Friday, February 19, 2010

The Love In The Room Between Bobby And Jimmy (Kennedy and Hoffa) 1959 | Newstalgia

(Robert F. Kennedy at the Teamsters Racketeering Hearings 1959 - 
air so thick you could mix concrete with it)

Robert F. Kennedy: “I feel that in our investigation that we have shown that Mister Hoffa has made collusive deals with employers, that he’s betrayed the Union membership, that he sold out the Union membership, that he’s put gangsters and racketeers in important positions of power within the Teamsters Union, that he’s misused Union funds. (follow the heading link to listen)

When Robert F. Kennedy took Lead Council in the Senate Subcommittee Hearings on Racketeering and Corruption in the Teamsters Union, an investigation that took over two years to complete, Jimmy Hoffa, the Teamsters Union President was more than in the hot seat, he was about to have his empire disintegrate.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Billy Sol Estes Case - Issues and Answers 1962

On July 2, 1962, at the height of the investigation, ABC's long-running Sunday talk show Issues and Answers featured a dialogue between Texas Attorney General Will Wilson and Senator Edmund Muskie, who was a member of the Senate Subcommittee investigating the Estes scandal. Follow the link to hear the program.

(The Shoes of Billy Sol Estes - no doubt the Alligator had other plans.)

What had to be one of the biggest scandals of the 1960's centered around one Billy Sol Estes whose influence and fraud wandered through many high places in Washington, allegedly all the way up to the office of Lyndon Johnson. Estes was the subject of a Senate Sub-committee investigation on political corruption which led to a startling number of discoveries and an even more startling number of "suicides" in the process. Although Estes was convicted of fraud and corruption charges and sentenced to prison, his conviction was overturned by a Supreme Court decision that ruled the massive amount of publicity the investigation garnered made a fair trial impossible.

Still, the allegations were serious enough about LBJ to force Kennedy to consider dropping him as running mate in 1964. And he probably would have, had fate not intervened.

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