Hillary and the Mob

How come nobody ever talks about Hillary and her mob connections?

She has Harold Ickes as a key adviser. He has long been associated with a law firm that represents mobbed up labor unions.

In 1977 Ickes joined the Mineola, New York law firm Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, taking charge of its labor practice. Among the crooked unions Ickes represented for the firm were Local 100 of HERE — the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees International Union — which was jointly controlled by the Colombo and Gambino crime families; the New York City District Council of Carpenters, then controlled by the Genovese crime family; and Teamsters Local 851, which ran the air freight rackets at JFK airport for the Lucchese crime family.

Insiders have long noted Ickes’ special loyalty toward Hillary Clinton. The Boston Globe called him “a special favorite of the president’s wife.” In the Clinton White House, Ickes quickly gravitated to Hillary’s end of the operation. He served initially as “health care czar,” charged with rescuing the First Lady’s floundering Health Security Act. Mrs. Clinton later placed Ickes in charge of a special unit within the White House Counsel’s office, dedicated to suppressing Clinton scandals. It operated, in effect, as a Counsel’s office within the Counsel’s office. In his book The Seduction of Hillary Rodham, David Brock refers to Ickes’ special unit as the “Shadow Counsel’s Office.” Its operatives included Mark Fabiani, Chris Lehane and Jane Sherburne. Ickes reported directly to Hillary Clinton on all matters related to the work of this special unit.

And then there was the late Arthur Coia.

Arthur Coia, president of the Laborers’ International Union (LIUNA), was described by organized crime investigators in the Justice Department as being a mob puppet. Coia was a frequent guest at the White House, traveled with President Clinton on Air Force One several times, and they exchanged gifts. The Justice Department in 1995 had drafted a racketeering lawsuit against him, but after Hillary Clinton spoke to a LIUNA convention, a decision was made to allow the union to hire its own lawyer to root out corruption. Coia stayed in his position and continued to raise huge sums for the Democrats. He was chairman of a 1996 fund-raising event that produced more than $12 million for the party.

Just thought you should know.

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  1. Hillary Clinton » Blog Archive » Hillary and the Mob Says:

    […] sanderling wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerptHow come nobody ever talks about Hillary and her mob connections? She has Harold Ickes as a key adviser. He has long been associated with a law firm that represents mobbed up labor unions. In 1977 Ickes joined the Mineola, New York law firm Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, taking charge of its labor practice. Among the crooked unions Ickes represented for the firm were Local 100 of HERE — the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees International Union — which was jointly controlled by the Colombo and Gambino crime families; the New York City District Council of Carpenters, then controlled by the Genovese crime family; and Teamsters Local 851, which ran the air freight rackets at JFK airport for the Lucchese crime family. Insiders have long noted Ickes’ special loyalty toward Hillary Clinton. The Boston Globe called him “a special favorite of the president’s wife.” In the Clinton White House, Ickes quickly gravitated […] […]

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