Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 28, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
"MI IETHBRID6S Thursday, 28, The 'Mollenhoff cocktail exploded WASHINGTON Massive Clark Mollenhoff, Des Moines chief and Pulitzzer prize- Register Washington bureau winning columnist, is a 6-4, 230- pound abominable investigator uho has been stalking admin- istrations as far back as Tru- man's, has been Bronx-cheered by every president since, has been spat at by Jimmy Hoffa whom he helped send up the river, and most recently has bellowed in a national news conference that Ron Zlegler, Nixon's press secretary, was a liar. He is called the "Mollenhoff cocktail" and he may also have had an enormous impact on Watergate. Mollenhoff, who is also a lawyer, told his friend Judge John J. Sirica, "the Watergate about a recent court precedent in which a Los An- geles judge named Ferguson de- layed sentencing to give the defendants time to decide whe- ther they would co-operate more fully with the court. If they xvould, sentence would be lighter. Sirica bad not known of the TXJS Angeles case until Mollen- hoff told him. knows me about as well as anyone, and 1 respect him as much as I do says Sirica.) Sirica then called Judge Fer- guson. FLUSH OUT Sirica used this unusual and controversial delayed sentenc- ing method to flush out testi- mony room Watergate burglar James McCord which was vir- tually the first sustantial in- formation on the enormity of the political espionage network. According to the Los Ange- les Times, "a number of insid- ers, Mollenhoff unabashedly among them, feel that he 'was the catalyst who impelled for- mer White House and campaign aide Jeb Stuart Magruder to come clean on his knowledge of the roles of high administra- tion officials H. R. Halde- man, John Ehrlichman, Charles Colson and former Atty. John Mitchell in the Water- gate plotting and financing." Mcllenhoff had written an article predicting an indict- ment against Magruder. He showed the piece to Magruder, who, distrubed, shortly after went to a federal pioseeutor and, said the Los Angeles Times, "began unloading what he knew, setting in motion the current cascade of disclosures, admissions and resignations." Mollenhoff was possibly the first to throw off President Nixon's cloak of executive pri- vilege. He had for one year early In Nixon's first erm, to the sur- prise and then dismay of some newspaper colleagues, ac- cepted an offer to be a presi- dential counsel. He left the post in the sum- mer of 1970. He left, he said, because he had been promised direct access to the President, and did not get it. Out of office and back at newspapering, he was called to testify before the Civil Ser- vice Commission, and did, des- pite the pervasive White House protestations that "mat- ters of national security" could be jeopardized. people have said that NLxon hired me to get rid of said Mollenhoff, in his National Press Building office which is strewn with awards from the right and the left and which has autographed photo- ENDS JUNE 30rh Our lowest priced Coldspot Rustless. Neve de rneeds frosting! a-46 R 43910. Our family-size, 13.7 cu. ft. refrigerator features a 105-lb. capacity freezer with True zero degree freezing Separate temperature controls Twin vegetable crispers Moulded egg rack. Butter compartment 2-door convenience with a porcelain interior that's colour trimmed Sculptured Woodgrain handles Fully guaranteed rotary compressor Major Appliance! 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