AOC Picks A Fight With Ted Cruz Over RICO Comments
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) listens as John J. Ray III, CEO of FTX Group, testifies during the House Financial Services Committee hearing titled Investigating the Collapse of FTX Part I, at the US Capitol on December 13, 2022 in Washington, DC.
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) sparred with Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) over her recent comment claiming that RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) was in itself “not a crime.”

Ocasio-Cortez made the initial statement during a Wednesday hearing before the House Oversight Committee regarding the impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden. She was attempting to argue the witness — former Hunter Biden business partner Tony Bobulinski — into a corner by challenging him to name what specific crimes under the RICO umbrella he believed had been committed.

Frustrated by his unwillingness to simply concede her point, Ocasio-Cortez insisted that RICO was a “CAT-E-GOR-Y” of crimes rather than a specific crime.


And while some responded on X to say that Ocasio-Cortez was correct in her assessment, Cruz was not one of them.

“This is bizarre. RICO — the Racketeer Influenced & Corrupt Organizations Act, 18 U.S.C. §§ 1961–1968—is most assuredly a crime. It often results in massive felony sentences. And yet @aoc — eager to defend Joe Biden — insists it’s not a crime,” Cruz posted.

Ocasio-Cortez doubled down, however, lashing out at Cruz directly.


“Wrong! RICO is a statute under which specific crimes may be considered — kidnapping, robbery, arson, etc. You need to name the crimes in order to substantiate RICO. So … since you’re the expert, what RICO crimes and evidence does House GOP have? Since they don’t seem to know,” she said.

Fox Business host David Asman shared a comment from the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s former Chief of the Financial Fraud Unit Sol Wisenberg, who said of Ocasio-Cortez’s outburst, “If you’re going to bully a witness, at least you shouldn’t embarrass yourself by getting the law wrong.”

“RICO is a crime Even #FaniWillis says so That’s why is (sic) has it’s (sic) own distinct code section under state and federal law #ricoisacrime,” Phil Holloway added.

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