Probe Recommends Charges against Top Teamsters Official

ken-hall-and-james-hoffaHillary Clinton isn’t the only person these days accused of hiding emails to conceal crimes.  In a 42-page letter dated October 31, court-approved investigator Joseph diGenova appealed to International Brotherhood of Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa (r) to take action against IBT General Secretary-Treasurer Ken Hall (l).  According to diGenova, Hall hid over 17,000 email transmissions and other documents that could shed light on acts of embezzlement, bid-rigging and other acts of corruption.  For over six months, Hall, aided by Hoffa’s legal team, allegedly stonewalled investigators.  The IBT calls the charges “baseless.”  But the accusations may delay the union’s ongoing exit from federal control established by a 1989 racketeering settlement.  To complicate matters, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara last Thursday filed suit against the union, citing “unprecedented and dangerous” activity.

James Hoffa has headed the Washington, D.C.-based International Brotherhood of Teamsters since 1999.  The union, with a current estimated 1.4 …

Despite White’s Attacks, diGenova Wins IRB Post

The Int’l Bhd. of Teamsters’ Indep. Rev. Bd., the internal oversight body created under a 1989 consent decree, will have a new composition as the result of a pair of actions by the Dep’t of Justice and U.S. Dist. Judge Loretta A. Preska  (S.D.N.Y. H.W. Bush). On Aug. 8, Preska after a brief hearing, approved IBT’s designation of ex-U.S. Atty. Joseph E. diGenova to be its representative on the three-member IRB. A few hours later, U.S. Atty. Mary Jo White announced that Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft had designated Benjamin R. Civiletti, who was an attorney general in the Carter administration, to be DOJ’s representative on IRB. IRB’s third member will be chosen jointly by the other two, and each member has a five-year term.

If Preska approves, Civiletti will replace ex-U.S. Dist. Judge Frederick B. Lacey (D.N.J. Nixon) who served as IBT’s court-appointed independent administrator from 1989-92 before assuming a …