- 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 <http://www.foxnews.com/channel/hannity_colmes.sml
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
- 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
- "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
- "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
- Date: Tue, 08 Aug 2000 18:17:21 -0600
- To: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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"
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