U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid long has been dogged by allegations that he was a tool of the Mafia during his former days as Chairman of the Nevada Gaming Commission, and it now is time for him to resolve the controversy by authorizing the release of his FBI file.
Reid was called "'Mr. Clean Face' by Kansas City mobster Joe Agosto who had turned federal witness in the FBI's case against the mob skimming of casino dollars," and "Agosto was recorded on FBI tape saying that 'I gotta Clean Face in my pocket'" as reported by John Kass for the Chicago Tribune.
Reid says he was called "Clean Face" because he was beyond reproach, and state gaming regulators say Agosto's claim otherwise was an untrue boast.
Who ya gonna believe: the mobster or the politician?
It's finally time to put this controversy to rest, and the power to do so is all in the hands of the good senator. Reid can request his FBI file under The Privacy Act which allows citizens to request information on themselves, and he should obtain and release this material in order that the public can learn whether it contains any conclusions by the FBI concerning the mob allegations. If Harry Reid fails to do so, reasonable people may be left with no other choice but to assume the worst against him.