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 …

IBT Selects diGenova for Review Board

The Int’l Bhd. of Teamsters July 20 named ex-federal prosecutor Joseph diGenova as IBT’s designee on the three-member Independent Review Board. U.S. Dist. Judge Loretta A. Preska (S.D.N.Y., H.W. Bush) earlier had extended the term of the current board by one month or until the IBT and the Dep’t of Justice  either renewed the appointments of their individual board designees or made new appointments. IBT’s outgoing appointee is W. Va. labor lawyer Grant Crandall.

Under IRB’s rules, IBT appoints one member, DOJ another, and these two individuals then determine the third member. DOJ’s current appointee to the panel is ex-U.S.Dist. Court Judge Frederick B. Lacey (D.N.J., Nixon), who served initially as the court-appointed independent administrator in the first years of DOJ-IBT consent decree signed in 1989.  The third panel member, whose term now has been extended until Aug. 20, is William Webster, the ex-head of the FBI and CIA. Preska …