Jack Goldsmith is a professor of law at Harvard, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford, and a co-founder of the Lawfare Blog. From 2003 to 2004, he was an assistant attorney general in the Department of Justice, leading the Office of Legal Counsel. He is the author of several books, including The Terror Presidency (2007), Power and Constraint (2012), and, most recently, In Hoffa’s Shadow (2019). (September 2019)
Martin Scorsese’s new movie, The Irishman, purports to do what the FBI and others seem unable to do: tell us who killed Jimmy Hoffa, and how. The film is based on a 2004 book whose central claim is that Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran murdered Hoffa in 1975. I have a personal stake in the veracity of Sheeran’s confession to being the hitman. Sheeran also repeats the public conventional wisdom that a man named Charles “Chuckie” O’Brien drove the car that picked up Hoffa from the suburban parking lot in Detroit and delivered him to his killers. O’Brien was Hoffa’s closest aide for decades. He is also my stepfather.