Florence Morning News Newspaper Archives Sep 10 1970, Page 28

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Florence Morning News (Newspaper) - September 10, 1970, Florence, South CarolinaWashington api Secre of the Interior Walter j Hickel said wednesday a charge Liat he tried to destroy the re put action of his predecessor Stewart l. Udall is ridiculous. He commented shortly after his return from a week in Scandinavia Udall made the accusation last Friday a month after being notified that the Justice depart Rne Jit had completed a year Long Jay estimation of him without finding evidence of any conflict of interest. Udall asserted that Hickel instigated the investigation and tried to Plant news stories about my r a deliberate smear at tempt. Udall said Hickel Tak enly thought Udall had aroused conservationists against his add ointment As Secretary and was seeking revenge. Has rankled me the most. Udall said was denying that he knew anything about this Hickel continues to Denv it. Asked for Hickel s comment a spokesman said the Secre tary has no comment on or Udall s statements. He has no wish to engage in political mud skins no or in discussions of his or or. Udall s personal senti ments As Thev might relate to a Viat. Or. Hickel considers a dead confronted later by a report Hickel said at first i have no then he added. All i know at out it is what i read in the papers. Mean How could i leak material from the riles or any thing like that it s the Justice department investigation entered on two actions taken by Udall before he left office with the rest of the Johnson administration in Janu Ary 1969 the Choice of a Loca Tion for an Airport in the Virgin islands and the approval of to Lawrence a Prin. A. San Francisco environmental for planning in the Vir Gin islands. Serin after leaving office. Went into partnership with a Erin and Henry k Mmel Man a former aide with real is int in the Virgin is lands to form a new Environ a Yita resulting f pm. The overview corp. A v1 of be Gan As Early As february 1969 Wil Nii

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