Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 13, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
I I 1 I 1 1 S 1 1 I I against Nixon only clrcumstantla By JAMES M. NAUGHTON New York Times Service WASHINGTON The House Judiciary Committee's long chronicle of President Nixon's role in the after- math of the Watergate burglary is meticulously but the impact of the eight thick volumes of impeachment evidence is deliberately indirect. Nowhere in the pages of the impeachment inquiry staff's presentation is there a flat declaration that Mr. Nixon engaged in a Watergate cover-up. But the burden of the implicit on page after page in the view of those familiar with the is that Mr. Nixon at best did not halt and at worst directed the obstruction of the Watergate investigation. effort was made to preclude inferences in the presentation of this an introduction to the eight volumes asserts. But the chain of documented findings that follow the caveat makes a circumstantial case that senior House investigators believe portrays a chief executive early in the set the tone for a cover-up that many believe may yet be under way. Three articles Some Democrats on the Judiciary Committee have begun private discussions of three possible articles of impeachment making the following allegations. That the president abused his authority by es- tablishing a clandestine White House spy unit by authorizing the wiretapping of government officials and by however a plan proposing illegal tactics against suspected domestic and by attempting to use agencies such as the internal revenue service to aid political friends and harass political That Nixon failed to carry out a mandate in the constitution and his oath of office to care that the laws are faithfully by failing to prevent or to halt misconduct of a number of his and by fostering disrespect for his office through the underpayment of his federal income taxes while in the White House. That the president conspired to and did obstruct justice by counselling to others to Watergate investigators and by refusing to provide evidence subpoenaed by Congress and the courts. Much of the evidence on which such proposed ar- ticles of impeachment will be debated in the com- mittee later this month and weighed by the full House next month is to be issued by the committee next week What was published Thursday was the core of the Watergate covering the events that led up to the burglary on June and the events that followed it through April 1973. Key elements What follows is a description of the key elements of the committee's eight Watergate volumes on which Rodmo and others will rely in contending that the president's handling of the matter would constitute grounds for impeachment. A corner.stone of Nixon's defense against impeach- ment has been his insistence that he knew nothing of attempts to cover up the scope of the Watergate scan- dal before being informed of the on March by John W then the White House legal counsel The judiciary committee Watergate volume records that on June 30. the president counseled his re election campaign former attorney general John N. to the losses by resigning from the campaign post. Nixon was told in the same by H. R. then White House chief of that there was a of more valid or surfacing on the Watergate paper Nixon agreed that is always the and hope nothing will Dean has testified that much of his activity following Watergate was intended to prevent the truth from emerging On Sept Nixon met with Dean following the Watergate-related indictment that focus- ed only on seven relatively low level Watergate figures. The judiciary committee transcript of the discussion quotes the president as having praised Dean as follows- way you've handled it It seems to has been very because you putting your fingers in the dikes every time that leaks have sprung here and sprung there Several sections of the eight Watergate volumes con- tain material suggesting that March 1973 was not the first occasion on which Nixon became aware of Watergate matters that had not been disclosed to investigators. Nixon knew The tape of a Nixon-Dean meeting on Feb. 1973 contains a discussion on whether the seven convicted Watergate burglars expected to be granted executive clemency The tape of a discussion on March shows -that Nixon knew then that Gordan C. an aide to Haldeman. had allegedly perjured himself about Watergate. In the committee transcript of the conver- sation on March 13 shows that Nixon asked whether it was to the hang-out and disclose all the facts. He then it On March after day-long discussion with Mr. Dean and others about the Watergate Nixon dictated his recollections into a recorder. He praised who had not been co-operating with the Watergate as a He criticized Jeb Stuart a re-election cam- paign aide who had begun disclosing his Watergate knowledge to prosecutors saying that Mr. Magruder character chips are White House lawyers and Congressional defenders of the president have tried to repute charges that Nixon directed on March 1973 the payment of in to E. Howard a convicted Watergate burglar who was threatening to make dis- closures. Earlier that the president was told of Hunt's de- mand for According to transcripts of the various conversations he never ruled out meeting the though he wondered if they would silence Hunt. Committee transcripts contain a number of passages in which Nixon seems to encourage the payments David said ready to quit ROBERT STANFIELD By ANDRE OUIMET Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Both Con- servative Leader Robert Stan- field and NDP Leader David Lewis are to resign their po- sitions before the next elec- sources in the two par- ties confirmed yesterday. Stanfield lost his third con- secutive bid on July and Mr. Lewis not only saw his parlia- mentary representation cut in half but was defeated in his home riding as well. is looking for a way in which he can gracefully bow out while the party is split and he wants to make sure that all the work he did in the past seven years doesn't go down the a close confi- dant of his told the Montreal Star The opposition leader did not wish to see his efforts towards bringing all parts of Canada into the Conservative party the work he had done to keep Quebec representation in the and this included his own personal intensive studies to become fluently bilingual. He also feared that the more right-wing elements of the who oppose bilingualism and voted against such progressive bills as the extension of the ban on capital would gain control of the Con- servative party if he did not remain for a period to make sure that an acceptable successor emerged. The NDP caucus is to meet next week to choose a new parliamentary and a source in the caucus said that the leader would probably be one of the lesser known members of the 16-seat party. This was because there was already the beginning of a leadership race and none of the top-place hopefuls would be given an edge over the others. It was possible hat T.C. resigned his leadership post in 1971 but still sits as an MP and is the par- ty's energy be elected by the caucus as House Leader. Lewis had already been of- fered three university and was in the process of deciding which one suited him the source said. DAVID LEWIS The Lethbrtdqe Herald VOL. 1974 20 CENTS 60 Pages Tough lead emission law planned By JEFF CARRUTHERS Herald Ottawa Bureau federal gov- ernment is proposing tough new regulations under the Federal Clean Air Act to reduce and control emissions of lead from secondary lead smelters in such major cities as Win- Calgary and Van- couver. The proposed emission for lead emissions for the industry Store looted Black youths ransack shop Police defy work order BALTIMORE Maryland state police moved into Baltimore Friday night to reinforce the strike-weakened local police first time they had been needed in the city since the 1968 riots that followed the assassina- tion of civil rights leader Martin Luther King. Half the city's patrolmen stayed away from work Fri- day for the second despite a court ruling ordering them to report for duty. Their the latest and Guerrillas admitted to sea meet Venezuela Despite opposition from Israeli and South African the United Nations Law of the Sea Conference will let the Palestine Libera- tion Organization and 11 other national liberation fronts attend the meeting as observers. The conference agreed Fri- day without a formal vote to invite the groups to but without voting rights Arab and African states had been pressing for their admis- sion ever since the the largest international conference in began June 20. Amiel Najar of Israel said i-ii his country opposes the atten- dance of the Palestinians Aft anv form most serious in a series of job actions by municipal workers demanding higher led to looting and fires Thursday night and Friday morning in at least two persons ed The presence of 125 state troops and an increased number police patrolling the drawn from the ranks of non-striking patrolmen and offi- .reduced the looting Friday night and early today. fires continued to be started today in un- collected piles of garbage all over the city. As firemen raced to fight a series of suspicious blazes in vacant buildings in the east and west sides of this sprawling port city of persons. The streets appeared calm until just past midnight when two serious disturbances re- quired a major police response. About youths wandered downtown streets after a black music show and police moved in after several store windows were smashed. A few arrests were made and the crowd was dispersed. In a racially-troubled area of southwest Baltimore where blacks and whites have been fighting for two rock and bottle battles continued for several hours despite the police presence. The most serious fighting apparently was caused by a shooting incident. Early reports indicated that a teen- age white girl who was sitting on steps outside a home was shot in the leg by one of several black men passing through the area in a car. _ i 'It's no they're still watching Inside 24-28 Comics 12 Comment 5 District 19 Family 21 Local News 18 Markets 23 Religion 11 Sports 14-16 Theatres 7 TV 6 Weather 3 LOW TONIGHT HIGH SUN. WARM It nearly froze last night A temperature near freez- ing in Almost too hard to believe but that's what happened in Lethbridge early this morning between 5 and 6 o'clock when the temperature plummetted to a record low for the date of 38 2 degrees. The previous record low for July 13 was 40 in 1929. But things are looking accofding to the weatherman The strong winds that have been battering the city for the last few days' should subside today. Winds reached 52 mph Friday Those should decrease to between 15 and 25 mph today Friday's high was about the same is forecast for today Sunday's high should be about 75. with little wind 'Fine public servant' guilty in Ellsberg case WASHINGTON John once described by President Nixon as one of the finest public ser- vants he ever has been convicted of plotting an illegal search at the office of Daniel Ellsberg's psychiatrist. After a 12-day a federal court jury took five hours Friday to find Ehrlichman guilty of the con- spiracy charge and of lying to the FBI and a Watergate grand jury about the Sept. break-in by the White House investigative unit known as the plumbers. Ehrlichman said his lawyers will appeal the case. Petersen testimony favorable to Nixon WASHING TON As- sistant attorney-general Henry who was in charge of the original Watergate has' told the House of Represen- tatives impeachment inquiry he has never received any in- formation involving Pres- ident Nixon in a cover-up. who testified before the House judiciary committee was described by some Republican members as the most favorable witness for Nixon the committee has heard in its impeachment inquiry. Representative Charles Sandman said he asked Petersen whether he has ever received any infor- up to the present indicating Nixon was involved in covering up the Watergate scandal. said Sandman told reporters after Petersen's closed-door testimony. Until he resigned April the 49-year-old Ehrlich- man was among the closest of Nixon's assistants The former White House domestic affairs chief now is subject to a maximum jail sentence of 25 years and fines of up to U.S. District Judge Gerhard Gesell set sentencing for July 31. In addition to the conspiracy the jury vctcd to con- vict on two of three counts charging Ehrlichman with committing perjury before the grand plus another count which said he lied to the FBI. He was acquitted of lying to the grand jury about who had custody of the plumbers files. The jury found that Ehrlich- man lied to the grand jury on May when he testified that he knew-nothing of an at- tempt to obtain from the Cen- tral Intelligence Agency a psychiatric profile of who leaked the secret Pentagon papers study of the Vietnam war to the press.' would be tougher in many respects than even the recent strengthened lead emission regulations adopted by On- tario following the public health controversy in Toronto involving two lead smelting companies according to federal environment experts By preparing to promulgate its own lead emission regu- the federal 'govern- ment officially has decided that lead emissions from secondary lead smelters stitute a significant danger to the health of as set out in the Clean Air and therefore need to be ed by Ottawa if necessary. The proposed already the.subject of dis- cussions with provincial are expected to come into force in mid or late 1975 Under the Clean Air such regulations normally would be enforced by provin- cial authorities. But the Act gives Ottawa the power to step in and enforce the regulations if a province does not do the job. In a brief presented recently the Manitoba Clean Environ- ment Commission public hearing on lead air the federal environment' released a copy of the propos- ed regulations and noted that technology for the reduction of lead emissions in these industries is well to allow com- panies to meet the proposed lead emission limits The proposed regulations would allow maximum per- missible emissions of particu- late matter into the ambient air from a secondary lead smelter of 0 046 grams per normal cubic meter from operations involving the use of blast or reverberatory and 0.023 grams per normal cubic meter from operations involv- ing the use of holding fur- kettle furnaces or lead oxide production or from operations involving scrap and material furnace tapping furnace furnace cleaning or casting. Federal environment ex- pertA suggest secondary lead smelters with little or no air pollution control equipment in operation would probably have to spend or more a plant to reduce lead- emissions to the levels set out in the proposed federal regulations Seen and heard About town Califomian Myrna Harker having second thoughts about summer cottage life after finding might well be nick named newly married Rick Larson claiming he got a great deal on some furniture only to find the store sold it to someone else.