Rep. James Traficant Accuses
Reno Of High Treason, Ties To
Mob On National TV
By Jon E. Dougherty
A U.S. congressman accused Attorney General Janet Reno of a range of illegalities, sexual improprieties and ties to the mob -- as well as treason -- on a national television news show last night.
Rep. James Traficant, D-Ohio, who is currently under investigation by the FBI for his own alleged ties to organized crime, made the explosive charges on Fox News Channel's < Hannity and Colmes program.
Rep. James Traficant, D-Ohio
Accusing Reno of "treason" for her failure to appoint a special counsel to look into charges that China stole reams of sensitive nuclear weapons data from the United States, Traficant said he has "sworn affidavits" from unidentified sources claiming Reno has also had lesbian affairs, has frequented call girls and has engaged in substance abuse.
The fiery Ohio congressman told viewers that sources close to him "had videotaped evidence" of sexual improprieties as well as the testimony "of five police officers" who have "stopped Reno for substance abuse."
But Traficant was most adamant about his charges that Reno may have committed acts of treason against the United States.
"I'm accusing the attorney general of treason," he proclaimed. "She has set herself above the national security of this nation, and I'm going to attempt to get all the information out" to the general public.
Traficant, who himself is <link under investigation by the FBI for alleged mob connections, denied that his charges were made to deflect attention from himself.
"Do you want Janet Reno to sue you?" asked show host Alan Colmes at one point.
"Go ahead, Ms. Reno, sue me," Traficant shot back. "Let's get this into a trial. Let's get it all out in the open."
On the crucial issue of suspected Chinese theft of U.S. nuclear weapons secrets, Traficant said the nation hasn't "had so much as a high school debate on the issue."
When questioned about the veracity of the affidavits, Traficant said he "didn't know" whether they were completely true or not, but added they were "important enough" to examine.
He also said the "entire Justice Department" has become little more than a vetting agency charged with concealing sensitive and potentially damaging information about alleged illegalities within the Clinton administration and, specifically, the department itself.
"I also want to know -- is Ms. Reno subject to blackmail over this information, and does [President] Clinton have this information?" Traficant said. "Did the FBI ever look into these charges? What do they know?"
The Ohio congressman said he believed that because of the charges he outlined and those contained in the affidavits he claimed to have, Reno has failed to conduct serious investigations into Chinese nuclear weapons theft, as well as a range of other Clinton administration scandals.
"She's too compromised," he said, adding that she had been "fast-tracked into her attorney general's position" to start with.
Traficant said Reno's alleged improprieties occurred while she was a Dade County (Miami, Fla.) state prosecutor and municipal judge.
"None of this is about Democrats and Republicans," Traficant said. "It's about getting the truth to come out."
The Justice Department was not available for comment at press time.
Meanwhile, FBI investigators <link are examining Traficant's own alleged ties to organized crime, something he says is politically motivated and unfounded.
The investigation stems from alleged decades-old ties between Traficant and mob figures from Youngstown, Ohio, where the congressman was once a county sheriff who, the FBI said, was elected with money donated from reputed organized crime figures.
Traficant was arrested by the FBI in 1982, but at a trial in which he defended himself, the soon-to-be U.S. congressman beat the charges that he was tied to the mob, but later, in 1987, was charged and convicted of tax fraud in a case connected with the 1982 charges.
Other reputed mob figures with alleged ties to Traficant have already been indicted by the FBI.
And, in an <link earlier appearance July 26 on Hannity and Colmes, Traficant accused former Federal Bureau of Investigation division chief Stanley Peterson of being on the payroll of the mafia -- a charge he had previously made only in the House chamber, where he was protected against being charged with defamation.
"I have irrefutable evidence that the FBI was on the payroll of organized crime in my valley," he said. "And the FBI and the Justice Department never investigated Stanley Peterson. Now, I could be sued -- I'm on Hannity and Colmes. He (Peterson) was the chief of the division of the FBI in Youngstown, on the payroll of the mob, was appointed chief of police at the direction of the mob. They never had an investigation, and there are agents there right now who are on the payroll of the mob, and the Justice Department did nothing about it."
Traficant has also said he expects "any day now" to be indicted by the FBI, though no charges have yet been filed against him.

Date: Tue, 08 Aug 2000 18:17:21 -0600
From: William Blase
Subject: Traficant and Reno
The charges by James Traficant against Reno are supported by an article on the internet web site "Miami Confidential" at
The article is "14 Reasons To Impeach Janet Reno" at
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