SOURCE: Republican National
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 /PRNewswire/
-- On the same day that Al Gore's toughest union lieutenants,
Richard Trumka and Gerald McEntee, are organizing a mass rally
following Gore's debate in Iowa with Bill Bradley, Republican
National Committee Chairman Jim Nicholson announced today that
he has put the entire 3,000-page transcript of the federal trial
of ex-Teamsters Political Director William Hamilton on the "Spotlight
Section" of the RNC's website, http://www.rnc.org
The testimony implicates both
Trumka and McEntee -- as well as Gore fundraiser Terry McAuliffe
-- as participants in an illegal campaign money-laundering scheme
during the 1996 election cycle.
"With Al Gore claiming
there were 'no legal violations' in the 1996 election cycle, Americans
can now judge for themselves whether he's telling the truth --
or whether this is another case of the Vice President's imagination
getting away with him," Nicholson said.
"This sworn testimony
convicted Ron Carey's number-two man at the Teamsters of 6 counts
of conspiracy, fraud, embezzlement and perjury, and it implicates
Al Gore's principal fundraiser, Terry McAuliffe, and his toughest
union lieutenants, Richard Trumka and Gerald McEntee."
Hamilton, who was Teamsters'
Political Director under disgraced former-President Ron Carey,
faces up to 30 years in prison, plus fines of $1 million. His
sentencing is scheduled for February 29, 2000. Sworn testimony
and exhibits in the trial tell the story of how McAuliffe, Trumka
and McEntee were among those who helped carry out the illegal
contribution swap schemes.
The transcript of the testimony,
Nicholson said, "will be fully searchable, allowing online
users to quickly and conveniently access portions of the transcript
by witness, word or date the testimony occurred."
Nicholson said that the RNC will permit other groups and web pages to link directly to the testimony, "so that this incredible story gets the attention it deserves -- attention the elite media has denied it."