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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 6, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta The Lethbridge Herald VOL. LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, AUGUST 6 1974 15 Cents Nixon memory 'played tricks9 WASHINGTON (APi Newly released Watergate transcripts conflict with some of Nixon's denials of involve- ment in the affair. The president, in releasing the three new transcripts Monday, conceded that two of his earlier statements were wrong. He said that in one case his memory played tricks on him. In another case he missed the importance' of transcripts that show he tried to keep the FBI from investigating an impor- tant aspect of the Watergate break-in. Here are the major conflicts: MAY 21 STATEMENT The president issued a lengthy written statement May 22. denying personal involvement in the Watergate cover-up. He conceded he had tried to limit the scope of the FBI's investigation, but said h e had ins i ru c t e d his aides U.K. Haldeman and John to tell t h e F HI and Central Intelligence Agency to ensure that no secret CIA operation was ed. "Ottawa, Alberta tensions easing OTTAWA i CP -Tension is easing between Ottawa and the oil producing provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan be- cause both sides are once again talking about ways to share revenue from natural resources. T.K. Shoyaina. the new number two man hi the energy department. said today. Mr. Shoyama. who takes over deputy minister of energy, mines and resources Sepi. 1. said in an interview that discussions on resource revenue sharing among of- ficials from Ottawa and the two oil provinces have resum- ed following a two-month interruption for the federal election campaign He said "now that, we are talking again I cannot help but get the impression that there is a lessening of tension." He the continuing infor- mal sessions are focussing on Alberta's opposition to a pro- posal in the defeated May 6 budget of Finance Minister John Turner. The proposal was to bar oil and mining companies from deducting provincial royalty payments in calculating federal taxes. Seen and heard About town Grandmother Eileen Cam ot Kdmonton telling relatives here how "Cup of Youth" cold cream helped her skin break out in adolescent acne Seventeen-year-old Jeff Peterson hitting the 3.000- mark in his ant-killing cam- paign Last support drains away "It was certainly not my in- tent, nor my Wish, that the in- vestigation of the Watergate break-in or of related acts be impeded in any the president said. He said then that some others later undertook "wide- ranging efforts to limit the but added, "I was not aware of any such ef- forts at the time." The tapes show otherwise. Six davs after the Watergate break-in, the president was told that the FBI investigation was threatening to uncover a financial link between the burglars and his own re- election campaign com- mittee, and that this would in- volve his chief fund raiser Maurice Stans. and possibly his campaign director. John Mitchell. He approved a plan to have the CIA'tell the FBI to "stay the hell out of this." The only discussion of possible nationa 1-security implications was a suggestion by Nixon that Haldeman and Khrlichman tell the CIA that a full FBI investigation might embarrass the CIA because it had employed Howard Hunt, one of the burglars. In a statement Monday, the president said the May 22 statement was wrong. "That statement was based on my recollection at the some 11 months documentary materials and relevant public testimony of those involved." he said. AUGUST 15 STATEMENT On Aug. 15, 1973, the presi- dent said he didn't know about the cover-up until White House counsel John Dean told him about it on March "Not only was I unaware of any cover-up, but... I was un- aware there was anything to cover 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 Gordon Liddy, were involved. Haldeman told him that Mitchell didn't know details, but said Mitchell probably pressed Liddy into com- mitting the burglary by demanding more intelligence information about the Democrats. APRIL 29 STATEMENT When President Nixon re- leased the first batch of edited .transcripts a little more than three months ago. on April 29. he said: "These actions will at last, once and for all, show that what I knew and what I did with regard to the Watergate break-in and cover- up were just as I have describ- ed them to you from the very beginning." Actually, the facts were somewhat different from what Nixon had stated publicly, as he admitted Mon- day. He said April 29: "The full resources of the FBI and the justice department.were used to investigate the (Watergate) incident thoroughly. I instructed my staff and cam- paign aides to co-operate fully with the investigation." The new transcript says, Nixon instructed his aides to tell the FBI. "Don't go any further into this case, Nixon defiant: 'I won't resign' Nixon meets with cabinet president, second from right, sits beside Kissinger; Gerald Ford is second from left. More battles erupt in Cyprus NICOSIA (CP) Fighting between the Turkish army and Greek-Cypriot troops erupted again today around the western edge of the Kyrenia mountain range. At the same time a tense situation developed in the east coast port of Famagusta where an armed clash between Greek and Turkish- Cypriot fighters led to the intervention of the United Nations peace force on the island. The fighting in the Kyrenia mountains centred just west of the town Of Lapithos on the seaward side of the range, and at Larnaca on the landward side. The sound of artillery and machine-gun fire shattered the lull which had taken hold in the area Monday for the first time since the ceasefire agreement was signed in Geneva July 30. The Cyprus National Guard said the fighting began when the Turkish invading force at- tempted to improve its positions by advancing west of Lapithos, nine miles west of the district capital, Kyrenia. Ankara radio said in a broadcast that it was the Greeks who launched an at- tack. The Famagusta situation followed an outbreak of firing in the area during the night and what UN sources describ- ed as an attempt by the Turkish-Cypriots to infiltrate into Famagusta port, the largest on the island. UN reinforcements, including armored cars, rush- ed to the area at dawn today, and, said a peace force spokesman, "requested the Turkish-Cypriots to withdraw" from positions they had taken up in the port area. The new fighting today endangered the ceasefire talks, informed sources said. The Greek military representative did not turn up for this morning's session, saying he was consulting Athens about the Turkish ac- tion in which the Turks were reported to be using heavy mortars and artillery. The otner representatives, from Britain, Turkey and the United Nation, waited in the tin-roofed meeting hut at Nicosia airport for their Greek colleague to join them. The talks, being held under last week's Geneva agree- ment on Cyprus, are aimed at establishing a demilitarized buffer zone between Turkish and Greek-Cypriot forces to consolidate the ceasefire. Classified Comics Comment District Family Local News Markets Sports 8-10 Theatres TV Weather "i 'Which of the new leaders like LOW TONIGHT 50; HIGH WED. 85; MOSTLY SUNNY. Kidnapping conspirators seeking asylum in France PARIS (CP) Police said today that a Canadian couple, allowed into France despite their involvement in a Quebec kidnapping four years ago, have expressed hope of returning to Montreal even- tually, "when the whole affair Texas prison standoff ends in bloody battle HUNTSVILLE, Tex. (AP) The Roman Catholic prison chaplain wounded in the Texas state prison Shootout says that of all their hostages his con- vict captors trusted him the least. "So I had two pairs of hand- Rev. Joseph O'Brien told reporters from his hospital bed Monday. Father O'Brien refused to say who fired the shots which killed two women hostages and wounded him in the chest during the bloody gunbattle in the main prison yard Saturday night. Two of the th-ee convicts who held 16 hostages after an armed takeover of the prison library July 24 also died as they tried to escape, including ringleader Fred Gomez Carrasco. Authorities said Carrasco, serving a life sentence for as- sault to murder a San Antonio police officer, and Rodolfo Dominguez committed suicide. See more on Page 2. dies down." Jacques and Louise Cossette-Trude'l. who arrived from Cuba via Prague last Thursday, also assured police they have no intention of try- ing to communicate with other Front de Liberation du Quebec iFLQi kidnappers who slipped into France last June and are still being sought by police. The Cossette-Trudels. and their 18-month-old son. Alexis, have been allowed to remain in P'rancc on a one-month visa Police quoted the Canadian couple as saying they were un- happy in Cuba and that life was not easy in the socialist state Cossette-Trudei hopes to find a teaching job in the Paris area. They have been taken to Creteil. a "new town" just outside Paris where they will live until their legal status in Fran Facing the gravest crisis ol his presidency. Richard Nixon told His cabinet today he will not resign voluntarily. Cabinet members who emerged from (he urgent. 90- mmute session quoted the president as .saying he "intend: to slay on and allow the constitution to be the overriding factor." "We have laws in this land and he is sworn to uphold the laws." Treasury Secretary William Simon told reporters as tie iet't the White House. iJemands tor Nixon's resignation mounted swiftly after his disclosure Monday that he tried within a week oi the Wateruate burglary to thwart a crucial phase of the FBI's investigation of the political espionage ease. Some ot the strongest pressure tor Nixon's removal nil ice came from his siaunchest supporters in the pa si. Ali 10 the Republicans on the House of Represen- tatives judiciary committee who voted against all three articles ot' impeachment approved by the committee said Monday's disclosures had caused them to reassess their positions. Mam of them said flatly they would vote for irnpeacli- nien! H does not resign. Cahini'l got solid backing cabinet members, [-pants m the meeting Nixon stressed that he would not resign. "The president sincerely be- liev-: has not committed an I'lipeachank' offence." Sr.-.or He also believes consuiutior: provides fora that should indeed be overriding." Simon .said there was no dis- cus.1-ion of the 25ih amendment, a constitutional provision which a presi- des: ran temporarily step do-.'.T -md allow his vice- presidcin to become acting president. White House officials 1) ive confirmed Uuit both resigns lion and 25 th amendment !ion-: have been considered by the president and firmly rr- U'cted. Simon said while Nixon did no; ask for expressions of sup- port from his cabinet "o; course he got it." "We've got a country to run." Simon said. "Let's not have this tragedy obscure the fact that we have a lot of emiined people at work" problems as 'he hacking State Secretary Henry Kissinger emerged to tel! reporters U.S. foreign policv traditionally has been bipar- tisan and that "no foreign government should assume" any alteration in this because of Watergate. Kissinger ignored repeated questions about whether he personallv would favor a Nix- on resignation. Labor Secretary Peter Hrennan was asked whether an' cabinet members in- dicated they wanted out of the administration. "F.veryboriy's staying he responded. "They've got a job to do. stock market surged ,-id today, rallying around w! h-okers described as lii -s for an early resolution of le impeachment issue. ine iJow Jones average of SO industrials jumped 22.09 points in the first hour of trading Summoned on short notice, every member of" Nixon's cabinet came to the White House for the late-morning meeting which followed Nix- on's admission Monday that he tried two years ago to thwart a crucial phase of the FBI's investigation of the Watergate scandal. Situation "had" A s i h e ni e e 11 n g w a s convened, one White House of- tu-ial summed up reaction to ..Monday's disclosure in two words- "It's bad." A White House spokesman said "all items" would be open for discussion at the meeting, hi1', another official said "I; s not a strategy meeting." About three hours earlier. Nixon's top White House aides gathered in the office of staff chief Alexander Haig to assess reaction to Nixon's admission that he tried to block a portion of the FBI investigation and that he withheld evidence from Congress, the public and his own lawyers. Two sources indicated that James St. Clair had made a veiled threat to resign as the president's Watergate lawyer unless Nixon made clear that St. ('lair 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 or I will." H. R. Haldeman. N'xon's former chief of staff, declined comment on the n e w transcripts which depict the president and him devising a way to divert the FBI's Watergate investigation. On Capitol Hill here, more of Nixon's once-staunch defenders called for his resignation or impeachment. But White House spokesmen again denied Nixon would step down, saying instead he plans "to fight on." Representative Edward Hutchinsnn of Michigan, the ranking Republican on the House judiciary committee. said he feels he has been deceived. "It is clear to me the evi- dence is there to support arti- cle one, the obstruction-of- justice Hutchinson said in a statement. Changes mind Ann! he r com mi t tee member who voted against all impeachment articles. Henry- Smith of New York, said: "In view of this new evidence. 1 must vote tor impeachment on the grounds of obstruction of justice." Representative Charles .Sandman of New Jersey, a stalwart defender of the presi- dent during the judiciary com- m 111 e e' s i m p e a c h m e n t hearings, said that if Nixon does not resign, he will vote for impeachment. Sandman said there is no question in his mind but that the transcript establishes an inipeachahio offence under the Sirs! Article of impeach- ment voted bv the com mittee one charging obstruction of justice in the cover-up of the Watergate break-in. "I sincerely hope the presi- dent will act with 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 im- peachment. Sandman replied: "I can't see how they could do otherwise." ''He's said Representative Joel Broyhill iRep.Va. i. of Nixon "This is the end." said epresent at i ve Harold Froehlich Rcp.Wis. i. Coniplete text of Nixon's statement Page 22; commentary on Pago 2. ;