The Daily Journal from Fergus Falls, Minnesota on August 6, 1974 · Page 11
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The Daily Journal from Fergus Falls, Minnesota · Page 11

Fergus Falls, Minnesota
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Tuesday, August 6, 1974
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State's GOP congressmen give impeachment reaction MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (AP) — Two of Minnesota's four Republican congressmen indicated Monday following the release of more Watergate Related evidence by President Nixon that they would vote to impeach the President. The other two Republican members of Minnesota's congressional delegation said they are reassessing their positions with regard to impeachment in view of the new evidence. Reps. Albert Quie and Bill Frenzel said they would probably vote to impeach after the President acknowledged that he had ordered a halt to the FBI's 1972 Watergate burglary investigation because it might damage him and then had withheld evidence of that order from Congress and his own lawyers. The evidence was in tape recordings of conversations with H.R. Haldeman, then White House chief of staff, on June 23, 1972. "It looks like the avalanche is on its way down the mountain," President at glance WASHINGTON (AP) Here, in brief, are developments involving President Nixon and the Watergate investigation: NIXON - President Nixon admitted on Monday that he withheld some Watergate evidence from Congress and his own lawyers. He made public transcripts of three presidential conversations. TRANSCRIPTS - The transcripts showed that Nixon approved a plan to use the Central Intelligence Agency to blunt the FBI's Watergate investigation. CONGRESS - Calls for resignation or impeachment of the President increased in Congress. Four Republican House Judiciary Committee members who voted against impeachment said they had changed their minds. FORD — Vice President Gerald R. Ford said he would make no further public comments on impeachment "until the facts are more fully available." RESIGNATION - A White House official said that Nixon weighed the option of resigning over the weekend at his Camp David, Md. retreat. Nixon rejected the option, said the official. Wallace is hospitalized BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) An undissolved stitch from an earlier operation has been removed from Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace in a minor surgical procedure. Dr. Sheridan Sherley, who performed the surgery Monday at University Hospital, said he checked the governor's kidneys and bladder and found everything fine after the stitch was removed. An aide said the stitch was causing local inflammation. said Quie. "The President's statement today really made the difference. Condensed to one sentence, what he said was he misled his staff, his counsel and those who argued his case. Evidence that Congress cannot tolerate this deception any longer is expressed in the decision of those Republicans who voted against the articles of impeachment in the House Judiciary Committee to now change their position." Asked if he would vote for impeaqhment, Frenzel said, "Everyone has the right to expect 1 will." Reps. John Zwach and Ancher Nelsen said they were reevaluating their positions. Previously, Zwach said the evidence did not support impeachment and Nelsen was flatly opposed. The state's four House Democrats have already said they would vote to impeach or were leaning strongly toward it. Quie said he expects President Nixon to resign and Frenzel said that the President, in his statement that accompanied the public release of new White House transcripts, had "pleaded guilty to at least one article." Quie said he has not read all the testimony or transcripts, but added, "since it appears all who have spent months in this Congress to thoroughly study the allegations against the President now conclude that he is guilty and should be impeached, everyone has the right to expect that I will be voting for impeachment." Quie said he would not state absolutely how he would vote because "I've learned long ago that you don't want to stick your feet in concrete..." when the evidence to be studied or yet to come might show reasons not to impeach. But Quie added, "I don't expect the evidence to show differently." Frenzel, 3rd District representative, said, "The president has in effect pleaded guilty to at least the first article of impeachment (obstructing justice in the Watergate cover-up) and perhaps to the second (misusing federal agencies). "Although we still have a responsibility to study all the evidence, there no longer is any reason to have a lengthy House debate...We should set about the House vote and get it a Senate trial as soon as possible. "There no longer is any question as to how the vote will come out," Frenzel said, "since he has pleaded guilty. I don't have much choice but to vote for article one...I don't see how- anyone in the House could vote against it." Meanwhile, Rudy Boschwitz, Minnesota Republican party national committee member, said, "The party is entirely blameless in this whole sordid affair, but it is difficult for the Republican party to keep a Republican president off its shoulders. "The weight is getting so heavy and the conduct so shameful that 1 am getting ready to join other Republicans in casting off that weight," Boschwitz said. Text On the 3/oca/ scene School board to meet The Fergus Falls school board will meet at 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8 when bids for gasoline for buses, meat, milk, milk products. bread and bakery products will be opened. TYie board will consider resignations of four staff members and employment of two teachers and a secretary. Other items on the agenda include approval of administrators' salaries, a report on teacher negotiations and an additional request for girls' coaching positions. Skelly cafe entered A break-in at the Interstate Skelly Cafe, located at U.S. Highway 59 north and Interstate-94 was discovered after an employee arrived for work about 6:50 a.m. Tuesday. The trespassers failed to gain entry' to the cafe through the rear door, so they broke two plate glass front doors to make an entry. No loss could be determined, according to the Otter Tail County Sheriffs Department. The cafe closed at 9:30 p.m. Monday and the adjoining gas station closed at 11 p.m. A similar break-in occurred on June 12. Continued from page 1 FBI investigation might lead to the exposure cither of unrelated covert activities of the CIA, or of sensitive national security matters that the so-called "plumbers" unit at the White House had been working on, because of the CIA and plumbers' connections of some of those involved. I said that I therefore gave instructions that the FBI should be alerted to coordinate with the CIA, and to ensure that the investigation not expose these sensitive national security matters. That statement was based on my recollection at the time — some 11 months later — plus documentary materials and relevant public testimony of those involved. The June 23 tapes clearly show, however, that at the time I gave those instructions I also discussed the political aspects of the situation, and that 1 was aware of the advantages this course of action would have with respect to limiting possible public exposure of involvement by persons connected with the re-election committee. My review of the additional tapes has, so far, shown no other major inconsistencies with what I have previously submitted. While I have no way at this stage of being certain that there will not be others, I have no reason to believe that there will be. In any case, the tapes in their entirety are now in the process of being furnished to Judge Sirica. He has begun what may be a rather lengthy process of reviewing the tapes, passing on specific claims of executive privilege on portions of them, and forwarding to the Special Prosecutor those tapes or those portions that are relevant to the Watergate investigation. It is highly unlikely that this review will be completed in time for the House debate. It appears at this stage, however, that a House vote of impeachment is, as a practical matter, virtually a foregone conclusion, and that the issue will therefore go to trial in the Senate. In order to ensure that no other significant relevant materials are withheld, I shall voluntarily furnish to the Senate everything from these tapes that Judge Sirica rules should go to the Special Prosecutor. I recognize that this additional material I am now furnishing may further damage my case, especially because attention will be drawn separately to it rather than to the evidence in its entirety. In considering its implications, therefore, 1 urge that two points be borne in mind. The first of these points is to remember what actually happened as a result of the instructions 1 gave on June 23. Acting Director Gray of the FBI did coordinate with Director Helms and Deputy Director Walters of the CIA. The CIA did undertake an extensive check to see whether any of its covert activities would be compromised by a full FBI investigation of Watergate. Deputy Director Walters then reported back to Mr. Gray that they would not be compromised. On July 6, when 1 called Mr. Gray, and when he expressed concern about improper attempts to limit his investigation, as the record shows, I told him to press ahead vigorously with his investigation — which he did. The second point I would urge is that the evidence be looked at in its entirety, and the events be looked at in perspective. Whatever mistakes I made in the handling of Watergate, the basic truth remains that when all the facts were brought to my attention 1 insisted on a full investigation and prosecution of those guilty. I am firmly convinced that the record, in its entirety, does not justify the extreme step of impeachment and removal of a President. I trust that as the Constitutional process goes forward, this perspective will prevail. BUILDING COLLAPSES — Firemen look through the wreckage of part of the federal Drug Enforcement Agency building in Miami for victims after the garage section collapsed Monday. Several people were believed trapped in the rubble. (AP Wlrephoto) Building collapse is described MIAMI, Fla. (AP) — "It was like we were sliding into an abyss. One girl above me was hanging onto a chair. The rest of her was jusl kicking in midair." Olivia Harris was describing the collapse of an office building roof which sent tons of concrete, steel beams and cars crashing down in a tangled heap of debris on Monday. Authorities said six persons died and that a seventh was missing and feared dead. Mrs. Harris, 45, was among the 16 persons injured in the collapse at the U.S. Drug En- forcment Administration building in downtown Miami near busy Biscayne Boulevard. Rescuers using spotlights probed through the debris early today, working carefully after a wall buckled and threatened to collapse. The bodies of three women were recovered Monday night, and police and firemen said they had spotted three other Iwdies in the debris and were searching for one more. Recovered were the bodies of Anna Pope, 55, a cashier from Fort Lauderdale; Anna Y. Mounger, 24, a clerk-typist from Miami; and Martha Skeels, 5fl, a clerical supervisor from Miami. Authorities said they had also spotted but had not identified or recovered the bodies of three of the four persons not yet accounted for — Nickolas Fragos, 29, who recently transferred to Miami from Detroit; Mary Keehan, 27, a secretary from North Miami; Mary P. Sullivan, 57, a clerk from North Miami; and special agent Charles H. Mann, 31, who was on his first day in the Miami office after a tour of duty in New Delhi, India. More than 80 firemen worked through the day and into the night in the 49-year-old building. "If we make a mistake now it would kill several firemen," Fire Chief Don Hickman said. "There's a big high beam. If it collapsed, I'd lose six or eight. Any sudden movement and the whole building could collapse." Officials said the weight of 80 cars which were parked on the roof of the building were probably too heavy for it and caused the roof to crash down through two floors of office space. City Building Department spokesman William Vidal said the structure was last examined in 1968 and was judged then to be safe. He said extensive repairs, including replacement of steel-reinforced columns, were completed in 1971. Fergus Falls (Mi.) loirial Tues., August 6,1974 ^Council Continued from page I construction is expected to be in early 1975. In other business, the council deferred until Aug. 19 at 7-.30 p.m. action on a letter from the Board of Zoning Adjustment recommending denial of construction of a county parking lot on South Court Street, and a letter from the City Planning Commission recommending denial for rezoning of a block near Lake Alice, because three council members were not present. In other action, the council: —appointed City Fire Chief Ken Hovland city safety director, and voted to establish a public safety policy. —approved a request from the Chamber of Commerce for an Arts and Crafts Show on Aug. 10, and a Farmer's Market on Sept. 7. —ordered a new public hearing on transfer of property from Grace United Methodist Church to the City. A public hearing was held last year but affected property owners had not been notified by mail as state law requires. City Attorney David Nycklemoe advised setting a new hearing for Aug. 19 at 7:30 p.m. —approved a bid from the Motorola Company for 38 radio alterting pagers for city firemen for $9,234. The pagers would be paid for from revenue sharing funds and from the captial outlay. —approved a low bid by Acton Construction Company, Hugo, for miscellaneous exterior repairs to the City Hall, for $32,820. —approved a low bid from Northern Engineers, Mankato, for construction of wastewater treatment plant improvements for $67,330. —heard a second reading of an ordinance accepting a bid from Julius Thorson for a tract of land near the river. Primary elections are set By The Associated Press Few surprises were expected as voters in Missouri, Michigan, Kansas and Idaho choose candidates for state and national office in primary elections today. Cass Elliot death due to obesity LONDON (AP) — "Mama" Cass Elliot, the 276-pound American singing star who died last week in her luxury Ixmdon apartment, was the victim of her own obesity, the official coroner's report said Coroner Gavin Thurston said Miss F.lliot, whose body was found a week ago in her Ixjndon apartment, died because "part of the heart muscle turned to fat due to obesity." Simpson said she apparently had suffered a heart attack while lying in bed. At the coroner's inquest, Britain's top pathologist, Prof. Keith Simpson, testified that the 33-year-old onetime member of the Mamas and Papas singing group was "grossly overweight" — twice the proper weight for a woman of her height anil build. Miss Elliot was buried Friday in Hollywood as more than 3W) persons, including many show business personalities, paid their respects. Simpson, who conducted the autopsy, testified that he found no traces of alcohol or drugs. He ruled out the possibility suggested by her physician last week that she died" after choking on a ham sandwich. Nothing was found to indicate her wind passage had been blocked, Simpson said. Miss Cass told an interviewer a few days before her death that she had been dieting during the past year and had lost 8C pounds. A low voter turnout was predicted in Missouri, where the Democratic nomination for auditor was the only strongly contested statewide race. Only token opposition threatened the renomination bid of U.S. Sen. Thomas Eagleton, D- Mo., who was dropped as the Democratic vice-presidential nominee in 1972 after he disclosed he had been treated for mental depression. His Republican counterpart, former U.S. Rep. Thomas Curtis, also was expected to win handily. Curtis, a nine-term congressman, almost beat Eagleton in 1958 and was seeking the GOP nod to try for Eagieton's seat again. In Michigan, interest was focused on the race for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination. Front-running former state Sen. Sander Levin was opposed by former Detroit Mayor Jerome Cavanaugh and attorney James Wells. Cavanaugh and Levin vowed to support the eventual winner against William G. Milliken, a Republican running unopposed for renomination who narrowly beat out Levin in 1970. Over half of the registered voters in Kansas were expected to participate in a primary including a four-man campaign for the Republican gubernatorial nomination and a two-man race among Democrats seeking to oppose Sen. Robert Dole, former Republican national chairman. Running for the GOP gubernatorial nomination were Robert Bennet, president of the state Senate; ex-GOP state chairman Don Concannon; Methodist minister Forrest Robinson and Robert Clack, an assistant professor at Kansas State University. State Atty. Gen. Vern Miller ran unopposed for the Democratic nomination to succeed retiring four-term Gov. Robert Dockine. also a Democrat. Dole is unopposed in his re- nomination bid. Seeking the Democratic nomination to run against him were U.S. Rep. Bill Roy — the party's only congressman from Kansas — and George Hart, a former stale treasurer. There was no suspense about the Idaho gubernatorial primaries. Running unchallenged for their respective party nominations were incumbent Democratic Gov. Cecil D. Andrus and Republican Lt. Gov. Jack Murphy. Sen. Frank Church was expected to brush aside token opposition from other Democrats and win renomination for his fourth term in the Senate. Really, it all adds up! Immunity for Nixon discussed WASHINGTON (AP) — Assistant Senate Republican leader Robert P. Griffin said today that the allegations against President Nixon "may not be so serious that people want to see a former President in jail." The Michigan senator, who Monday called on Nixon to resign, said he is "leaning in the direction" of legislation which would grant Nixon immunity from criminal prosecution once he leaves office. Griffin said such' a measure would have to have bipartisan support to be successful. Senate Democratic leader Mike Mansfield said he sees no serious move in Congress at present to pass such immunity legislation. But Mansfield said he would consider it if it were to be introduced. "I have no basis for so saying but 1 still think there is good reason to believe the President might resign," Griffin told reporters. It's easier than ever to save money here... ... with ail of these customer conveniences! • DRIVE-UP WINDOW • NIGHT DEPOSITORY • FREE CUSTOMER PARKING • TRAVELERS CHECKS •POSTAGE-PAID DEPOSITS OR WITHDRAWALS BY MAIL • CONVENIENT LOCATION • NEW, ENLARGED QUARTERS • CONVENIENT OFFICE HOURS START YOUR ACCOUNT NOW! 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