At stake is Hasitall's £220,000-a-year (plus 15 per cent Performance Related Pay) position as Executive Director (Resources) which Hilton wants to scrap.
Hasitall was behind the publication of the council's Blankety-Blank report into Tony Parrish's liverpool-evil-cabal blog.
The secret report, which had most of the names blanked out, fingered the Storeyteller as the source of info on the blog and recommended that he should be reported to the Standards Board.
But Colin CoverUp, in the time honoured traditional fashion, refused to take any action against the former council leader.
CoverUp decided another Standards Board investigation into Storey would sound the death knell for the Lib Dims and expose them as complicit in blackmailer Sir Diddy Henshaw's corrupt rule.
So Hilton quietly buried the report in his bottom drawer - until Labour's Joe Anderson rattled his cage and finally got his hands on it last week.
Hence the not-very shock headlines...
Painting Title: Soft Construction with Boiled Beans (Premonition of Civil War), 1936 Salvador Dali
For the last year, Hasitall has been quietly simmering away in fury at Hilton's refusal to take action against Storey.
He wanted revenge because his own corruption had been comprehensively exposed by the legendary blog - his relationship with Chas 'show me the money' Cole; the New York marathon; his son's band Abe appearing with Status Quo at Chas's Summer Pops; free parking for Chas; the spiralling cost of the O8 Place to fit out Chas with an office, etc, etc.
So when it became clear that Hilton, at the Fireman's insistence, was now lining up Hasitall for the chop, the smiling assassin decided to act.
He wanted to get his revenge in first after it became clear that he was soon going to be the 'scapegoat' for Liverpool being named the worst financially run council in the country by the Audit Commission.
(Not so much the scapegoat really though - he is the city's Treasurer after all! eds)
So Hasitall, who leaked the first Tony Parrish report to the Echo a year ago, made sure the final report - produced by his own internal audit staff, of course - got into the hands of Labour's Joe Anderson.
The smiling assassin was quite happy for the Storeyteller to be fingered, but his real target was Hilton - for failing to refer the whole issue to the Standards Board.
In doing so, he scored a direct hit!
The report exposes CoverUp as politically biased, in protecting the Lib Dims and letting the Storeyteller off the hook.
It also reveals that CoverUp ignored an official recommendation and publically raised huge questions marks about his own professional integrity as £225,000-a-year chief executive, (plus 15 per cent Performance Related Pay).
(Not that we were in any doubt about that, anyway! eds)
CoverUp decided to cover-up for the Lib Dims.
So another everyday story of Liverpool politics!
Meanwhile, as the civil war between the smiling assassin and Hilton now rages, stay tuned for more instalments!!!!
It ain't over yet by a long way.....