Sen. Lindsey Graham has so many so sobriquets (Lady G, Senatorette, the Remora), it is hard to keep track, and now he’s potentially adding a new one:
It takes two to tango. It generally also takes two to racketeer. When the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (which then became the basis for many state-level racketeering laws) was passed by Congress in 1970, it was left deliberately broad because the bad guys can be hard to nail otherwise. One of the requirements, however, is that the person charged with racketeering must be part of a criminal organization. That sure sounds like you’d need to be a part of the Mafia, or MS-13, or the Las Vegas Raiders to qualify, but courts have interpreted the clause very broadly, such that any partnership between two individuals in service of a criminal endeavor is enough to clear the bar.
Earlier this week, we noted that racketeering is among the charges that Georgia authorities are considering charging Donald Trump with. They are much more likely to make that stick, however, if they can identify a confederate. So, who might that confederate be? It turns out that question may already have been answered, because the folks in Georgia are investigating Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) for racketeering as well. Graham, you will recall, made his own “overturn the election results” phone call to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) more than a week before Trump did.
We have it on good authority that Graham has watched a few thrillers about what does on behind bars, and that he knows his mouth is too pretty to last a day in the joint, so there is the possibility that he might flip and rat out Lord Damp Nut. This might be a pressure play.