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Statesville Record and Landmark (Newspaper) - October 23, 1973, Statesville, North Carolina Artillery Clash Near Suez MITCHELL OFFICERS Officers of the Student Government Association of Mitchell Community College have been From left are Tommy Gentle of president Dennis Thompson of vice president Terry daughter of and Gary Foster of route and David Abraham of LaMothe Photo Status Is Explained To Juries By Sirica WASHINGTON AP District Court Judge John Si rica told the two Watergate grand juries today you are not dismissed and will not be dis missed except by this Sirica said he had called the jurors to his courtroom to ex plain their status in the light of the events of the past He spoke to the grand juries a few hours before White House VIGOROUS WEAKNESS Up to now we have deliberately kept our comment on Watergate and its aftermath to a minimum on the grounds that the country would best be served if we all left it to the But can we do that any more Now that the Department of Justice is in the hands of a third level the records in custody of the same bureau which made a fine art of record destruction before and the prosecution back in the hands of the same official who flubbed it the first time how vigorous can we expect the court probe to be Richard Nixon played his ace in the hole when he offered to exchange certified excerpts from pertinent Watergate tapes for a commitment that there would be no further attempt by the special prosecutor to sub poena still more tapes or other presidential papers of a similar But when the special prosecu tor trumped the Presidents ace by announcing he would not be bound by any agreement which denied further access to docu ments bearing on criminal con duct in areas other than Water the President resorted to the always effective technique of firing everybody who did not agree with Attorney General Elliot Richardson was the first to bite the Next to go was his William the President reached the 3 man in the Justice De Robert who fired the special prosecutor and announced he would follow the Presidents orders to the He then turned the Watergate case and all related matters over to Solicitor General Henry the original prosecu who admitted months ago that he had been hoodwinked by the White House where does this leave such matters as the ITT the Rebozo deal with Howard the payoff to the dairy industry where does it leave some of the principals in the Watergate case and the Ellsberg burglary case If nothing but handpicked excerpts from the Watergate tapes Is to be made available to the grand can the gover ment really prosecute those who planned and paid for the Watergate and Ellsberg burglaries Can it go forward in efforts to determine if Howard Hughes tried to bribe the Presi dent into approving the sale of an air line franchise to him Can it determine if Clifford agriculture secretary at the reversed himself after a million campaign pledge from Associated Milk and increased federal milk supports 27 cents per a decision worth to million to the industry Can it really make a case against John Mitchell and Maurice who are how under indictment on charges of obstructing justice and lying to a federal grand jury in connec tion with a secret campaign contribution Was this state of affairs the real goal the President sought by offering to trade excerpted version of applicable tapes for a promise from the special prosecutor to lay off And has he now actually achieved that end If that is the it rivals anything that has happened since Manhattan was purchased with a string of And if it develops that the courts have thus been effectively blocked in their efforts to expose crime and corruption in high what course remains open but for the press to step in as it did when Petersen failed the first Watergate test and focus the light of publicity on their sanctuary STILL ARRIVING Mem bership checks for the Arts and Science Museum continue to trickle in and the total mounts If you have not yet See Page 14 lawyers were due to present the judge with a Watergate tapes compromise they hope will head off demands for Pres ident Nixons The House returned to ses sion with at least two members ready to file impeachment reso lutions and many more saving they are ready to consider such a In a packed Sirica told the I urge you to be patient while the various im mediate problems surrounding this investigation are resolved by this The judge emphasized the words by this Seated at one of the counsel tables were all the top staff lawyers of the special prose cution force that Nixon ordered shifted to the Justice Depart After he addressed the grand jury Sirica Are there any other matters to be heard by this court There was a long silence with many heads turned toward the special prosecution force attor But none A law professor asked per mission to file a motion calling for appointment of a special counsel to the grand Si rica turned him saying that he would if he thought it without any out side White House lawyers planned to tell the judge the case was settled out of But it was an outofcourt settlement achieved only after the Presi dent fired his opponent in the special Watergate prose cutor Archibald That unusual settlement left observers unable to predict how Sirica might react to Nixons plan to have John verify a sum mary of the Watergaterelated portions of the Under the Stennis would then give the summary to the judge and the Senate Watergate com Cox had subpoenaed nine tapes from the President when Nixon refused to the special prosecutor went to court and got favorable deci sions from Sirica and the Court of CeaseFire Plan Fails In Mideast By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Fierce tank and artillery clashes exploded along the Suez Canal today and dogfights erupted over the Syrian battle ground despite the cease fire The war raged into its 18th day on both fronts after a only partial overnight pause for the precarious Security Council truce designed to halt the com bat in place and open the way to negotiations for a permanent Egypt called for an emergen cy Security Council meeting to discuss what it said were Israeli violations of the fragile cease The council Sir Laurence Mclntyre of called a midday ses sion at headquarters in New Egypt and Israel had accept ed the truce appeal worked out by the United States and the Soviet Union and both or dered their armies Monday evening to hold their fire unless fired But Syria kept silent on the and only hours after it went into effect there were mutual accusations of ceasefire Violations by Egyptians and Israelis along the Suez A correspondent for Egypts Middle East News Agency said the Israeli and Egyptian forces by today were locked in the most vicious Syria charged the Israelis sent about 60 warplanes in waves to bomb civilian tar gets today north of Damascus and said Israeli planes and can nons hit villages in the eastern foothills of Our jet fighters immediately clashed with the enemy in the most violent dogfight and pre vented the enemy planes from carrying out their forcing them to drop their bomb bads in barren mountainous a Syrian communique The renewed fighting cast doubt on whether the ceasefire could bring a quick halt to the fourth Middle East war despite the apparent agreement be tween Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and Soviet Communist party chief Leonid There was no sign of any in ternational supervision in the battle officials said their truce observers were still in Cairo and Israel charged the Eygptians with incessant ceasefire vio The Tel Aviv command said its forces in the southern sector of the canal front had or ders to continue fighting to counter what it said were per sistant Egyptian BUYERS Buyers and retailers from the East Coast are converging on North Carolina this week for the fall Furniture which began last The market will end and Gilliam Furniture showroom will open each day at 8 for buyers to look at the Shown here with John executive vice president of Gilliam at are Gene AAcAndrew of Hamilton Don Gilliam repre of and Ed Parkhill of Published in the Heart of the Dairying and Industrial Region of Piedmont North Carolina STATESVILLE RECORD a LANDMARK October 253 Reasons For Resignation Explained By Richardson Evidence Surfaces To Involve United Fund Units Report On Progress ANNUAL TURKEY DINNER Sponsored by Central Volunteer Fire Department October 27 From 4 until 9 At The Central School Lunchroom Adults Child Dressing and All The Trimmings With Homemade Dessert Take Out Aval I able Now were really getting down to the said Elbert general chairman of the 1973 Iredell Statesville United Fund cam at the third special breakfast report meeting today for the commercial and public service The industrial he has reported only 53 per cent of the goal and will require a lot of work before the drive ends on Some must be collected before that Richardson said the com mercial division is in excellent thanks largely to the efforts of Larry chair man of the automotive who has collected approxi mately 200 per cent of his Harold chairman of the public service checked in with 96 per cent of his noting that John chairman of the finan cial had exceeded 100 per while Burwell Whit chairman of the com munications is holding steady with per The biggest thing to guard said is letting people put us off until next During the last week of the we will wed to pick up loose and we must have 90 per cent of the goal by Thursdays report meeting if we are to end the drive on Trial Delay Is Ordered NEW YORK AP The trial of former Cabinet officers John Mitchell and Maurice Stans was postponed again today with both the prosecution and defense still seeking a White House tape and other District Court Judge Lee Gagliardi delayed the trial to 7 after federal prosecutors said the White House promised to say within two weeks whether documents relating to former White House counsel John Dean III would be made The prosecution has de scribed who has pleaded guilty to obstructing investiga tion of the Watergate as its key witness in the case against Mitchell and The two who held nigh positions in President Nixons 1972 reelection are accused of ob struction of justice and perjury in connection with a secret cash contribution by fugitive financier Robert WEATHER Partly cloudy fair mostly sunny Local temperatures foi the 24hour period ended at 6 today 71 WASHINGTON AP New evidence has surfaced tying President Nixon to an alleged deal involving a pledge of million in campaign money in exchange for administration fa vors for the dairy Investigative sources said Monday they have obtained a letter addressed to Nixon on reminding him of the industrys past support and telling him of the milk produc ers need for immediate The letter was the sources by Pat Hillings of the Associated Milk Producers the major industry The Associated Press has confirmed the letters contents from four separate The thrust of the letter was a request that the President ap prove new milk tariffs that the industry was interested one source It pointed out that the industry had million available for 1972 campaign but continued aid for the nations dairy farm ers was necessary if they were to continue their Hillings noted that al ready had gone to 1970 congres sional candidates who were friends of the sources A month when the new Nixon budget was proposed dairy rose nearly 10 per compared to a slight increase for feedgrain subsidies and a major decrease in foodaid The Hillings letter noted that it was bringing up a sensitive political the sources and evidence indicates it went directly to thenpresiden tial chief of staff Halde One source said it isnt certain whether Nixon read the letter or was merely told of its The following how three events took place On March the first contribution from milk producers was secretly deliv ered to a group of dummy cam paign committees that later turned their holdings over to the Nixon reelection following Presi dent Nixon and thenAgricul ture Secretary Clifford Hardin met at the White House with 16 spokesmen for the dairy in March Hardin re versed a decision not to grant an increase in federal price supports for milk and an nounced approval of a 27cents perhundredweight hike in price claiming he had re ceived new economic ELLIOT RICHARDSON Resolutions Turned Over To Committee WASHINGTON AP House Speaker Carl Albert an nounced today he is turning all resolutions calling for im peachment or investigation that might possibly lead to charges of impeachment of President Nixon over to the House Judiciary Committee for con Albert said he is confident the committee will begin its in quiry without delay and added For the Congress to act in a reckless or hasty manner would further engender In my Albert said in a the Presi dents act of Saturday was un It seems to me to contribute to divisiveness among the American people at a time when the leadership of the nation should seek Over the Nixon fired special Watergate prose cutor Archibald Cox after Cox refused to go along with a pro posed presidential compromise in the White House tapes dis Albert noted that the con firmation of House Republican Leader Gerald Fords nomi nation as vice president is al ready before the committee and said he wants the com mittee to also act quickly on The House should not hold the nomination of the vice pres identdesignate Al bert as it considers mat ters related to any impeach ment Before Alberts announce he met with House Democratic Jim Wright of Texas said that Al bert stressed that he wants Ford confirmed as vice presi dent before there is any formal House action on should proceedings go that Republican leaders also and Ford reaffirmed his sup port for Asked whether he thinks im peachment is Ford It doesnt seem to me that the under the present cir justify such dras tic Seeks Reversal Of Decision Brief Filed In Appeals Court WASHINGTON AP The Senate Watergate committee today asked the Court of Appeals to reverse a decision dismissing its Watergate tapes In a brief filed with the ap peals the committee It has been suggested in the press that a compromise of this lawsuit was reached whereby appellants would fore go this litigation exchange for summaries of certain This is not While the President has uni laterally offered summaries of certain tape there was no commitment by Sam Ervin and Howard Baker as a quid pro this lawsuit would be with The committee We need hardly stressthat this case is of great moment to the The President is with holding materials that appel lants urgently and vitally need to fulfill their legitimate legis lative The panel said that the public interest in obtaining the mate rials it subpoenaed from the President is now significantly escalated after the dramatic events of this past weekend that saw the special prosecutor and the deputy attorney general fired and the attorney general Court Judge John Sirica last wetjk dismissed the committees civil suit against the President on the grounds it had failed to establish that the court had jurisdiction for such a The President announced Fri day night that with the approval of Ervin and Baker he planned to summarize the Watergate portions of the tapes and give them to the committee and the court after they had been veri fied by John D Special Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox rejected the pro posed compromise and said he would pursue the case in Nixon fired At the same Elliot Richardson resigned and Deputy William Ruckelshaus was fired when he refused to carry out the Presidents order to fire Judgment Of Nixon Avoided WASHINGTON AP Elliot Richardson said today the ultimate judgment on the Wa tergate crisis must be made by the American He said he is not the man to pass judgment on the question of whether President Nixon should be While he made no direct reply to the impeachment question at a nationally televised news the former attorney general said he believes in the goals and priorities of the ad particularly in foreign Richardson recounted the ne deadlock and presi dential orders that led him to resign Saturday rather than fire Archibald Cox as special prosecutor in the Watergate He said those are matters to be judged by the and that the fairness with which they are judged may determine the future wellbeing and security of the Richardson said he does not believe the President is now or will be in direct violation of a court order for his refusal to yield White House tape record although the courts have instructed him to do Richardsons farewell ap pearance at the Department of Justice began amid the ap plause and cheers of the staff he had headed for some five Later came the direct ques tion Does Richardson believe the President should be im peached Richardson replied by noting that he served the adminis tration in varying roles since Nixon took I believe in the directions and priorities of the he I regard as particularly im portant the role of the President of the United President Richard in dealing with international he As for events in the Watergate case which have led to congressional demands for an impeachment Richard son said only I do not believe that I am a person who should try to pass judgment on In his opening discussion of the Richardson did not criticize the At stake in the Richardson is the integrity of government that I came to the Justice Department to help Richardson said the case be came one of deadlock between Nixons insistence en the prin ciple of confidentiality of presi dential and his own assurances that be unfettered in the Watergate See Page 14
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