. District Court on May 19, 2023 in Washington, DC.

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Rudy Giuliani complained about being charged under the RICO act. 
The laws were used by Giuliani as a prosecutor to charge mafia bosses. 
The new charges relate to Giuliani’s alleged bid to overturn the 2020 election. 

Rudy Giuliani, the man once described as “America’s mayor,” has criticized the use of his own racketeering laws to indict him and other associates of former President Donald Trump.

Giuliani established his reputation as a US attorney in the 1980s by using Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) to pursue mafia chiefs in New York, but now finds himself facing charges under those same statutes. 

Georgia District Attorney Fani Willis this week charged Giuliani, Trump, and other associates for their attempt to overturn Trump’s 2020 election defeat in the state citing Georgia’s RICO statutes. 

Speaking to radio host John Catsimatidis Thursday, Giuliani discussed allegations by tax official whistleblowers that prosecutors dropped tax crime charges against President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, after allowing the statute of limitations had expired. 

“There is a way around it: The legitimate use of RICO,” said Giuliani. 

“Rather than [how] Fani Willis [is using it]. Not for an election dispute, but for a massive 30-year bribery scheme that was well over $50 million,” he said, referring to corruption allegations leveled against the Biden family reltaing to Hunter Biden’s foreign business dealings. 

“That’s what RICO was written for — for major crimes and for long-term criminal organizations. Even if you believe everything in [Willis’] indictment, it doesn’t allege a long-term criminal [scheme].”

Willis has accused Trump, Giuliani, and 16 associates of being part of a conspiracy to overturn President Joe Biden’s victory in the state. In the indictment, she alleges that Giuliani lied to Georgia lawmakers in a bid to illegally help Trump retain power. 

Giuliani has denied any wrongdoing, in a statement after the indictment accusing prosecutors of abusing state RICO laws. 

“The real criminals here are the people who have brought this case forward both directly and indirectly,” he said.

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Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani leaves the U.S. District Court on May 19, 2023 in Washington, DC.

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Rudy Giuliani complained about being charged under the RICO act. 
The laws were used by Giuliani as a prosecutor to charge mafia bosses. 
The new charges relate to Giuliani’s alleged bid to overturn the 2020 election. 

Rudy Giuliani, the man once described as “America’s mayor,” has criticized the use of his own racketeering laws to indict him and other associates of former President Donald Trump.

Giuliani established his reputation as a US attorney in the 1980s by using Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) to pursue mafia chiefs in New York, but now finds himself facing charges under those same statutes. 

Georgia District Attorney Fani Willis this week charged Giuliani, Trump, and other associates for their attempt to overturn Trump’s 2020 election defeat in the state citing Georgia’s RICO statutes. 

Speaking to radio host John Catsimatidis Thursday, Giuliani discussed allegations by tax official whistleblowers that prosecutors dropped tax crime charges against President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, after allowing the statute of limitations had expired. 

“There is a way around it: The legitimate use of RICO,” said Giuliani. 

“Rather than [how] Fani Willis [is using it]. Not for an election dispute, but for a massive 30-year bribery scheme that was well over $50 million,” he said, referring to corruption allegations leveled against the Biden family reltaing to Hunter Biden’s foreign business dealings. 

“That’s what RICO was written for — for major crimes and for long-term criminal organizations. Even if you believe everything in [Willis’] indictment, it doesn’t allege a long-term criminal [scheme].”

Willis has accused Trump, Giuliani, and 16 associates of being part of a conspiracy to overturn President Joe Biden’s victory in the state. In the indictment, she alleges that Giuliani lied to Georgia lawmakers in a bid to illegally help Trump retain power. 

Giuliani has denied any wrongdoing, in a statement after the indictment accusing prosecutors of abusing state RICO laws. 

“The real criminals here are the people who have brought this case forward both directly and indirectly,” he said.

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