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Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 3

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Catalog Of Import And Trivia Mbrtfiwest Arkantai TIMES, Friday, July 12, 1974 FAVITTIVILLI. ABKAHSA* No Major Disclosures Offered In Case Against President WASHINGTON (AP) - Millions of words of new, documentary evidence :and transcripts portray President Nixon .as a man worried, and at times defiant, as he sought to limit the impact of Watergate on his presidency. But the raw materials of the House impeachment inquiry, Spread before the public this week in two installments, offer no major disclosures about the case against the President. The/seven volumes of data released Thursday from a dispassionate catalogue of import and ; trivia -- the building blocks without the blueprint-for the - House Judiciary Committee's coming debate and decision on whether to recommend impeachment. Nowhere is there a signal of how the staff, will outline the case when it begins its.historic deliberations the week of i July 22. : ' "Together with . an eight-volume of rebuttal evidence of. fered by the White House and Tuesday's committee versions .of eight presidential conversa tions, they do more to elaborate than to alter what was '"'! yiously known about Watergate There are these new elements: . --On June 30, 1972, thirteen lays after the Watergate reak-in, Nixon was told there vas a (risk "of more stuff, valid r invalid, surfacing on the Wa- ergate caper." The President agreed and said: "We hope nothing'will. It may not. But here is always the risk ... well, I'd cut ;the loss fast. I'd cut- it ast." ' --Indirect evidence that Nixon' discussed the danger of Wa- .ergate involvement to himself on March 17, 1973 -- four days Defore the date he said he learned of the cover-up. --The President's dictated recollection and handwritten notes o fthe March 21, 1973, conversation in which John W. Dean III, then White House counsel, described the - involvement of presidential aides a n d ' campaign lieutenants in the break-in and cover-up. --Grand jury, testimony about the $75,000 payment relayed the night of March 21 to convicted Watergate, conspirator E. How ·ard Hunt Jr. That payment \vas cited by a federal grand jury as one o f . the acts in a conspiracy to block the break-in in vestigation. The committee's "Statement of Information" relied heavily on testimony at last year's Sen ate Watergate hearings, hith erto-secret gran d jury Iran cripts, court papers and White material, including H o u s e apes. . it is from the tapes that the committee staff received some f its most significant infqrma- on. In the Tuesday transcript of a conversation on .March 22, 1973, President Nixon advises aides that "I want you all to stonewall it, let them 1 plead the Fifth Amendment, cover-up or anything else, if it'll save it -save the plan." The quotation came in a discussion about the [orthcoming Watergate hearings and was omitted from the transcripts published by the White House in April. The same conversation shows the President saying that former Atty. Gen. John N. Mitchell was arguing that "we use flexibility ... in order to get on with the cover-up plan." The White House version had Nixon describing Mitchell's arguing for "flexibility in order to get off the cover-up line." And yet another committee transcript of a March 13, 1973, tape quotes Nixon telling Dean it was too late to exercise the option of telling all: "The hangout road's going to have to be rejected ... I understand it was grand jury report naming Nixon as an unindicted co-conspirator in the cover-up. The grand jury did not include the report in the material it asked U.S. District Judge John J. Sirica to turn over to the committee. Sources at the White House said there would be no point-by- point public response to the week's new disclosures. One official said the President's aides are weary of constantly denying charges. But presidential press secretary Ronald L. Ziegler-said "ii is more than a coincidence' that the impeachment inquiry's evidence was published at the same time that the Senate Watergate committee issued a report suggesting campaign funds were used for the President's personal benefit. Ziegler called it "a calculated effort at piling on as many charges as possible in an effort to manipulate public opinion." The documents and transcripts will be fused with the direct testimony of some 10 witnesses still being heard when the committee starts: its deliberations. The volume of documents alone -- more than 4,000 line. On the left side is the no- ;ation, "Gray's document." On .he right, the President wrote, "I'm not going to lie for Ehrlichman." Muqh of April 15 remains a mystery. That was the day when according to the White House, the tape reels recording Nixon's conversations ran out and the talks went unrecorded. These were among the disclosures in the committee's evidence: --Asst. Atty. Gen.'Peterson told the grand jury on Feb. 5 that while he was heading the original Watergate investigation, Nixon suggested that he act also as White House counsel. Petersen said that was in April, 1973, and that he thought it "was a little heavy-handed." --Ziegler told the grand jury that his March 30, 1973, denial of .any White House involvement in Watergate was obviously an ad lib on my part." Nixon has said he learned of the involvement of his aides nine days earlier, but Ziegler said the President hadn't told him about it at the [ime. -- B e f o r e t h e Walergata break-in, during the controversy over Republican campaign contributions offered by International Telephone Telegraph Corp., Nixon suggested That Republicans "boycott al investigating committees on the ground that they are politically motivated." rejected." Not included in Thursday's mountain of evidence was the Nixon Defense Involves Effort To Discredit Dean Testimony WASHINGTON (AP) ' -- . A n Attempt to discredit presiden- 'tial accuser John W. Dean III is a keystone of the four- pronged defense of President Nixon presented by his lawyer to :the House, Judiciary Committee. · The defense of Nixon in the Impeachment inquiry was inade last month by White House lawyer James D. i St. Clair and released.Thursday by the committee along with its own far longer statements of information and evidence. St. Clair cited six events obviously, designed to challenge the credibility of Dean, the for. rher White House counsel who accused Nixon a year ago of involvement in the Watergate cover-up. St. Clair questioned Dean directly Thursday at a closed session of the Judiciary panel. Some committee members questioned later, said the, main outline of Dean's testimony last summer emerged intact. The other main elements of the Nixon defense documents are citations of evidence designed to show that: . --A $75,000 'payoff to Watergate defendant E. Howard Hunt Jr. was undertaken without the President's authorization. --The White House was .hoi involved in the Watergate break-in and Nixon did no' know of the cover-up unti March 21, 1973. ' . --Nixon took steps to uncovei the Watergate story after March 21, 1973. The bulk of St. Glair's evi dence is Senate Watergate com mittee public testimony from ast year and edited transcripts f presidential conversations eleased by the White House April 30. The attempts to discredit Dean included citing evidence hat he: . - · : --Telephoned Frederick C. iaRue, a Nixon re-election committee official, about a payoff for Hunt, but told Nixon later the same day he had not alked to LaRue. --Was told by Nixon to write a report on Watergate but testi- ied to the Senate Watergate committee that such instruc- jons came only later from H.R. Haldeman. . , --Did not tell prosecutors un Jl 16 months later that-he hac discarded materials- belonging to Hunt. - Had a lawyer who threatened to involve Nixon in Water ;ate unless Dean got immunity 'rom prosecution for his role in the. cover-up of the break-in. St. Clair cited testimony bj Dean, LaRue and former Atty Gen. John N. Mitchell in his at tempt to show Nixon did no' authorize the $75,000 paymen to Hunt, made the day after Dean told Nixon about the Wa tcrgate cover-up. LaRue testified that when hi asked Mitchell for authorization to pay Hunt, he mentioned only $75,000 demanded for legal fees not additional sums asked fp: personal expenses. . St. Clair listed testimony o conversations of Dean, Halde man, John D. Ehrlichman, Mil chcll, Gordon C. Strachan anc Nixon to try to show the Whit House and President were no involved in various aspects o the Watergate affair. Committee Endorses Buffalo National River Project Plans LITTLE ROCK (AP) -- The state Technical Review Committee of the governor's cabinet Committee on Natural Resources endorsed Thursday the Buffalo National River project. The committee's policy is to confine its recommendations to the adequacy or inadequacy of · impact statements. However, Trusten H...Holder proposed the endorsement Thursday because he said he feared that some persons would construe critical remarks about the .impact statement and master plan by some committee members , as opposition to the entire project. Holder's motion, which was ronmcntal Preservation Division of the state Department of Pollution Control and Ecology. Holder's motin, which was adopted unanimously, also urged the National Park Service to complete acquisition of land as quickly as possible. Land apqusition has been hampered by a group of landowners in the area who had won a federal court order pro- · hibiting land condemnation un- · til an environmental impact statement is approved. Some 14,000 acres of the eventual 75,730 acres earmarked for the project have ; been acquired by the Park . Service through voluntary sales or gifts. Hester A. Davis, slate archeologist, said : she was not op; posed to the national river proj- ; ect but denounced the impact statement as inadequate. Sh said the statement should con tain plans to locate and protei archeological resources in th area. G. T. Kellogg, director of th slate Health Department's Bi reau of Consumer Frotectio Services, said the master pla should be considered adequate until it recognize .hat some communities want use the Buffalo River as a pul "ic water supply source. In other business Thursda; .he committee decided it shoa not to be precluded from makir a recommendation on tl adequacy of an impact stat ment on a proposed coal-fire electric power plant in Nort west Arkansas because. tl state 'Public Service Commi sion and the state Deparlme of Pollution Control and Ecol gy will hold hearings on t! proposal. 3; ^**. I ·5.!' *·*' I K.' Something Special STOKE-ON-TRENT, England (AP) -- American housewife Phyllis Morrow of Houston, Tex., collected a new 225 piece bone china dinner service and left her husband with a bill for $48,000. Mrs. Morraw, '30-year-old mother of two, decided she wanted something special for her dinner guests. So she commissioned the local potter to make hpr a dinner .service. On Thursday, she and her bus band, oil producer Thomas Morrow, picked up the finished work. pages illustrates the com- Close Vote Is Expected On Jones Removal LITTLE ROCK (AP) - To^ ay is the day of decision for te Arkansas Senate on the uestion of ousting Sen. Buy H. Mutt" Jones Sr. Some senators have, said pri- ately they don't, want to re- nove Jones, but public pres- ure for the removal makes a lose vote likely. Several senators received a umber of telegrams, letters nd telephone calls Thursday rging that Jones be ousted. Jones would be removed only f 24 senators voted against nm. ; While Ally .Gen. Jim Guy Tucker said that only 18 votes,' majority, was necessary, ones' attorneys said that 24 /mild be necessary. The Senate dcpted the 24-vote- require- lent. ' The Senate apparently . has r oted .only, once before -- in 937 '--- on a similar case. That role was unanimous to keep the enator who was challenged at hat time. Jones, 63, of Conway, a scna- or for 24 years, represents the 1st District, which is com- losed of Faulkner County, Van Buren County and part of Convay County. He has two years left In his current term. If the Senate 'oted to remove him, the posi- ion would be declared vacant and a special election would he held to fill it. . Jones' qualifications were questioned June 24 when the Senate adopted Senate Resolu- ion 1, which called for an inquiry because of his conviction on federal income tax charges. The case against Jones was resented. in five minutes Thursday by Eugene Warren of tittle .Rock, the attorney hired o represent the Senate in the inquiry. plexity of the task facing the 21 Democrats and 17 Republicans. The material is organized between beige-colored covers chronological order, without conclusions or comments. Side-by-side with once-secret transcripts are handwritten presidential notes, White House memos and even newspaper clippings. The compilation deals only with Watergate and its aftermath. It does not cover the committee's other areas of peachmcnt inquiry. Chairman Peter W. Rodino Jr., D-N.J., said the record his ahel published is Incomplete )ecause the President refused :o comply with subpoenas for more tape recordings and documents. Rodino also said that he and Rep. Edward Hutchinson, R- Mich., had deleted material "in a few instances" to protect the rights of Watergate defendants, Because of security classifications or because it was not pertinent. In a foreword to the lished evidence, Rodino the panel sought to keep it dry and factual. In an eighth volume, _., pages long, presidential lawye. James D. St. Clair offered evidence seeking to prove Nixon's innocence, to challenge the credibility of;his chief accuser, John W. Dean III, and to demonstrate that the President did not order hush money paid to ·«,;;· up Watergate. St. Clair's rebuttal contended .hat the transcript of the March !1 meeting of Nixon, Dean and ilaldeman "clearly demonstra- :es that the 'President recog-' nizes that any blackmail and cover-up activities then in progress could not continue." The largest single segment of committee evidence dealt with the events of .March 21--long considered the most crucial day in the Watergate aftermath. The most curious, and totally unexplained, items in the seven committee volumes are the cryptic notations President Nixon made on a sheet of legal paper on April 15, 1973. That was the Sunday when Kleindienst and Asst. Atty. Gen.. Henry E. Petersen told the President' the massive cover-up story outlined to them by federal prosecutors. Midway down the page is a section, divided by a vertical Miss Arkansas Competition Continues HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) -Aretha Kaye Bagsby, 18, of Clarksville won the talent com petition and Cherri Lynn Baker, 17, of North Little Rock, won the swimsuit competition in preliminary events here Thursday night of the Miss Arkansas pageant. Miss Bagsby, who is' representing . College of the Ozarks, sang "Killing Me Softly." She is one of two black women entered in the pageant. Miss Baker, who is Miss Arkansas Valley, is 5 feet 6^ and weighs 115 pounds. Her measurements are 37-24-36. She is formerly of Stuttgart. Thirly r eight women from throughput Arkansas are competing in the event. The new Miss Arkansas will be crowned Saturday night. Sip it slow... Kentucky Beau We'vebeenmaking gentle men's whiskey in Kentucky since 1800. And everything we know has gone into Kentucky Beau. We took our time making It. Take your time drinking it. .86 Proof, 6 Years Old .Kentucky Beau Slraighl Bourbon Whiskey SAVE NOW PRE-INVENTORY SALE! 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