What was Salemme promised to make him testify? Durham and Wyshak made a deal that in exchange for his testimony they would file a Rule 35b substantial motion which would allow the judge to lower his sentence and get him out of prison at an earlier date. It was reported afterward: “A judge reduced Salemme’s sentence, making him a free man in 2003 after eight years in prison, because his cooperation helped the government convict retired FBI agent John J. Connolly Jr. . . ..”
As part of the deal they agreed he would not be asked any questions about the Mafia. He would only testify against law enforcement people. I can imagine John Durham making the same type of deal in his investigation of the Obama people with some Russian or Ukrainian mobster who is looking for a deal: “Listen Boris we won’t prosecute you for your crimes or have you testify against any of the gangsters you associate with as long as you give us something on the people who worked with Obama.”
To get Connolly Salemme a known murderer was let out of jail early. The next happening between Durham and Salemme is a deposition given by Salemme in April 2003 to the House of Representatives Committee on Reform. Durham sat in on it and asked questions. To get his deal Salemme would have to plead guilty to the bombing the car of Attorney John Fitzgerald which he testified to doing at trial but in his deposition denied doing it.
There were a couple of strange things that stood out in the deposition. Salemme testified about his time in the late 1990s in the Plymouth jail with John Martorano. Salemme said DeLuca came to him and told him John wanted to talk to him. Salemme said “I didn’t have much conversation with John Martorano.” Durham said: “For the record, you’re talking about Jimmie Martorano.” Salemme said: “Yes” and then went on. The problem with that is Salemme is in jail with John Martorano. Jimmie Martorano died in 1979.
The next one involved Robert Daddeico. He testified against Salemme in the bombing case of Attorney Fitgerald’s car. He was also supposed to testify against Steve Flemmi, another of Durham’s witnesses, in the Bennett murder and the Fitzgerald bombing. Daddeico never did. He allegedly could not be found.
Flemmi, a Top Echelon Informant for the FBI, had the murder and bombing cases dismissed against him. Daddeico would have been very easy to find and bring back to testify if the FBI wanted to do it. He was in the federal witness program. Durham knew all this but wanted it to seem otherwise.
Durham asked: “Your understanding was that George Kauffman and Johnny Martorano had put money up for Daddeico. He needed money to get a truck and have him get lost.” He was pointing the finger away from the FBI.
Salemme corrected him saying it was Martorano and Howie Winters who paid the money.
Durham assuming he was going his way asked: “And what was going to happen?”
Salemme said: “He was not going to testify against Steve and he was going to get off the scene so that he wouldn’t be brought in to testify.”
Salemme apparently not catching on did not stop there. He testified, “But as I said John [Salemme called Durham by his first name showing an unusual closeness] he was a federal witness. . . . he was still initially a federal witness. And as we found out subsequently, he was approached and offered a sum of money by a federal agent like [should be “Mike”] Buckley, so he’s still a federal agent. I can see them not finding Bin Laden, but Bob Daddeico? . . . They wanted him off the scene. It’s just as plain and nice and sweet as you can possibly imagine as you look at it.”
Durham well knew that it was the FBI and perhaps the Department of Justice that refused to return a witness to the state to testify in two serious cases. This was done to protect their Top Echelon Informant Steve Flemmi. Yet, he tried to leave it that Daddeico was not available because other criminals gave him money to get lost.