July 15, 1996
The House Committee on Government Reform
and Oversight last week started hearings into alleged ties
between the Clinton administration and Mob-controlled labor unions.
Union boss Arthur E. Coia of the Laborers'
International Union has close ties to several Mob leaders,
and has been under investigation by the FBI for Mob-influenced
racketeering. The Clinton Justice Department, however,
settled the RICO suit against Coia on terms that were very
favorable to Coia. The law firm defending Coia, Williams and
Conolly, is the same law firm defending Clinton against Whitewater
charges. Republicans allege that the Clinton administration
let Coia off the hook because of his generous campaign contributions.
Coia was recently seen as a co-chairman of a Democratic fundraiser,
and Hillary Clinton had her picture taken with him.
"There is a pattern," said House
Majority Leader Dick Armey last week, "when the Justice
Department reaches a settlement with the Laborers International
Union and leaves its president, Arthur Coia, in charge rather
than proceed with racketeering charges against an organization
that supports President Clinton."
Democrats on the committee attacked
Republicans for partisanship. "It's hard for me to
see how this hearing isn't part of a political agenda," said
Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif. He may have other motives than protecting
the President, however. An investigation by the Washington Weekly
reveals that Henry Waxman has taken money from Laborers' International
Union. In accordance with the charge by Democrats last week that
Bob Dole is in the pocket of the Tobacco Industry, one might
say that Henry Waxman is in the pocket of the Mob.
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