Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 30, 1974 · Page 8
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 8

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, June 30, 1974
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HEARINGS 'Inevitable Result ' Of Committee Supersecrecy By Richard L Ly«s (C/Tk* »mki*gto* Putt WASHINGTON - The selective leaks from the House Judiciary Committee's impeachment inquiry are the inevitable result of the secrecy that has made full and fair news coverage of the momentous event impossible. The investigation into whether President Nixon should be impeached and removed from office has moved along now for six months in secrecy. The rationale was that the committee is functioning as a grand jury and Outdoor mesh in white. 4 pc. set of l o v t - s e a t , 2 chairs and table. Regular SI 87. Sale SI 49., No*. 139. Outdoor dining with 42" round t a b l e , 4 mesh chairs. White. Regular S263. SaleS99.,l\o* *.--' *179, New elegant wrought iron patio furniture, comfortable' attractive and sale-priced for you to enjoy today! These beautiful Meadowcraft wrought iron mesh ' groupings are now available at substantial savings for you. Enjoy summertime now. We bought this merchandise last Fall at off-season prices . . . now we can pass these savings on to you. Our ,:. remaining stock has been reduced for final clear- ' i ance. Meadowcraft mesh construction makes these all-weather groupings suitable for outdoor use. Contoured seats and backs'are extra-comfortable. Reversible seat cushions are available. For the finest in outdoor and patio furniture shop Boll Furniture downtown, 900 Virginia St. East. Quantities are limited so make your selection soon. BOLL FURNITURE New location: 900 Virginia St. East Shop Mondav 'til 9. Tuesday-Saturday 'til 5 Phone :Un-l1 :{i). Analysis should examine evidence in closed session to prevent injury to innocent third parties and avoid prejudice of Watergate trials. But one the 38 partisan politicians who comprise the Judiciary Committee which sat down in the locked room six weeks ago to examine the evidence, began to talk about it. Or some of them did. The more responsible members, those who might have given a balanced account, abided by the committee's rule of confidentiality and kept quiet. Reporters were forced to take what they could get from as many members as they could talk to, never sure which was the distorted account, and pass it all on as differing views. What the nation has learned of the second presidential impeachment inquiry in American history has thus been filtered through the partisan eyes and ears of politicians who often hear and see only what they want to. THE GRAND JURY analogy with its aura of secrecy and sanctity is inexact at best. Grand jurors are citizens drawn from a community by lot, not elected politicians. And impeachment is not a judicial proceeding, but a political one. The framers of the Constitution went to great lengths to insulate the courts from political pressures. But they threw impeachment right into the middle of the political process. There is no way that 38 politicians, responsible only to their constituents and holding strong views for or against the President, can be forced to keep quiet. The only way to prevent selective leaks would be to let the public in to see for itself what the evidence is. At the beginning, Committee Chairman Peter W. Rpdi- no Jr., D-N.J., indicated that only the Watergate phase of the inquiry, which included grand jury testimony, would be conducted in closed session. As it turned out, the entire six-week staff presentation Covering more than a dozen other allegations has been closed. · One reason had nothing to do with the grand jur$ rationale. For most of this time, committee members have SEMI-ANNUAL CLEARANCE The Shoe with The Beautiful Fit thinks it's time for fitting savings for you and your feet. You'll find lots of current summer Naturalizer styles in most of the colors.. . just waiting for you! Hurry in while the selection is great! REG. 16.00-27.00 9.90,o 17.90 iaoe. PwUe*a*$ 4m'l Mfce to fee se«* tearaiftg like sefcox4efctj£r«». Fr«w all 9f~ «MW Door was so icueai «* being objective and ooepartis- m thai he sever anecapted to put the evidence in perspective, never suggested that a certain point was raore important than another. As a result, some members who weren't familiar with the complicated Watergate story were unable to grasp the significance of all they were hearing. This undoubtedly accounted for the fact that one member occasionally emerged to report a sensational bit of evidence which another said he hadn't heard. THIS WAS THE reason several Democratic members asked a member of the regular Judiciary Committee staff, William P. Dixon. to prepare a series of memoranda putting parts of the Watergate story in perspective. Dixon's 13 memos pointed out numerous significant differences between the edited White House transcripts and those transcribed from the same tapes by the committee's impeachment staff. Aside from the Dixon memos. which no one suggested he released, the documentary leaks from the co mittee staff presentation were relatively few, considering that the committee examined more than 7,200 pages of material. But they were spectacular because two leaks of documents plus comments by members suggesting that Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger has asked for phone tapes on some of his aides in 1969 caused Kissinger to threaten to resign. More pages of documents were leaked during White House counsel James St. Clair's two days last week than during the staff's six weeks preceding it. During the next two weeks, the committee will examine witnesses to fill gaps, particularly on whether the President on March 21,1973 ordered, approved or was aware of the payment of $75,000 that evening to Watergate defendant E. Howard Hunt. It appears that the committee will conduct this phase of the inquiry, like all the rest, in closed session and the flood of partisan leaks will continue. Rep. William Hungate D- Mo.. a committee member, said last week at a caucus of c o m m i t t e e Democrats: "We're so damn secretative, we're going to impeach him in secret, and he'll never know it." House Panel's Rancor Grows OXJE 1NWCAT40K at tfce NATURALIZER W. titaated that all 21 of the committee's Democrats would support a recommendation that Nixon be impeached. Congressional authorities said that the disputes were precursors of the intense political pressures that, inevitably, will accompany debate as to whether the President's conduct in office would warrant a senate trial for his removal from office. According to well-placed Democratic and Republican officials of the House whose views were obtained, in most cases on condition that the officials not be identified, the following political factors are likely to influence the tone and conduct of the final stages of House impeachment proceedings: * Efforts by senior House Republicans to persuade colleagues, including some on the From Faff One judiciary committee, that some step short of impeachment -- such as a vote to censure the President -- would be sufficient to deal with Watergate and related scandals without jeopardizing the Republican congressmen's own political futures. » Pressure by House Democratic leaders for acceleration of the committee inquiry to meet a schedule calling for a House vote on impeachment around Aug. 23, thus satisfying apparent public desires to resolve the issue without further delay. »· White House attempts to discredit the committee's eventual findings by characterizing them as the product of what Ken W. Clawson, director of communications for the executive branch, de- kal struggle over tare was a series /of reports that caaservative Republicans ia Coagress had beg mi dis- evssug a possible vote to ea- sare the President as an alternative to a formal impeachment vote in the House and trial by the Senate. A respected Republican conservative from the Middle West said in an interview that he had participated in three separate discussions of a possible censure vote. Tht Offices of · Pf. rfM T. their iffkes effective foe 21, 1974 to svite 3M, 3rd Ftar LMMlUt, 1217 toner SL NATURALIZER SHOP-Sfree* floor fmm Page One Sawhill more oil, natural gas and nuclear energy resources to keep "from being vulnerable to the oil weapon" of the oil- rich Arab nations, he said, economic arid national security." . . 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