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Home taper o* Faif Toftight L6w 60 Sunny Ftiday WASHINGTON (UPI)President Nixon today refused to comply with subpoenas demanding White House documents and tape recordings of his conversations concerning Watergate, and the Senate Watergate Committee immediately voted unanimously to take •the issue to court. Related Story Page 2 Nixon spelled out his position in letters delivered to Committee Chairman Sam J. Ervin Jr., D-N.C., and to U.S. District Judge John J. Sirica*. The contents of the President's letter to Sirica were not made public immediately. Ervin read his letter from Nixon at the start of today's committee hearing. Then Sen. Howard H. Baker of Tennessee, the Republican vice chairman of the committee, moved to instruct Chief Committee Counsel Samuel Dash to take to court the President's decision to decline to honor the subpoenas. Dean Conversations Nixon said he could not furnish the tapes of conversations with John W. Dean III, his former counsel who charged in Sive days of testimony that the President revealed in conversations with him on Sept. 15, 1972 and in March, 1973, that Nixon knew of the Watergate cover- up. Nixon ci te d his ea rlier reasons —blxat to surrender the confidential materials would weaken the independence of the presidency and permit it to be dominated by another branch of Congress contrary to the separation-empowers doctrine. The President's lawyers coald have asked Sirica to invalidate the subpoenas, bu t Ni xon elected not to start the court proceedings himself. E rvan said the commi t tee probably would seek a declara- ory judgment to require the President to comply with the subpoenas. Ervin said the committee would not at -this stage pursue an-alternate legal avenue open to it—asking the Senate to vote the President in contempt. The committee was expected to meet Friday to formally determine its course. White House officials said the President now plans to make his promised statement on the Watergate affair after his former key aides, John D. Ehrliohma n, H. R. Haidem an and Charles W. Colson, have completed their testimony. In a letter to the committee last Monday, Nixon said (that "at an appropriate time during the hearings, I intend to address publicly the subjects you are considering." Final Decision The Supreme Court is expected to make the final decision whether, under the Constitution and laws of the United States, Cox. and the committee have the. right to see presidential of Nixon's private conversations with key figures in the Watergate case. Asked iif he thought Nixon would comply with such a Supreme Court decision, Ervin replied: "I think he would obey it if he has any respect for law and order." Sen. Hugh Scott, the Senate GOP leader, and House Republican leader Gerald Ford said they felt the high court would uphold Nixon's contention that the tapes can be withheld under the doctrine of 'separation of powers. Scott said Nixon would abide by the court's decision, adding, "I do not believe the President would defy the law." The tapes may show the extent to which the President had knowledge of the Watergate break-in and subsequent cover-up. Additionally the committee wants a number of documents, including memos between top White House aides documents and tape recordings! relating to Watergate. "The committee is determined to get to the truth wherever it may 1 e a d," Ervin said. "I have said time and time again that I. presume the President to be innocent. i "Nothing would mafcv me happier as an American citizen than to be able to say that on the basis of the evidence given this committee—evidence including tapes and documents— that the President had no connection with authorizing the Watergate affair and no connection with the cover-up efiforts," Ervin said. Nixon's Story He said the committee had no -intention of subpoenaing the President to testify before the committee, but he said he would stUtl like to hear Nixon's side of the story first hand. "We would be glad to have hiim come down just as Abraham Lincoln did on one occasion and just as Theodore Roosevelt did on two occasions after he left office." Ervin said. Amnesia Victim Identified by Friendly Handshake President Nixon greets Sen. George Mc- was thought that this.was the first time Nixon Govern (D-S. D.), his rival in the 1972 presidential campaign, during a formal dinner in m It u^senafor. UNIFAX McGovern had met soci President won a landslide victory over the honor of Nixon givfen l> Shah hi 1 : WASHINGTON (UPI) John B: is quitting after two months as President Nixon's part-time adviser, but Melvin R. Laird plans to stick it out as long as he feels he is making a contribution. The veteran politicians joined the White House staff after the Watergate scandal erupted forcing an exodus of Nixon's top lieutenants. Connally, former treasury secretary, joined the staff as an unpaid consultant to the President, while Laird took on a fulltime post as the President's chief domestic adviser. But after giving some advice to Nixon to "clean house" and to shake off the clique brought in by former aides H, R. Haldeman and John D. Ehrlichman, Connally became frustrated. He found the/President was in no mood to change his own lifestyle or to broaden the chain of command. about all the SEATTLE, Wash. (UPI)-The Seattle Times said Wednesday it had learned that James Richart Hutchinson, an amnesia victim in a Port Angeles nursing home, is a graduate civil engineer and has a family in Wadesboro, N.C Hutchinson, 41, was identified through FBI fingerprint files a week ago, but he has been unable to recall his identity or activities prior to being found at the bottom of a cliff near the mouth of the Queens River on the Washington coast July 7. Retrograde Amnesia Physicians at Olympic Hospital said Hutchinson was suffering from "total retrograde amnesia." He also has a broken shoulder.and a broken knee. The. Times said Hutchinson's plcfer brother, Henry, said his brother was graduated from North Carolina State College in 1959 with a degree in civil engineering. He was not married. "My brother was an independent type person who liked to make his own way in life," Henry told the Times. 4 'As far as I know, he was never in any kind of trouble with the law." James. Hutchinson had been foreman on pipeline projects and oil drilling operations, his brother said. Henry said he had not seen his brother since December of 1971. Hutchinson was transferred from the hospital to the nursing home a few days ago. "It's nice to have a real name," he said. "But John Doe sounds more familiar than James Richard Hutchinson. If anything, I'm more confused now than I was before." I've given advice I can give," Connally told a news conference on June 20, which was called to deny that he was disgruntled. But those who read between the lines agreed that Connally had had it. 'Clean House' of The former Texas stayed governor around long enough to help shape the new Phase IV economic controls program. He also met privately a few times with Nixon in Washington and San Clemente, Calif. , y then he returned to his "Picosa" ranch at Floresville, Tex. Connally and his wife will leave for a trip abroad in the near future. Connally had postponed an around-the-world journey when he joined the presidential staff. He later will rejoin his law firm in Houston. Connally had to sever his connections on the boards of several corporations dealing with the federal government when he took the. post as consultant. Where To Find It 4 SECTIONS 40 PAGES Abingdon Amusement — Busl Business News Classified Ads ..36-37 Comics-Radio Editorial Galva Hospital Notes Knoxville — Markets Monmout! Obituary Sports . icn Worker Falls Into Huge Beer Vat News NEW YORK (UPI) - Herbert Rainer, 47, was cleaning a 16-by-35-foot tank at Piel's brewery in Brooklyn Wednesday night, when he fell through an 18-inch hatch and into a huge vat filled to about the four-foot level with beer, authorities said. A police emergency squad removed the unconscious Rainer from the tank and took him to a hospital. He was in fair condition today. A %+: \$ ^ • • *- * r " ...» - *..c :~i*ta —*--,>- .r — V - • •> * - -- I —" + * • L 4 L . M + • - K j ^ 4 A -r Ha-il -«--j * HV — » 4 r V - 4* *-4> i ressional Adopted WASHINGTON (UPI) It Icampaign reform bill. started as a hard freeze on pay Nine votes later, the Senate, ' " on behalf of itself, the House, raises for Congress, the Cabinet, and the Judiciary. But by the time the Senate finished putting the heat on it, the freeze had thawed and almost melted away. Sen. James B. Allen, D-Alp., started an afternoon -long merry-go-round Wednesday when he proposed a no-raise policy as an amendment to a jthe Cabinet, and the Judiciary decided a raise was all right as long as it did not exceed wage guidelines while wage-price controls are in effect. On a 49-43 vote, the Senate adopted a sense of the Congress resolution and put itself on record in opposition to any pay increase exceeding the cost-of- living rise since the last raise in 1969, which put the salaries of Congressmen at $42,500 a year. At first, it appeared that the Allen amendment was headed for victory until Sen. John O. Pastore, D-R.I., offered a rider which would, have prevented those under the Allen proposal from accepting any speaking or writing honorariums, Pastore apparently offered the rider more in jest thSn in earnest and said he would wihtdraw it. But Sen. Barry M. Goldwater said no. When the vote was over, the Pastore rider was aboard, 5637. Assistant Senate Republican Robert P. Griffin tried to kill the package but failed 54-40. So, Sen. Henry M. Jackson, DrWash., applied some more heat. He offered an amendment that would have prohibited acceptance of any earned income except salary. That carried 64-30. Before the issue was settled, however, a number of senators complained they were "hurting" on their salaries, that the pifclic really didn't know how much it cost to be a senator, and that those opposing a pay raise were "phonies" and afraid of the press, TO 1 ¥ S I I | I W K =£J id* # * r- , r '-iff. •f m ^ -. . T*r - * v -"7 ** "•-> * . - up* i, -it . • .r, - £ ? . 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Patrick Gray III as acting FBI director upon learning that Gray ha,d destroyed documents bearing on the scandal. ure On 9 Related Stories Pages 2, 8, 22, 27 Weicker sajd at the nationally televised Senate Watergate hearings that he himself had virtually forced his old friend Gray to step down by leaking the story about the documents to reporters last April as soon as he learned it —some 10 days after Nixon found out. "I made sure that the story was laid out in front of the public as soon as I got it ... " quarters. Weicker said. "It wasn't something that could be withheld from the American public. These were facts. They were known. All that remained was how they were going to be told"But certainly in no wise did it ever occur to me was this something that could be left unattended to, that he could remain as acting director of the FBI," Weicker said. Gray stepped down April 27, the day after published reports that he had destroyed "political dynamite" documents that had been found in the White House safe of Watergate conspirator E. Howard Hunt Jr. three days after the June 17, 1972, bugging arrests at Democratic head- Wiecker exploded after John D. Ehrlichman—who has denied allegations that he ordered the destruction of the documents- testified that Nixon learned about the incident April 15 and had simply directed that a "report" be made on it by officials at the Justice Department. Earlier, Ehrlichman said constant pressure from Nixon for information on Daniel Ellsberg that the FBI could not furnish led to the formation of the * 'plumbers" group which broke into the office of Ellsberg's psychiatrist. Ehrlichman told the Senate Watergate Committee that it the summer of 1971 for data on Ellsberg and his friends above and beyond what the FBI was providing that led to the formation of the plumbers. That unit, on Labor Day weekend, 1971, broke into the office of Ellsberg's psychiatrist in Los Angeles in quest of Ellsberg's medical and emotional records. Ellsberg Issue Ehrlichman's testimony —for the third straight day focusing on the side issue of Ellsberg— was delayed more than one hour while the committee considered Nixon's refusal to was was because Nixon was "keep- provide Watergate-related docu- ing the pressure * on" through raents and tape recordings of crucial presidential conversations bearing on the scandal. Ehrlichman, cool and self- assured, told the committee 4 that White House agents were dispatched to secretly dig up as much information on Ellsberg as they could because there "a certain amount of lassitude on the gart of the FBI" to pursue the case. "This was very reluctantly entered into," he said. "It was not something the White House wanted to do and certainly not something I wanted to do. But the President, quite frankly, was really keeping the pressure on to get results." Denied Charges > V 4

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