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Hoffa Again Blasts Attorney General

Feb. 28, 1963 - Teamsters president James R. Hoffa (pictured) again blasted U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy today and said the federal government has had him under constant surveillance for the last two years. The fiery leader of the 1.7-million-member international union said: “One man has assigned a special elite corps of 25 deputy attorney generals to work his dictates on me.” He added that the constant surveillance is being paid for by the taxpayers. Addressing the Traffic and Transportation Association of Pittsburgh, Hoffa lashed out at the Attorney General. “Something is happening in this country by the name of Bobby Kennedy,” he declared. “Bills are being introduced so no one is safe from wiretappers. Congressmen who voted against wiretapping are intimidated; they are investigated. We hear of visits in the night by federal officials and of illegal seizing of records. Every man must be careful of what he says so that someone later doesn’t distort his remarks. There isn’t a single man who doesn’t look over his shoulder.”


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