In what is now called the Teamsters Swap Scandal, prosecutors working for Mary Jo White won three guilty pleas from top Teamsters aides back in 1997. Two years later, the Teamsters' former political director, William Hamilton, was convicted for his role in the kickback scheme. But for four years now, the Big Kahunas implicated in the money-swap operation have been largely forgotten by White's office. One big fish studiously ignored by Ms. White is the current chairman of the Democratic National Committee and Clinton pal, Terry McAuliffe.
At the center of the money-laundering scheme was Ron Carey, who had been anointed Teamsters president by "the most ethical administration in history" as part of an ingenious plan to "clean up" the Teamsters. When Teamsters legacy James Hoffa Jr. later challenged Carey for the union presidency in 1996, Carey's aides -- and perhaps Carey himself -- decided to give the Carey campaign a boost using general union funds.
As was proved by the government, both in oversight and criminal investigations, the Carey campaign repeatedly arranged for the Teamsters to make huge contributions to various liberal and Democratic groups, and then those groups would funnel the money right back -- not to the Teamsters, but to the Carey campaign. This is on the order of the IRS commissioner using tax revenues to buy himself a Porsche.
After sitting on evidence for four years that implicated Carey, the tough-talking Ms. White finally indicted him only days after George W. Bush was sworn in as president. But even a Republican in the White House hasn't prompted Clinton-appointed White to blink in her intractable refusal to pursue McAuliffe.