Amid Capitol riot, FBI released files from Kennedy-era investigation into Nancy Pelosi’s father

An agent delivered a 1961 memo to the White House, exposing Thomas D’Alesandro Jr.

Democrats have been trying to impeach former President Donald Trump, but they keep forgetting one “tiny” detail. The FBI released 60-year-old files from an “urgent” investigation into Nancy Pelosi’s father.

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The two-month investigation revolved around Thomas D’Alesandro, Jr., a Maryland politician who was a member of Congress and mayor of Baltimore.

John F. Kennedy’s White House launched an investigation right before the appointment of D’Alesandro to a government post. The routine FBI name check exposed some “allegations” against D’Allesandro. J. Edgar Hoover was the director at the time.

“The White House has requested that we proceed with a special inquiry investigation but that if substantial derogatory information were developed, we should report this and discontinue any further inquiries because substantiation of any of the allegations would eliminate Mr. D’Alesandro,” the FBI director wrote in the teletype that is located on page 19 of the trove.

“Assign immediately,” Hoover wrote and instructed the Baltimore and Washington field offices to “afford continuous attention” to the probe.

The 248-page material reveals that FBI agents had to run down rumors and facts related to D’Alesandro.

“There have been allegations that D’Alesandro has associated with the Baltimore criminal element and [redacted] and the son, Franklin Roosevelt D’Alesandro, had been arrested for rape,” an agent wrote on page 14 of the trove. The allegations may have been a rumor, the agent noted.

Agents also wrote about the son who got arrested and charged with raping two girls aged 11 and 13. D’Alesandro died in 2007. He was also tried of perjury related to this case.

The 1961 inquiry into the senior D’Alesandro offered more details into his past.

“In 1945 it was alleged that one Charles F. Cammarata had been able to get away with all sorts of criminal activities in Baltimore, Maryland, and had operated almost unmolested due to his friendship with and the protection of Congressman D’Alesandro,” one unnamed agent wrote in a Jan. 30, 1961 memo to the White House.

The memo begins on page 38 of the collection, and the agent summarizes details of D’Alesandro’s payoffs. The same memo cites a “confidential source.” D’Alesandro appeared at a 1943 rally for the National Council of American-Soviet Friendship. The Communist Party USA formed it in 1943.

In 1944, D’Alesandro was the main speaker at an event organized for the International Workers Order.

On page 129, judges, politicians, friends, and acquaintances describe Pelosi’s father as “honest” and “loyal.”

Two acquaintances hedged words of praise.

“Another individual stated he would be hesitant in recommending D’Alesandro for any office where he would be in a position to award contracts without first having the approval of another supervisor.”

The Senate confirmed Pelosi’s father for the contract oversight spot. He entered office on March 28, 1961.

In 1966, Mildred Stegall, assistant to President Lyndon Baines Johnson, contacted the Bureau, demanding that they search their files for any info on D’Alesandro.

The Bureau didn’t provide any additional information on why the material was released on Jan. 6.

Thomas D’ Alesandro died in 1987.

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Source: Baltimore Magazine

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