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   Southern Illinoisan (Newspaper) - August 6, 1974, Carbondale, Illinois                                PUBLICATION OFFICE Carbondale 710 N Illinois Murphyfboro 1113 Walnut Harrln 212 N 16th Volume 82No a Copy Illin Two Sections Tablof 7 SUCCMMT to fta mrrln Dally Journal Murphysboro TUESDAY AUGUST 6 1974 Nixon tells Cabinet h 010175 IK LIBRARY LS NEWSPAPERS BOX 789 DECATUR ILL 62525 CarbondaleHerrlnMurphysbeM AP William E Simon told newsmen Facing thegravest crisis of as he left the White House his presidency Richard M He will follow the constitu Nixon blvffltly told his tional process said a ranking today he will not voluntarily leave the nations highest of fice Cabinet members who emerged from the urgent 90 iminute session quoted the President as saying he intends White House official in response to growing demands that Nixon voluntarily step down as 37th President of the United States Some of the strongest pressure for Nixons removal from office came from his staunchest sup if 1 COJUCill imJuiiJMW to stay on and allow the Conj porters in the past stitution to be the overriding Nine of the 10 Republicans on ifactor the House Judiciary Committee We have laws in this land who voted against all three articles of impeachment ap1 land he is sworn to uphold the articles of impeachment api laws Treasury Secretary proved by the committee said Ford among Jasf to hear latest data Mondays disclosure had caused them to reassess their posi tions Many of them said flatly they would vote for impeachment if Nixon does not resign The 10th antiimpeachment Republican on the committee Rep Trent Lett of Mississippi could not be reached for com ment As Nixon gathered his Cabinet members and closest advisers around him ranking White House officials summed up the reaction to Mondays disclosure in two words Its bad Newsmen and photographers Text Of Statement although he smiled once while engaging Kissinger and Schles in animated conversa tion 18 But en route to the Cabinet who were admitted briefly at the start of the Cabinet meeting found the President flanked by an unsmiling Secretary of State Henry A Kissinger and Defense Secretary James Schlesinger puffing on a pipe To some observers Nixon appeared somewhat tired and drawn meeting said in response to a reporters question that he absolutely supports the President A White House spokesman said all items would be open for discussion at the meeting but another official said Its not a strategy meeting About three hours earlier Nixons top White House aides llJAUIi O LUJJ gathered in the office of staff j or I will chief Alexander M Haig to assess reaction to Nixons ad mission that he tried to block a portion of the FBI probe and that he withheld evidence from Congress the public and his own lawyers Two sources indicated that James D St Clair had made a veiled threat to resign as the Presidents Watergate lawyer unless Nixon made clear that St Clair was not informed of the content of the transcripts until last week Another source said St Clair had in effect told Nixon You make a statement St Clairs assistants repeated ment I couldnt make u because today that the Nixon lawyer has Im under a court order not to no intention of resigning j make any comment I will not H R Haldeman Nixons have a comment on this or any former chief of staff declined of the other things that are comment on the new transcripts happening which depict the President and On Capitol Hill more of Nlx Mm a way to divert ons oncestaunch FBIs Watergate investiga 10Reaehedby telephone at the spokesmen again denied Nixon home of his motherinlaw on I would step down saying instead Bav Island about 30 miles fromf he plans to fight on Los Angeles Haldemanj Vice President Gerald R Ford canceled a scheduled speech to I have told vou all over and an agricultural group so that he over again that I would have no could attend the White House comment Even if I had a comi meeting c Washington StarNews Washington Ford reiterated his view that Nixon is innocent of any Theman who would succeed peachable offense and I havent President Nixon if he is forced from office was among the last of the White House inner circle to learn that the President would admit to a role in the Watergate coverup At least one member of Con gress Rep Charles E Wiggins JRCalif was told of Nixons planned admission three days before Vice President Ford was Informed As a result of his being kept in the dark Ford continued his coasttocoast campaign of defending the President Satur day the day after Wiggins was apprised of the three White House tapes that implicated the President in the coverup In Jackson Miss Saturday changed my mind His first inkling of the new development in the impeach Albert says debate may Jbe shortened Washington AP Speaker Carl Albert DOkla said Tuesday he thinks the House will shorten the time devoted to the impeachment debate Albert commented at a news conference after a massive drop Nixon coverup role New transcripts dont back denial development m uic ment struggle came Monday as I in support for President Nixon he was flying back to among House Republicans led to Washington aboard Air Force II many suggestions that the im He was informed by telephone that Nixon was about to release a significant statement And when he arrived at his J1IC111J peachment proceedings should be both speeded up and shortened Albert indicated that advanc Ana wnen ne auivcu at office in the Execuitve the starting time of the Building the vice president debate from the learned that White House chief of staff Alexander M Haig Jr wanted to speaV to him Ford called Haig and was told of the Presidents decision to release publicly three tape recordings of presidential con versations that linked Nixon to the coverup scheduled date of Aug 19 might be more difficult It has been discussed he said No decision has been made There are certain pro blems of logistics we have got to get everything ready There are rules to be con sidered Former backers urging impeachment i i 4t1 o c Washington AP I Newly released Watergate transcripts conflict with some of Nixons denials of involvement in the affair The President in releasing the three new transcripts Monday conceded that two of his earlier statements had been wrong He said that in one case his memory had played tricks on him In another case he had missed the importance of transcripts that show he tried to keep the FBI from investigating an important aspect of the Watergate breakin Here are the major con flicts May 22 Statement The President issued a lengthy written statement May 22 1973 denying personal involvement in the Watergate coverup He conceded he had tried to limit the scope of the FBIs in vestigation but said he had in R D strutted his aides H Haldeman and John Ehrlichman only to tell the FBI and Central Intelligence I Agency to ensure that no secret Washington AP An accelerating call for im peachment or resignation came today from House Republicans reacting to President Nixons disclosure that he deliberately withheld evidence of the Watergate coverup Rep Edward Hutchinson of Michigan the ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee said he feels he has been deceived It is clear to me the evidence is there to support article one the obstruction of justice charge Hutchinson said in a statement Another committee member who voted against all impeach ment articles Henry P Smith III of New York said In view of this new evidence I must vote for impeachment on the grounds of obstruction of justice Rep Charles W Sandman Jr of New a stalwart com mitt eeCIA operation covered defender oTthe President during the impeachment hearings said if Nixon does not Former Nixon backers ask him to quit One of those reassessing his position Rep Delbert D Latta of Ohio said in an interview this morning Ive always felt that in order to impeach a President you had to have direct evidence the President was the direct evidence Meanwhile members who voted for im peachment said Nixons action confirms their view One of them Rep M Caldwell Butler was un It was certainly not my in tent nor my wish that the in vestigation of the Watergate In a statement Monday the President said the May 22 statement was wrong That statement was based on my recollection at the time some 11 months later plus documentary materials and relevant public testimony of those involved he said August 15 Statement On Aug 15 1973 the President said he didnt know about the coverup until White House counsel John W Dean III told him about it on March 21 1973 Not only was I unaware of any coverup but I was unaware there was anything to cover up Nixon said Actually Nixon had been told more than a year earlier within a week of the Watergate break in itself that Mitchell might have had some prior knowledge of the wiretapping and that two former White House aides Hunt and G Gordon Liddy were involved Haldeman told him that Mitchell didnt know details but said Mitchell probably pressured Liddy into commiting the burglary by demanding more intelligence information about the Democrats April 29 Statement When President Nixon releas ed the first batch of edited transcripts a little more than and here furnishing himself Latta asked if his vote had switched said Well we havent cast that vote but cer tainly you cant defend that one particular charge I think the only remaining question is whether or not that standing in and of itself would be an im peachable offense Sandman told a news con ference that the transcript of a June 23 1972 conversation 1 released by Nixon Monday is Republican I tne type Of hard proof I believe them tiev ivi said Nixons statement breakin or of related acts be makes me a little more com impeded inany way the fortable with my vote President had said three months ago on April 29 Elsewhere in Congress many He said then that some hfi IThese actions wil at members said the Presidents had later undertaken last once and for all show that statement increased the odds for ranging efforts to limit the mj whatlknew and what I did with Nixons impeachment and revestigation but added I was regard t0 the Watergate break not aware of any such efforts at 6 rnvpIIID were iust as I moval from office Hes gone said Rep Joel T Broyhill RVa of Nixon This is the end said Rep Harold V Froehlich RWis A kernel of support remained among the southern Democrats who have long sided with Nixon Rep Otto E Passman DLa said the disclosure of the new tapes would not be enough to force him to vote for impeach resignhe will vote for im peachment Among the 10 Jr members of the committee who is necessary I can ment In the Senate where the day s developments made It certain Nixon would go on trial if he does not resign Republicans reacted to the White House news with visible gloom sadness and resignation None however immediately followed the path of assistant Senate Republican Leader Rob had opposed all proposed articles of impeachment to of he the Sandman was the fifth change his mind because Nixons disclosure that withheld evidence from committee Four others said they were reassessing their position and the 10th could not be reached for comment THREATENING escape from this informa UCUCITG UCIKIH see no ert P Griffin d Michigan who Sandman said there is no question in his mind but that the transcript establishes an im peachable offense under the first article of impeachment voted by the committee the one charging obstruction of justice in the coverup of the Watergate breakin I sincerely hope the Presi dent will act with dispatch Sandman said My view now is the vote will be practically unanimous Asked whether he thinks the Senate would convict Nixon if the House votes impeachment Tonight chance of thunder Sandman replied I cant see 0 r Ml Vl 6 V rAlllfl QO storms with low in the low 60s Wednesday chance of thunderstorms high in mid or upper 80s Partly cloudy skies expected Thursday through Saturday with possi bility of scatterec showers Daily highs in 80s and lows in 60s INDEX Classified Bridge Crossword Editorial Family Living Records Weather details map Youth how they could do otherwise Rep Charles E Wiggins RCalif who car ried the main burden of Nixons defense in the Judiciary Com mittee said Monday After considerable reflection I have reached the painful conclusion that the President the United States should resign Wiggins added that he would vote for impeachment if Nixon remained their minds Monday on impeachment werej Republican Judiciary Com mittee members David W Den nis of Indiana Wiley Mayne of Iowa and Joseph J Maraziti of 19 4 67 1417 1112 17 in office Also changing earlier in the day called on Nixon to resign Faced with the prospect of serving as jurors in a Senate trial most senators declined to comment about the details of Nixons disclosure But Sen William E Brock R Tenn said it had to be damag ing to the Presidents case Sooner or later theres got to be some good news Brock said as he walked away from a group of reporters How soon he was asked The senator shrugged his shoulders and sighed Sen Carl T Curtis RNeb in the time1 The tapes show otherwise Six days after the Watergate the President was told that the FBI investigation was threatening to uncover a finan cial link between the burglars and his own reelection cam paign committee and that this would involve his chief fund raiser Maurice H Stans and possibly his campaign director John R Mitchell He approved a plan to have the CIA tell the FBI to stay the hell out of this The only discussion of possible national security implications was a suggestion by Nixon that Haldeman and Ehrlichman tell the CIA that a full FBI in vestigation might embarrass the CIA because it had employed E Hunt Jr one of the in and coverup were just as I have described them to you from the very beginning Actually the facts were somewhat different from what Nixon had stated publicly as he admitted Monday He said April 29 the full resources of the FBI and the an interview on the NBC Bomb kills 3 in LA Los Angeles AP A bomb exploded in a bank of lockers at the passenger terminal of the Los Angeles In ternational Airport today killing three persons and critically in juring five others authorities said an imtavicw The bomb blast ripped Today show this morning through an area 75 to 100 feet said I find nothing in there1 that says he was enga obstructing justice Curtis said he is also con cerned about of having a new president and vice president who have never aced national election but gotten their positions through appoint ment I do not think that Watergate is worth starting the parade toward becoming a banana republic he said a Fire Department spokesman said I KewJemy Vice President Gerald R Ford who was chosen by Nixon to replace Spiro T Agnew would choose a new vice presi dent if he were to succeed Nixon Justice Department were used to investigate the Watergate incident thoroughly I instructed my staff and campaign aides to cooperate fully with the in vestigation According to the new transcript Nixon instructed his aides to tell the FBI Dont go any further into this case period Nixon said April 29 that the transcripts he released then will tell it all Everything that is relevant is included he said Actually the highly relevant June 23 tapes were not included Nixon said Monday that he I found out that the June 23 tapes I presented potential problems for him but only a short time after the releasing of the first batch of transcripts He conceded that he had been wrong to withhold the June 23 tapes from the House Judiciary Committee and from his own lawyers I did not realize the extent of the implications which these conversations might now appear to have he explained This was a serious act of omission for which I take full responsibility and which I deeply regret Walker seeks more tank car inspections Chicago AP Saying that government Is way behindthe times in enforc ing railroad safety Gov Daniel Walker said today he will push for stronger state inspection of tracks and tank cars Speaking to some 400 residents in Southern Illinois were their homes evacuated from because of chemical tank car leak Walker said the Illinois Commerce Commission needs a bigger staff to inspect all tracks in Blinou Supt Pete Pittman adjusts blocks on machinery headed for Alaska Equipment loaded in area tor rich Alaska cold cash By 0 R Walley Of The Southern Illinoisan Want to make about a month You can go along with some heavy construction equipment now being shipped from Gore ville to Valdez Alaska The opportunity to earn that kind of money is there A 12man crew of the River Construction Corp of Fort Worth Tex is loading about 45 pieces of equipment bull dozers cranes and dirtmov ers onto flatcars on Burling ton Northern Railroad siding in the Johnson County village River Construction and Mor rison Knudsen Corp were awarded a million con tract about two months ago to build 147 miles of the Alas kan oil pipeline The two companies will em ploy 500 to 600 men in the work on their section of the 48inch pipeline which will bring oil from the North Slope 787 miles south to Valdez From 12000 to 15000 men will be employed by five contrac tors for the entire project Construction of a road to get equipment in is under way and the companies will begin some construction work this year The main work will start next spring and the pipeline should be finished in 1977 giver Construction last year installed a pipeline for Texas Eastern Corp from Calvert City Ky to Interstate 57 in Southern Illinois Equipment used in the pro ject was stored through the winter at the old works of the Southern Illinois Stone Co quarry about four miles south of Goreville Equipment Supt Pete Pitt man of Longview Tex and Purchasing Supt Johnnie Morris of Sherman Tex are supervising the equipment move The equipment goes from Goreville by Burlington North to Seattle Wash where it is loaded on barges and shipped to Valdez the nearest icefree port in Alaska and a town of about 550 Both Pittman and Morris are scheduled to go to Alaska for the project but neither is enthusiastic after previous experiences there Pittman who endured 70 de grees below zero weather while in the Army in World War II in Alaska says Im supposed to go if I dont change my mind Morris who was weather ed in by winds 70 to 80 miles an hour for several days in Kodiakwhile in the Air Force after the war says If I go I may be the first one to come back Pittmaa said there will be no living in town for the workers Prefabricated bar racks will be set up in pret ty rough territory Men will work 7 to 10 hours a day seven days a week The wage scale will be to an hour with time and a half after 40 hours Pittman said heavy equip ment operators welders pipe fitters all the skilled workers may earn to a week Morris believes there wiD be a large turnover of workers until wages are ad justed even higher to keep men in Alaska Morris said any area worker wanting to work in Alaska couldcontact his local union officers who would refer him to the local union handling the hiring The welder local is in Tulsa Okla and the operating engineers local in Seattle for example Pittman said R and R rest and recreation is not definite ly settled but theres not much they can do except send a man home for a couple of weeks Pittman remembers at 70 below you could not deeply because it would freeze your lungs At 70 below we wont do dont believe you can work then   

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