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   Southern Illinoisan (Newspaper) - May 10, 1974, Carbondale, Illinois                                010175 PUBLICATION OFPICf Carbondale Murphysboro Herrin 710 N Illinois 1113 Walnut 112 N Hlinoisan BOX Volume 82No 111lOe Copy Two Section IUCCMMT tt frtw Hirrlnodiy Joiirnil umimMMt x FRIDAY MAY 10 DECATUR President losing in GOP Chairman Peter W Rodino opens first session of impeachment inquiry AP Wirephoto House Judiciary Committee begins im Washington AP Stocked with facts and sworn to secrecy members of the House Judiciary Committee have begun to consider evidence in its historic inquiry into possi ble impeachment of President Nixon During a long closed briefing Thursday the committee re ceived a detailed account if events leading up to the Water gate of June 17 1972 and a thick pile of supporting facts Members said the staff presentation reached noconclu sions and did not relate directly to any presidential conduct It was strictly said Rep John Conyers DMichl It was all familiar nothing new added Rep Don Edwards DCalif VV Both acknowledged however inquiry that the information presented Thursday would link up with facts to be brought out in later sessions and make it pertinent to theimpeachment inquiry The committee is scheduled to hold three more closed sessions next week all devoted to Watergate and the ensuing ef forts to cover it up Five other lareas of presidential activity involved in the inquiry will be dealt with in following weeks Liddy found guilty Washington AP G Gordon Liddy was found guilty on two contr of contempt of Congress today despite a plea that his lips were sealed acainst telling what he knew about the White House plumbers unit U S District Judge John H Poratt gave Liddy a suspended sentence of six months on each count In suspending the sentence and putting Liddy on oneyears probation the judge noted what he called the extenuating cir cumstances that Liddy is al ready serving a heavy sentence Subpoena expected PreWatergate tape may be key Washington AP The tape of a White House conversation two months before the June 1972 Watergate bur glary emerged today as a key piece of evidence missing hi the House Judiciary Committees impeachment probe Committee sources said subpoena for the tape will prob ably be issued next week The tape of an April 4 1972 meeting between President Nixon former White House chief of staff H Halderhan and former Atty Gen John Mitchell is oheofc76 Watergate tapes Nixon has refused to turn over to the committee The gap the missing evidence leaves in the case put together by the Judiciary Committee staff was pointed out by chief counsel John Doar Thursday when presentation of the evi dence began Doar recommended the tape be subpoenaed and Chairman Peter Rodino DN J said a day would be set aside next week committee to on such matters as the issuance of subpoenas Mortgage market gets boost The WhiteHouse today it is pumping in an addi billion to bolster the nations sagging housing mar ket President Nixon said the moneyiwill be used to subsidize interest rates on conventional governmentinsured mortgages and to provide additional cash for the nations savings and loan institutions The savings and toans ale the biggest contributors to the housing mortgage market They havebeen plagued by declining money to lend as investors seek out more lucrative investments with interest rates Washington StarNews And Associated Press Washington Sen Richard Schweiker of Pennsylvania added his name todaytoa growing list of Re publicans urgjng President Nixon to resign In a letter addressed to the President Schweiker said Nixon shouldstep down because the Watergate transcripts released by theiWhite House ilast week reveal a total disregard for the moral and tthical values upon which this nation was builti I am compelled to speak out Schweiker said I cannot remain1silent in the face of the now obvious moral corrosion destroying Nixon has come under grow ing pressure to resign since re leasing the transcripts 10 days ago Some of the pressure has come from conservative Re publicans who have supported him in the past However White House Deputy Press Secretary Gerald L Warren said Thursday Nixon is determined to remain in of fice despite comments by some and Bie attacks by Others Appearing on NBCs Today show White House counselor Dean Burch said today I dont thinkthe President has any tention of resigning I have no reason for believing the Presi dent is cohsideringiresigning 1 Burch said Nixon feels hehas not committed any impeachable offense and feels obligated to complete the fouryear term to which he was elected in 1972 Burch predicted Nixon would give that answer to any delega tionthat might come to fee White House to seek his resig nation It seems to methe President ofihe United States is entitled to due process Burch added House Republicans have be gun r to discuss amongthem selves the possibility of taking joint action to seelc President Nixons resignation in the Watergatescandal At thispoint the ferment in the House minority ispervasive but formless In he last 48 hors for example there have been intensive in meetings of the Wednesday Club and the SOS Club two ad hoc groups of Republican congress WARMER Schweiker urges Nixon resign House huddling men but no conclusions on how to proceed wellplaced sources said privately mat they expect more pragmatic discussions within the next week or 10 day But there is no consensus yet on what forum theRepublicans might useto demand that the Presiden step aside Nor is there any agreement on t h e timing or form of such an ac tion One knowledgeable Republi can described the status this way A lot of us are trying to as sess the situation as to what is the best time to make a decision to combine forces to call upon the President to resign But first we have to decide whether to do it Nobody wants to jump out in front of this thing he sadd so the conversationsthis week are trying to find out how many feel this way The statement Thursday by House minority leader John J Rhodes that Nixon should con sider resignation as a possible option was described by sev eral intimates as 1 an ac curate reflection of thinking among House Republicans arid 2 a response to their pressure on Rhodes to act It was a deliberate escalation of his position a Republican leader said It was very im portant Schweiker is the third Repub lican senator to call for Nixons resignation Sens Edward W Brooke of Massachusetts and James L Buckley of New York previously had called on Nixon to resign There is no question that the Presidents position is continu ing to deteriorate said a senior Republican senator Another Reported increasing cloakroom talk that Nixon would resign if theHouse votes to impeach him Almost nobody in the House in private conversation now believes that impeachment is not a foregone conclusion said Rep Charles Statements that Nixon should consider resigning were made Thursday by John B Anderson of Illinois chairman of the House Republican Conference and Barber G Conable ofNew York chairman of the GOP Policy Committee But former New York Gov Nelson A Rockefeller also a Republican said Thursday that although Nixon should not resign the process of impeach ment should go onward He said Nixons resignation would leave too many unanswered questions and circumvent the Constitu tion Expressing sorrow and dis may over theWhite House transcripts Rockefeller told a news conference in Kansas City that it is in the national inter est to get this situation resolved promptly No comment on topics President Ford confer for an hour in private Washington AP President Nixon and Vice President Gerald R Ford met privately today their first meeting since Ford suggested Watergate and other disclosures i have created a crisis of confi dence in government White House Deputy Press Secretary Gerald L Warren said fre two men met for about an hour Asked what was discussed Warren said we have always said they would meet frequent ly but declined to elaborate on the topics covered There were reports Thursday thatNixon hadcalled in Ford for meeting today Satur day although White House Press Secretary Ronald Ziegler insisted he knew nothing of such plans Nixon aides also insisted Nix on was planning to tough out increasing calls forhis resigna tion but me bravado was coun tered by reports of day long meetings with Republican leaders and reports of Nixon appearing upset Fords office said the meeting withNixon woulddelay by about a scheduled vice presi dential trip to Buffalo N Y Ford was to attend a luncheon meeting of the Building Trades Council there and an evening fundraising reception for Rep Jack Kemp RN Y Despite indictments Areafirmsget road work pacts Index Tonight partly cloudy and a little warmer Low in the low to mid 50s Saturday part ly cloudy to cloudy Chance of showersbr thunderstorms A little warmer high in the mid 70s to low 80s The chance of rain is 30 per cent Saturday Comics TV 4 Family 14 Weather details Springfield AP Three highway construction firms indicted on charges of bid rigging have been awarded million in state road con tracts The contracts involve con struction in Southern Illinois the Transportation Department said Thursday E T Simonds Construction Co and J D Barter Construc tion Co Inc two Carbondale area firms were awarded a contract for work on Illinois 13 near Harrisburg Superior Structures Co Inc of Marion wasawarded a million contract to grade a road and build a railroad grade separation structure on Illinois 13 between Carbondale and Murphysboro The three companies were in dicted by a federal grand jury on charges mat they conspired with 19 other firms to set the low bids on million in road work awarded by the state between January 1969 and March 1972 named in the indict ments were four company ex ecutivesi including Simonds president Eugene T Simonds and Barterpresident H H entered pleas of innocent tothe charges Nixon transcripts shock area pastors The release of the inner office conversations of a Pres ident that many Southern II linoisans considered to be a proper churchgoing Quaker has caused many area minis ters figuratively to bow their heads Nearly every minister con tacted expressed shock first at the expletivedeleted lan guage and second at the content of the recently releas ed Watergate tape transcripts The Rev Maurice L Swin ford of Mie First Baptist Church of Herrin said he has read the transcripts and he is not at all pleased Im one of those waited and waited and have given the benefit of doubt I wish we could have the whole truth to make the right conclusion I feel like we dont have it yet f dont approve of the lang uage Tne Kev John Norvel of Most find both language contents pretty rotten the Church of Christ of Herrin said Iff pretty rotten It leaves you frustrated be cause you dont knowwho to put office You dont know whether you are going to get a crook or not I know in private they are not really good moral peo ple The Rev Otto Brown of the West First Baptist Church said the tapes reflect an internal decay which is endangering the countrys sur vival He said the issue was fur ther proof of a brepkdown of some of the principles upbn which the nation was found ed I mean principles such as honestyby the rpeople and the politicians And that is a morality problem he said I dont see how Nixon can call himself a Quaker said Jane Stowe a member of the Carbnndale Society of Friends All of us arev appalled but not surprised When Nixonan on such a strong law and order platj form he didnt show much j concernfor civil liberties Its i the same kindof morality that caused Vietnam and Cambo dia The Rev Jaqk Frerker of the Carbondale Newman Cen ter said The Nixon adminis tration follows law and order in the worst sense of the word They feel that their opinion is law and the order is to get rid of anyone who doesnt share their opinion The issue is the attitude behind Water that way but preachers live a sheltered life and everybody polishes up their language when they see a preacher coming It certainly didnt do the Presidents image any good You woutf think someone in his position could carry on an intelligent conversation lo UK aniiuuc ucuiiiv gate the willingness of Nixon without all the expletives to serve up any of his offi rials as offerings and his call ous attitutde that people are to be used Yes I think hes guilty and should be impeach ed TheRev Everett Lynch pastor of the Marion Zion Uni ted Church of Christ said The kindest thing a person can say is it war a letdown Idont know that I was too surprised but it is kind of a letdown to hear toplevel things being handled thatway I guess one shouldnt be surprised at the language I guess a lot of people talk TheRev Bruce Patton pas tor ofthe Marion First Chris tian Church said he did not react so much to theJanguage as to the contents of the tapes I havent studied the tran scripts enough to be sure but they continueto raise ques tions I do not think they I really support the Presidents statements i Its going to be very hard to make a solid conclusion The whole picture will end up as a personal he said The Rev Donald Batz of i theUnited Methodist Church in Murphysboro said The locker room language of the Watergate tapes was never intended to appear as copy for daily newspapers We are naive to assume that the pro fanity is unique only to the OvalOffice or that politicians do notexpress themselves ex cept in proper CM English I am far more concerned about immorality of Watergate oiam I am1 about theimmorality of the profane language on thetapesI find it superficialto wash Presi dent Nixons mouth out with soap when thereare so many other charges against him thatneed vindication The Rev Paul Worley of the First Pentecostal Church in Murphysboro said he was very disappointed ingov ernment officials use of the offcolor language He said he didnt think such language was used this is with the cover on A   

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