Episode 190: John Pistole – Deputy Director, Mob Guys and Teamsters Union

Retired agent John Pistole served in the FBI for twenty-six years, climbing through the ranks to become Deputy Director (the second highest position in the Bureau). In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Pistole reviews the time, early in his career, he worked in the New York FBI Office on an Organized Crime Task Force investigating illegal mob ties to the Teamsters Union.

During his career, John Pistole was assigned to the Minneapolis, New York, Indianapolis, and Boston Divisions, and FBI Headquarters in Washington D.C.  After the attacks of September 11, 2001, he was placed in charge of the FBI’s counterterrorism (CT) program, eventually becoming the FBI’s Executive Assistant Director for national security. During his last six years with the Bureau, Pistole worked closely with Director Robert Mueller as his Deputy Director to help transform the FBI into a proactive, national security agency with law enforcement and intelligence community authorities and responsibilities. Pistole was awarded the Presidential Rank of Distinguished Executive, received the Department of Justice Edward H. Levi Award for Outstanding Professionalism and Exemplary Integrity and the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal by the Office of Director of National Intelligence (ODNI).

President Obama nominated him as Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). He served as Administrator for 4 ½ years. Currently, John Pistole is President of his alma mater, Anderson University in Indiana.

Deputy Director

John Pistole

1983 – 2010







As the Deputy Director of the FBI, for six years, every FBI employee reported to John Pistole who was one of only a handful of direct reports to Director Robert Mueller.

The following are news articles about John Pistole’s career and about the New York mob’s infiltration of the Teamsters Union:

The Oath with Chuck Rosenberg – John Pistole: Full Circle (PODCAST)

Indiana Business Journal – 11/29/2018:  Veteran of FBI, TSA trying to turn around Anderson University

Washington Post – 1/24/1986:  Mobster Alleged to Talk Of Teamster Control

Los Angeles Times – 6/26/1987:  FBI Tapes Portray Mafia Chiefs’ Links to Teamsters

Los Angeles Times – 4/30/1988:  Defector Says Unions Give Mafia Power

After arresting Vincent “The Chin” Gigante for racketeering, Pistole escorts him to his initial court appearance.












Jerri Williams

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Jerri Williams, a retired FBI agent, author and podcaster, jokes that she writes about the FBI to relive her glory days. After 26 years with the Bureau specializing in major economic fraud and corruption investigations, she calls on her professional encounters with scams and schemers to write police procedurals inspired by true crime FBI cases in her Philadelphia FBI Corruption Squad crime fiction series featuring flawed female FBI agent Kari Wheeler. Jerri’s FBI for Armchair Detectives nonfiction series enables readers to discover who the FBI is and what the FBI does by debunking misconceptions about the FBI in books, TV, and movies. Her books are available as ebooks, paperbacks, and audiobooks wherever books are sold. She’s also the host of FBI Retired Case File Review, a true crime podcast with more than 300 episodes available on all popular podcast apps and YouTube.

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