New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 3, 1980, New Braunfels, Texas
1★ Saga of Billy.
Continued From Page 1A
In January 1979, a libyan delegation visited Georgia and Billy was the host. The Anti-Defamation league of B’nai B'rith said Billy was ignoring the “violent and terrorist-supporting nature” of the libyan government
Billy signed a friendship agreement with the Libyans and said they “are the best friends I’ve ever made in my life.”
About this time the Justice Department asked Billy to register as a foreign agent. That letter and a followup were ignored.
Two months later, Billy denied he was working for Libya and the FBI was called in. In September 1979, Billy, wife Sybil, a son, and Coleman made a second trip to Libya. He was given another $9,780 by his hosts, for expenses. At year’s end, Coleman made a 18-day expense paid trip to Libya.
On the last day of 1979, Billy deposited a $20,000 check from the libyans into a Georgia bank account. On Jan. 16, Justice Department investigators questioned him.
Joel Lisker, head of the Justice Department’s foreign agents registration section, says Billy denied receiving any money but “there’s no doubt he knew at the time” that he had received money.
Lisker also said Billy told him he had called presidential appointments secretary Philip J. Wise Jr. to ask the status of U.S.-Libya relations and eight C-130 military cargo planes purchasedHerald-Zeitung
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by Libya in 1972 but never delivered because the State Department fears they might be used to support terrorist activities.
Finally, said Lisker, he had in his briefcase during the interview some non-classified State Department cables about Billy’s trips.
“Billy looked over at my cables and said, ‘Oh, I’ve got those.”’ Lisker recalled in an interview with The Associated Press. “I said, ‘Who gave them to you9’ He said, Jimmy.”’
Billy Carter says the Libyans are "the best friends I've made in my life."
That claim occupied official Washington last week. Billy denied having seen any cables. The president admitted having described them to his brother. But the White House said the president didn’t recall giving any to Billy. Press secretary Jody Powell then produced seven cables said to be the total sent during Billy’s 1978 visit to Ubya.
“These are the cables the president talked to Billy about,” said Powell.
“The point here is, if he had given them to him. it wouldn’t have amounted to a hill of beans.”
With the cables out, Billy reversed himself. Yes, he said, he had seen one of the cables, but he figured that was just a memo. Friday night, Powell acknowledged that one cable had been mailed to Billy by the president. Another front, the president’s national security adviser, Zbigniew Brzezinski rn March saw an intelligence report that Billy was attempting to assist the Charter Co. of Florida in obtaining more libyan oil. White House officials say Brzezinski warned Billy to avoid activity that could embarrass the administration.
In April, Billy received $200,000 from libya. Asked about it later, he said it was an installment on a $500,000 loan. Justice Department investigators by now were getting hints from intelligence sources that the Libyans were trying to
gain influence in the Carter administration — through Billy.
In May, Attorney General Benjamin Civiletti said he thought the probe was taking too long. When intelligence sources confirmed Billy had received money, Wise was questioned again by the FBI.
On June IO Billy set up meetings with officials at Justice and with Brzezinski. He mentioned the money. White House counsel Lloyd Cutler urged him to get a lawyer. From a list of names, Billy picked former Watergate prosecutor Henry S. Ruth and Steven J. Pollack.
On June 28, Billy told President Carter he had a lawyer. And when they spoke again three days later, the president urged Billy to register as a foreign agent and disclose his activities.
At first the White House denied that the brothers had discussed the matter. There was also a denial that Civiletti and president Carter had talked about it. Both stories were recanted. The president conceded he had urged Billy “to make a complete revelation” of his activities and that he had talked with Civiletti about the case.
On July 14, Billy registered with the Justice Department as an agent of the Libyan government and revealed the $220,000 he received. By doing so, he won dismissal of a civil suit that said he “undertook a propaganda campaign" in return for “certain gifts of personal property” and the $220,000.
With calls escalating for an investigation, the Senate created a bipartisan nine-member panel to investigate the Libyan connection. Carter said he would cooperate and testify in person if necessary.
Now the story took another twist. The White House confirmed that President Carter had met on Dec. 6, 1979, with Ali Houderi, the Libyan charge d’affairs, to ask for help in getting America’s hostages in Iran freed. It seems that first lady Rosalynn Carter had asked Billy for his assistance in making contact with the libyans.
The weeks of backing and filling on the Billy mess were damaging to President Carter, facing the Democratic National Convention and a floor fight beginning Aug. ll. So the White House understandably sought to get the congressional hearings out of the way before then.
But at week’s end, that appeared a vain hope So Powell promised a full report on Monday, as well as a presidential press conference.
Meanwhile, Billy was still holding court in Plains, just as he did four years ago. But nobody was laughing.treater J?eto ^Braunfels Chamber of Commerce
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asked what he was thinking about, he replied that he was musing over a dance that night.
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