|Former Governor of Massachusetts|
From: January 3, 1991 – July 29, 1997
|Party||Republican (before 2016)|
Libertarian (2016 – 2019)
Republican (2019 – present)
|Spouse(s)||Susan Roosevelt (1975 – 2002)|
Leslie Marshall (2003 – present)
William Floyd “Bill” Weld is a liberal Republican Party politician. He served as Massachusetts governor and seeks to challenge conservative U.S. President Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election. He has stated he would rather vote for a far-left Democrat in the general election than Trump.
Whitey Bulger was convicted at the age of 81 of 19 murders during his lifetime career as a Boston crime boss. The actual number of killings Bulger was responsible for may be as high as 52. Bulger was an FBI informant against a rival gang. At his murder trial Robert Mueller and Bill Weld of the Boston U.S. Attorney's office were listed as witnesses for Bulger's defense. Bulger claimed he was granted immunity. Bulger spent sixteen years on the run as number two on the FBI Most Wanted list, behind Osama bin Laden. While on the run witnesses and evidence against Bulger continued to disappear. The federal government's cozy dealings with Whitey Bulger and the Winter Hill gang have produced widespread and long-lasting damage to the reputations of the FBI and the U.S. Attorney's Office in Boston.
Howie Carr of the Boston Globe wrote a book about Bulger and described how Bulger and his sidekick, Stevie "The Rifleman" Flemmi., strangled two of Flemmi's 26-year-old girlfriends as Flemmi lured them to their deaths. One was a Flemmi step-daughter whom Flemmi had been molesting since she was 15. In each instance, Bulger and Flemmi used pliers to yank out the victims’ teeth and cut off their fingers. Andrew Krieg of the Justice Integrity Project notes, "This kind of blunt reporting about such crimes is widely known about Bulger in the Boston area. But the sheer depravity of many such crimes tends to get lost in standard news accounts for national audiences."
A commission member of the Massachusetts parole and pardons board claimed four members of a rival gang had been framed by the FBI and Bulger for a 1965 gangland killing, and were unjustly convicted. Mueller, as Assistant US Attorney and Acting US Attorney, opposed clemency throughout the 1980s for the four innocent men framed by the FBI. Meanwhile, Bulger's career as a crime boss and FBI informant flourished, with Mueller and the FBI removing his rivals from the streets. Exculpatory witnesses for the innocent men were murdered.
The commissioner who maintained the four were innocent, framed by the FBI, and kept in prison by Mueller, was elected mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts in 1995. The new mayor and his administration found themselves targets of Mueller and the FBI in public corruption probes.
Amid allegations that FBI informants Whitey Bulger and Stephen Flemmi had corrupted their FBI handlers, US Attorney John Durham was appointed as a special prosecutor in 1999. He oversaw a task force of FBI agents brought in from other offices to investigate the Boston office's handling of informants. In December 2000, Durham revealed secret FBI documents that convinced a judge to vacate the 1968 murder convictions of the three men who had been framed by the FBI.
Two of the innocent men died in prison. The same year Mueller, who covered up FBI and DOJ abuses in Boston for two decades, was appointed FBI director. In 2007, the documents helped the survivors and the families of the two other men, who had died in prison, win a $101.7 million civil judgment against the government.
In 2002, Durham secured the conviction of retired FBI agent John J. Connolly Jr., who was sentenced to 10 years in prison on federal racketeering charges for protecting Bulger and Flemmi from prosecution and warning Bulger to flee just before the gangster's 1995 indictment. Durham's task force also gathered evidence against retired FBI agent H. Paul Rico who was indicted in Oklahoma on state charges that he helped Bulger and Flemmi kill a Tulsa businessman in 1981. Rico died in 2004 before the case went to trial.
- Multiple references:
- Caplan, Joshua (October 24, 2019). Bill Weld: ‘Hell Yes’ I Could Vote for a Democrat, Would Rather Warren Than Trump. Breitbart News. Retrieved October 24, 2019.
- Woodall, Hunter (October 24, 2019). Weld: I’d vote for Biden ‘in a heartbeat’ against Trump. Associated Press. Retrieved October 24, 2019.
- Nolte, John (October 25, 2019). Nolte: Never Trump’s Presidential Candidate Bill Weld Supports Joe Biden. Breitbart News. Retrieved October 25, 2019.
- Chasmar, Jessica (October 25, 2019). [GOP challenger Bill Weld: 'I'm with Biden in a heartbeat' over Trump]. The Washington Times. Retrieved October 25, 2019.
- Lee, Tony (May 26, 2019). Trump Challenger Bill Weld ‘Absolutely’ Backs Gender ‘X’ Option on IDs, Birth Records. Breitbart News. Retrieved May 27, 2019.
- Green, Miranda (September 20, 2019). Bill Weld: 'I wouldn't take money from the oil and gas companies'. The Hill. Retrieved September 20, 2019.
- McManus, John F. (April 17, 2019). Weld Challenges Trump Reelection. The New American. Retrieved April 17, 2019.
- The AP identified 11 killers believed to have committed 52 murders while under the Bureau’s protection from the 1960s to the mid-1990s. https://www.aim.org/aim-report/aim-report-did-mueller-know-hoovers-dark-secret/
- FBI Confronts Its Demons By Busting Mobster Whitey Bulger, Andrew Krieg, Justice Integrity Project.
- Murphy, Shelley. "US prosecutor's tenacity is rewarded", January 7, 2008.