Cedar Rapids Gazette, May 26, 1974

Cedar Rapids Gazette

May 26, 1974

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - May 26, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Gfy Lost More Than ll Gained (In Section A) I i V, Average of Federal Funds in hnva (In Section B) Section A Weather- Moslly cloudy with chiince ol rnin tuduy through .Monday; high today in low 70s low loniglil in 'ilk, high Monday in CDs. VOLUME !K-NUMBER 137 CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA, SUNDAY, MAY 26, 1974 ASSOCIATED PRESS, UPI, NEW YORK TIMES Nixon, Impeachment Photo by Dale Hankln? The Pinicon Ridge campgrounds on the Wapsipinicon river at Central City north of Cedar Rapids were busy places this weekend, but so were all 12 campgrounds in Linn county. Con- servation Officer George Hamilton said he expected attend- ance to break a visitor record set in 1967 when persons visited the campgrounds during a five-day holiday weekend. By James M. Naughton New York Times Service WASHINGTON The house judiciary committee has what its investigators believe is con- clusive evidence that a hush money payment of to E. Howard Hunt was initiated on March 21, 1973, a few hours after President Nixon told John Dean that such a payment would "keep the cap on thc bot- tle" of the Watergate scandal. The evidence, pinpointing the dale of the payment to Hunt, a I press secretary to the President charged the information ha been "leaked to create a nega- tive inference against the Pres- who, he said, had never authorized such a payment. Unger confirmed, in a tele- phone interview this weekend, that he was the so-called "mys- tery witness" whose dinner en- gagement in Washington on March 21 was, unwittingly, the crucial clue to determining the !o the judiciary committee last March 25 by the grand jury and were examined at a closed im- peachment hearing last week. Three members of the judici- ary committee disclosed separa- tely, and Unger confirmed in The Major Defense records rebut a major House defense of the President that the date of the payment.to Hunt was unclear and that the senate Watergate committee initially fixed the crucial clue to determining me rhfp of the navment to Hunt ida'Q at March 20' 5 "was Ihere." date of Ihe pajment lo Hunt. the interview, that his travel records proved Ihe dinner ironically, in LaRue's apart- ment at the Watergate complex was on March 21. "I only had dinner there once that Unger said. "My records seem to indicate that it was on the 21st. 1 won't budge from that. I'm just sorry that I tor, is based on rccords of Sherman Unger, a Cincinnati lawyer and former Nixon administration official. "Negative Inference" Informed of the contents of this article, Ronald Ziegler, tcstimony about pa''ty' me Ifore Nixon said he first learned tnciof the hush money payments Unger is not under invcsliga- travel records substantiating thc date of the dinner, were cen- tral elements of evidence that led a federal grand jury here to indict seven former associates of the President for allegedly obstructing Ihe Watergate in- Ford Cites Need For Public Trust In Government BOSTON (AP) Vice-presi- dent Ford said Saturday night that "a climate of trust and un- derstanding between the gov- ernment and the people is es- sential" for the nation's system to work. He told a dinner of Ihe Assn. of American Editorial Cartoon- ists that they have much to do with that climate and "so do those who temporarily hold high office." Ford told thc group he can I vestigation. More important, the travel records receipts for an air- line flight from Cincinnati to New York and a New York hotel bill, along with Ungcr's pocket appointment book rep- resent the key lo a potential ar- licle of impeachment charging President Nixon with obstruc- tion of justice. The rccords were turned over and thc scope of the Watergate cover-up attempt. Hunt and Frederick LaRuc, the former Nixon re-election committee official who served as a go-between in the hush money payments, both testified at thc senate Watergate hear- ings that they could not recall Ihe precise date of thc March payment. Critical Factor But LaRuc subsequently told a Watergate grand jury that he remembered the payment had been made thc same night he a personal i i tjon ror njs apparently innocent lnvoivement in the March 21 events. But his tcstimony about them, which he said he gave the grand jury late last year, "long before March 21 took on any im- portance to could prove to be a critical factor in the out- had dinner friend, whom he identified to the grand jury as Unger. Turned to Religion To Fill Emptiness: Colson WASHINGTON U P Brotherhood in Christ prayer of his prepared text in which [Charles Colson, a former While said in an in- I--i--------- Slnrvicw to be broadcast loday said differences (Q lo ;roup. Thc interview, on '60 was released in ,iowlllan, New Or- transcripl form Saturday. stem from an effort lo sec things from different views. However, an aide said Ford stands by Ihe material deleted. In Ihe deleted portion, Ford said, "Some cartoons have sug- gested lhat I and wig, that my position on important issues changes from day lo day, and lhat I don't know all the an- swers. The truth is lhat I don't even know all the questions. "I call the shots as I sec I hem. I may sec (he game dif-, ferenlly today than toughest loyalistsjlm I might see it from a different'..... angle." In his speech, Kord said, "If relieve "a great emptiness" he felt afler While House duty. He also said he tried unsuccessfully lo convert Spiro Agncw. Senator Hughes (D-Iowa) who guided Colson's spiritual reviv- al, added lhat he believes Ihe man once known as President Nixon's "hatchet man" truly become "a nab; Loyalist regarded has in as one of ing House special counsel, discussed you wiinl me lo be a consistent computer, I can't qualify. Hut I do try very sincerely lo be im honcsl and open human being." While his spiritual conversion in televised interview with CUS-TV newsman Mike Wallace and Iliighns, Iho liberal Democrat who Is Colson's mcnlnr In Ihi Thousands Bid Final Farewell To Ellington NEW YORK (AP) Thou- sands of friends, admirers and fellow musicians lined up Satur- day lo view thc body of jazz great Duke Ellington, lying in state wearing thc nation's Medal of Freedom. Ellington, who succumbed to cancer and pneumonia at the age of 75. lay in an open coffin surrounded by dozens of floral displays as mourners filed by at arate'of an hour. Among Ihe mourners Salur- come of the impeachment pr ceedings. As related by the judicia: committee members from t! grand jury evidence Ihey sa and affirmed by Unger, the lowing are the main ingredien in what one congressman call "Ihe case of the smoky fir On the night in questio LaRuc had dinner at his apa ment with Unger and Many Millican, another former ca paign official. LaRuc said a k lo remembering the dinner w thc same night as the payme of the silence money was tl the fireplace in the aparme had malfunctioned, filling t apartment with smoke. Earlier that day, allegedly the instruction of former At Gen. Mitchell, LaRuc to in ?100 bills remain! from secret campaign funds a (Continued: Page 3, Col. G.) WASHINGTON (AP) Atty. en. William B. Saxbe ruled turday that the Internal Rev- ue Service may not turn over resident Nixon's tax returns id audits to the house judici- y committee, but the White ousc said Nixon was willing to ork out a compromise. Saxbe issued his opinion in sponse to requests by the judi- Compromise circumstances prohibited re- lease of the Nixon material. "My conclusion is that the statutory provisions in question arc not ovcrridcn by the powers of the committee on the judici- Saxbe wrote Simon. JERUSALEM (AP) Sccrc- The Internal Revenue Code tary of Slatc Kissinger ap- jrohibits release of IRS data to 'o be closer than ever to all but a few congressional com mittees and select committees ary committee for Nixon tax formation for use in ils im- eachment inquiry. "Safeguards" In Key Biscaync, where Nixon s spending the Memorial day e e k e n d Press Secretary iegler said Nixon will direc is lawyers lo consult with ounsel for the committee in an ffort lo make the data avail ble "under appropriate guards." Ziegler pointed out lhat mat- ers relating to Nixon's taxes 'have already been cxhaustive- y reviewed" and that Nixon (Continued: Page 3, Col. 7.) Tape Sends SLA Order ia lad taken "the unprecedented step" of making his tax returns f public when questions were about them. However, the committee also seeks additional information lerclofore unpublicized on IRS nvcstigations and tax audits, ncluding one which resulted in a ruling earlier this year that feon owes more than BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) The tape-recorded voices of man and a woman who claimet o be affiliated with the Sym ionese Liberation Army sa aturday that Patricia Hears ind two fugitive companion hould regroup. The tape was broadcast b. station KPFA, which re ceived and broadcast sever from the SLA short' it claimed responsibiJil in back taxes. Ziegler added after extensive that thc IRS ..............._ investigation "found no fraudulent conduct by the President." "The President, in an effort to expedite the inquiry of th( house judiciary committee, wil nevertheless direct his counse to consult with counsel to the ju diciary committee in an effor to assist in making available t the committee under appropri ate safeguards the informatio which the committe'e believes i Ziegler said. "Difficult Decision" Treasury Secretary Simon, who has jurisdiction over the IRS, had asked Saxbe to rule on the committee request because of the "extraordinarily difficult decision." Saxbe ruled that statutory provisions making income tax information confidential except in certain carefully prescribed apes for kidnaping Miss Hearst Feb Bill Northwood, news directo jf the Berkeley station, said i lad been advised by its attor ney not to disclose how the lal est tape came into its hands. The woman identified herse as "General Field Marshal Ci irella of thc federated forces o .heSymbionese Liberatio Army" and a member of th war council of what she calle the newly formed United Pe pies Liberation Army of Amer ca. She told Miss Hearst an fugitives William and Emil Harris: "If you have not re ceived our message throug proper channels, I say to you regroup, regroup, (lo nolliin in haste we will unite i time." The voice said a united fro of urban guerilla organizatio "was forged out of an erne gency meeting after Ihe ever in Los Angeles lasl week." T reference was to six SL members who died in a gun b: lie and fire in Los Angeles M, 17. Because of lhat incident, t tape said, the group had add (Continued: Page 3, Lol. B.) day were two members of Ell- jington's first band in 1921! Ufo-l V I Mr.IIS Maria Lucas, 07. and "When I left the While House 1 felt a great Col- son said. 'I had survived Ihe bureau- cratic in-fighting in the White House lo become one of the President's top assistants, 1 was years old. I thought lo myself what am I going lo do next? "I'd like lo say that I had a spiritual longing, (bill) 1 didn't really. I had an emptiness that was based upon wanting lo lind leans-born drummer and guitar player who called Ellington "in the first class of jazz musi- cians." Red Callcndcr, a more recent member of thc Duke's ensem- ble, said he first met Ellington as a boy, at Ihe Cotton Club il Harlem. "He's the cause of whatever 1 am said Callender, bass and luba player. really sad. I'm just happy Ilia some oilier high mountain that Ij- could scale or something else 1 could achieve in my life so thai I could point lo my friends ami my family and say, 'Look how Good Chuck Colson is.' Colson said self-examination l, Col. S.) he came this way." Clark Doubts Feels Impeachment Will Pas final Syrian-Israeli discn- gcment agreement following ve hours of talks Saturday Hi Syrian President Assad in amascus. Kissinger flew hack to Israel le Saturday night and said he ould return to Damascus on unday. He left two aides there orking on what Syrian sources aid they believe is the text of a nal pact separating the oppos- ng armies in the Golan Heights. Party Meeting The secretary had planned on onferring with the Israeli nego- iating team Saturday night, but he meeting was called off at he last minute because most of he negotiators were attending a .abor party gathering at which Premier-designate Yitzhak Rabin was trying to hammer out his new slate of cabinet ministers. A senior American official aid Kissinger had moved Israel nd Syria "quite close" to an agreement limiting military orces in the border area but vas unable to close the gap be- ween the two sides completely. Officials had predicted before Saturday's llth session with Assad that the secretary would make another visit to the Syrian capital during his current peace mission only if a settlement was reached. Kissinger (old newsmen be- fore his jet took off from Damas- cus: "We continued our detailed examination of various ele- ments of a disengagement agreement. Two of my as- sociates, Mr. Carlyle Maw and Mr. Alfred Athcrton, stayed be- hind to work on the preparation of some basic documents, and I will return tomorrow to discuss further details with President Assad." Nixon Visit In Key Biscaync, Fla., a White House spokesman said President Nixon would visit the Middle East "at some point in the near but there was no immediate indication whether the trip would be linked in some way with Kissinger's current mission. In Jerusalem, a senior gov- Chuckle How conic politicians who claim Ihe couiilry is ruined arc trying so luml lo get con- trol of the wreck? cowinhi By Frank Nye President Nixon probably won't resign "unless he be- comes convinced he's going lo be convicted by the senate. "And he won't be convicted unless the evidence makes it very, very clear that he is guilty." Those views were expressed by U.S. Sen. Dick Clark, Iowa Democrat, in an interview in Cedar Rapids Saturday. Iowa's junior senator said he thinks the house will im- peach President Nixon. He said every member of the house of representatives with whom lie lias discussed it. regardless of party, feels thai the house will vote impeach- ment. Hut, Clark added, con- viction by the senate is sonic- tiling else. "I have not heard a single senator say he will vole (or or against In1 i'X- plnincd. "Senators are very cautious on prejudging Ihe evidence inifiv; even seeing it for them- selves. "In my own case, I think that is proper because if 1 am Sen. Dick Clark going to sit as a judge at the trial 1 want In look at, the evi- dence in the fairest and most judicious way. "It is extremely important that the senate be non-par- tisan that it be most objec- tive." Clark expressed astonish- ment that some of the col- leagues he associate with al- most daily arc being listed in some quarters as for or against conviction before they've seen the evidence. He pointed out that a two- thirds majority vote of the 100-member senate 07 votes is required to convict the President and observed "it's hard to get a two-thirds vote in the senate on what day it is. "Just since I've been in the senate (since 1973) we have overridden the President's vetoes only once out of 11 Clark recalled. A two- thirds majority is required lo override. Clark doesn't think Pres- ident Nixon should resign. "I don't think resignation is the right he ex- plained, "because it leaves too many unresolved ques- tions in the people's minds." Clark returned to the state last week and also returned to the hiking method that helped him unseat former Sen. Jack Miller, Republican incumbent, in 1072 when he walked miles across Iowa. He walked 12 miles in the Mason City area I'Yiday bc- (Conlinuod: Page MA, Col, 5.) (Continued: Page.3, Col. 4.) Today's Index SECTION A Ule Ncwj Cily Hall Notes Deaths Editorials Accent on Youlh Rciioit Card SECTION B Iowa News Television Table Political Calendar Food Marion Frank Nyc's Political Notes Building Movies Record Farm SECTION C Social Around Ilie Town New (looks Travrl SECTION D Sporli Outdoor lowJt Financial New York Stockt W.inl Adi ,.10-tJ H-13 M H-U j is ..11-10 H I'or.idn Comics I.M M ;