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Special (Teamster Power)/ Part IV #487632

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Mar 25, 1976
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(Studio) Part 4 of report on "Teamster Power" deals with investigation of Teamster President, Frank Fitzsimmons.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Palm Springs, California) Fitzsimmons conducts much union business in California. Intelligence police unit says Fitzsimmons met with organized crime figures in California. Lou "the Tailor" Rosanova, identified in 1963 at Senator Labor Rackets Committee as member of Chicago organized crime family. In February 1973, Rosanova met with Fitzsimmons. [Orange Cnty., California,District Attorney Cecil HICKS - notes Fitzsimmons - Rosanova meeting and reason for meeting] California representatives notified FBI in California of meeting
REPORTER: Brian Ross

(Los Angeles, California) FBI was investigating mob plan to control Teamster health program. FBI received court order for wiretapping of office thought to be Mafia front. Agents linked Teamsters to possible criminal violations but FBI ordered from Washington, DC to stop investigation.] [HICKS - knows of no reason why investigation should have been stopped.] Justice Department says wiretap unproductive. FBI agents say tap led then to Raymond DeRosa and Peter Milano, Mafia figures. They made deal with Fitzsimmons in which doctors and medical personnel given Teamster jobs would kickback funds to mobsters and Teamsters. Evidence of deal shown.
REPORTER: Brian Ross

(San Clemente, California) In same week Fitzsimmons net with Rosanova, be met with President Richard Nixon. February 1973 film shown. Teamsters were Nixon's maj. source of labor support.
REPORTER: Brian Ross

(Los Angeles, California) FBI investigation ended after Nixon-Fitzsimmons meeting Fitzsimmons refuses to answer NBC questions with regard to California investigation. 1973 police memo. says Fitzsimmons and his son, Richard, immune to prosecution. Memo. shown. No effort made to continue investigation.
REPORTER: Brian Ross

(Studio) Justice Department spokesperson says no comment about ongoing investigation. 2 other spokesperson say there is no investigation with regard to Fitzsimmons and links with org. crime. NBC offer for Fitzsimmons to comment stands.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Reporter(s):
Chancellor, John;
Ross, Brian
Duration:
00:07:10

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