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Southern Illinoisan (Newspaper) - April 30, 1974, Carbondale, Illinois PUBLICATION OFFICE Carbondale 710 N Illinois Murphysboro 1113 Walnut Harrin 212 N lift Volume a Copy Soithern Hlinoisan luetMser Curbonilili fnt frm Herrln Otlly Journal Murphyiboro j TUESDAY APRIL 30 1974 PO BOX 789 20 Pages Transcripts released Nixon lawyers sayno criminal plot shown Mentioned in Nixon speech President Nixon said Mon 20 1972 could have occurred left Nixon also directly day that he does not know but said he is certain it was lenged the testimony of his jjgf done purposely by his sec former White House counsel ietary Rose Mary Woods how the minute one tape recording of June former White House counsel John WDean III right AP Wirephoto St Clair says John Dean tried to blackmail Nixon Washington StarNews And Associated Press The White House stepping up Its assault on the credibility of John W Dean III charged today that the former White House coursel attempted to blackmail President Nixon in order to gain immunity from prosecution in the Watergate coverup Presidential lawyer James St Clair said in a 50page summary of the transcripts of White House conversations released today that Nixon learned of the blackmail threat on April 27 1973 On that date assistant Atty Gen Henry Peterson reported to the President that Deans lawyer was threatening that unless Dean got immunity We will bring the president in not in this case the coverup but in other things according to the St Clair summary Nixons response to the threat the summary said was All right We have got the immunity problem resolved Do it Dean if you need to but boy I am tell ing you there aint going to be any blackmail Dean the former presidential counsel did not receive im munity from the Watergate prosecutor although he received partial immunity from the Senate Watergate committee in exchange for his testimony at hearings last summer Instead Dean pleaded guilty to one countin connection with his role in the up He has not been sentenced yet and is still cooperating with Watergate prosecutors The summary said that Petersen also advised Nixon on April 27 that the negotia tions with Deans attorneys had bogged down In these nego tiations prosecutors were seek ing to get Deans account of the Watergate coverun Petersen told Nixon dismissal of Dean along that with Washington AP President Nixons lawyers said today as they turned over edited transcripts to Judiciary Committee that tapes of Wateirgaterelated conversa tions do not once make it ap pear that the President of the United States was engaged in a criminal plot to obstruct jus tice The claim was made in a White House statement ac companying edited transcripts of the conversations which Nix on sent to the committee in response to a subpoena deman ding the tapes A 50page submission to the panel considering possible im peachment prepared by defense counsel James D St Clair also concluded that the raw material of these recorded c o n f idential conversations establishes that the President had no prior knowledge of the breakin at Democratic Na tional Committee headquarters and that he had no knowledge of any coverup prior to March 211973 The 1200 pages of edited tapes were to be made public later in the day but the St Clair docu ment repeatedly quoted from the tape transcripts And at I points comparisons were made between the content of the sworn testimony America listens reactions vary Story on page 20 the White House safe of con victed Watergate burglar E Howard Hunt Deans handling of money that went to Watergate defendants and that Dean had authorized promises of ex ecutive clemency for the defendants One excerpt from the transcript quoted Dean as tell ing Nixon on that day you are not involved in it the coverup and it is something you shouldnt Nixon is said to have responded That is true Dean also was quoted as telling Nixon early in the meeting The reason that I thought we ought to talk this morning is because in our conversations I have the impression that you dont know everything I know and it makes it very difficult for you to make judgments that on ly you can make on some of these things and I thought that At another point Dean said removal of top White House aides HR Haldeman andJohn Ehrlichman would now be helpful to the US attorney St Clair said As a result the President an nounced three days laterthat Haldeman and Ehrliehman had resigned and that Dean was fired the summary stated The summary which contains pieces of testimony from the transcripts appears the most aggressiveeffort bythe White Houseso far to discredit the testimony of Dean It was Dew who accused the President of knowledge of the Watergate coverup as early as Sept 15 1972 some three months after five men were ar rested while breaking into the Democratic Partys head quarters John W Dean III who has been the Presidents chief public ac cuser The transcripts were delivered earlier to an apparently skep tical House Judiciary Com mittee in a black station wagon j There were stacks of papers for each member An hour before Nixon s offer earns him some Republican support Washington AP President Nixons offer of Watergate tape transcripts has earned him at least some Republican support in the House Judiciary Committee which so far has been careful to avoid partisan splits The committeeschairman Democrat Peter W Rodino Jr of New Jersey declined any comment on Nixons offer an nounced in a broadcast speech Monday night But RepEdward Hutchinson of Michigan the ranking Republican on the committee said If it represents the com plete record of Watergate which the President says it does then I think that would be ade quate Hutcinson and Rodino would be authorized under the Nixon proposal to verify the accuracy of the transcripts and determine through listening to the original tapes whether any material relating to Watergate was omitted There was strong Democratic criticism of the move including n statement by Rep Jerome R Waldie of California who said The President has no authority to tell the committee how it should limit its inquiry Senate Democratic Leader Mike Mansfield declined com ment on Nixons speech saying 1 This is a matter which is and which should be beforethe House Judiciary Committee I do not want to be an ticipatory Rep Tom Railsback RI11 was among the committee members describing the Presidents offer as inadequate but he added that it would be in the best interests of the country to avoid legal wrangling if possible Outside the committee initial political reaction divided generally along party lines The President is giving the House Judiciary Committee more than enough information with which to carry out its in vestigation said Vice Presi dent Gerald R Ford I think the Presidents will ingness to subject himself to sworn testimony before Chairman Rodino and Con gressman Hutchinson is evidence of good faith said Senate Minority Leader Hugh Scott Decision unclear on two requests Washington AP President Nixons decision to make public some 1200 pages of transcripts of presidential con versations still left unclear how he will respond to two other re quests for Watergate eviden ce One is a subpoena requiring a response by 9 am Thursday for tapes of 64 presidential con versations sought as evidence in the upcoming Watergate cover up trial The second request came in a letter from the House Judiciary Committee It asked for addi tional material related to the Watergate coverup the ITT case and political contributions from the dairy industry Presidential counsellor J Fred Buzhardt indicated today Nixon would be reluctant to sup ply further tape recorded c o n versations to the committee Interviewed on the CBS Morning News Buzhardt would not divulge Nixons response to the additional requests Buzhardt added that I think his tells the entire story of Watergate Its a monumen al amount of material Waldie renewed his criticism today saying that the offer of tape transcripts was unac ceptable because it does not comply with the committees subpoena It is clearly not satisfactory to exclude Doar and Jenner and our technical staff Waldie said They were excluded because their absence would make it more difficult to properly evaluate the tapes and the President is attempting to make it as difficult as possible for this committee to comply with its constitutional responsibility Rep Robert Drinan DMass said after reviewing his package of transcripts that there were numerous omissions They keep saying inaudi ble unintelligible and ex pletive omitted Drinan said Drinan said that at the next committee meeting scheduled for Wednesday he would favor a vote holding Nixon in non compliance with the sub Senate approves Moore Willis Moore former Southern Illinois University philosophy chairman was approved today as a member of the SIU Board of Trustees by the Illinois Sen ate Tim Renn associate press secretary for Gov Daniel Walk er said the Walker nominee was approved by the full Senate by a 34 to 15 vote shortly before 1pm Moore previously was toned down for the unsalaried post by a Senate committee How ever he has been sitting on the board pending the Senate action the com know sir I can just tell from our conversation that there are things you have no knowledge of The White House submission did not fully spell out the con troversial discussion on March 21 between Nixon and Dean about the payment of hush money to Hunt It simply The President expressed the belief that the money could be raised and perhaps even a way coultf be found to deliver it However he recognized and pointed out that blackmail would continue endlessly and in the final analysis would not be suc cessful unless the Watergate defendants were given executive clemency which he said adamantly could not be done The President stated Capital P for President No it is wrong thats for Presidents actions in insisting j sure ttat the orderly process of the There was no verbatim con inittees 10 am deadline White House aides had loaded 38 manila folders and four large black briefcases into the station wagon and headed for Capitol Hill The White House submission concluded by referring directly to the acquittal Sunday of former Atty Gen John N Mitchell and former Commerce Secretary Maurice Stans in a Watergaterelated case tried in the acquittals New York It said demonstrate the wisdomof the These transcripts of White House tapes will be made Nixon announced Monday Blair limits judicial system be utilized to determine the guilt or innocence of individuals charged with crimes rather than participating in trials in the text for the presidents remark As Nixon acknowledge in his speech Monday night various options were discussed in con sidering how to deal with Hunts demand for money the docu public media In a national radio and television address Monday men said But it said the con night Nixon said he would elusion of the meeting was not deliver the transcripts blemishes and all and ex pected the American public to find in them proof of his in nocense I am placing my trust in the basic fanness of the American people ambiguous It quoted former White House staff chief H R Haldeman who had joined the meeting while it was in progress as telling Nix on Jennys point is exactly right The erosion here now is going to mittee aides said Chairman Nixon then is The Peter Rodino DNJ would erosion is inevitably going to refuse to comment on Nixons come here apart from anything offer at this time and all the people saying well fie is not turning over the tape j you is recordings the committee has i subpoenaed drawing complaints from Democrats and at least one Republican on the com mittee A committee briefing session scheduled for this morning was abruptly canceled and com we have to turnoff at whatever cost We have to turn it off at the lowest cost we can but at whatever cost it takes The excerpt indicated that Dean chimed in at that point to say Thats what we have to do In the 59page submission a NixonDean conversation of March 21 1973 was acknowledged by the White House to be important in assessing the conduct of t h e President Nixon has repeatedly con tended he knew nothing bout the Watergate coverup until Dean informed him of it at that the Watergate isnt a major issue It isnt but it will be Its bound too Unintelligible U has to go out Delaying is the great danger to the White House area We dont I say that the White House cant do it Right The excerpt did not clearly indicate what Nixon was saying the White House could not do but the implication was that he session However the sub mission said that even at the referred to the payment of hush March 21 meeting there were money significant matters which Dean About halftoe White House fVio Trocirlon1 cnhmissmn Healf with events did not report to the President including a Dean order for the destruction of documents from submission dealt with events that followed the March 21 meeting Index Cloudy cooler tonight with rain gradually ending Lows in the 50s Wednesday vari able cloudiness with little tem perature change highs in the 70s Classified Comics TV Bridge Crossword Editorials Family living Records Sports Weather details map Youth 1316 19 4 6 17 ni2 17 5 Springfield AP House Speaker W Robert Blair ruled out of order today any efforts to broaden the discussion of changes in the Regional Transportation Authority and limiteddebate to his proposal Rep Harold Kate DChicago accused Blair of unfairly using his position as Speaker to give his own ideas special con sideration Katz and Rep Eugene Schlickman RArlington Heights asked Blair to postpone the open House hearingcalled to discuss the Speakers proposal and to expand it later to include discussion of RTA changes sought by other lawmakers Their objections were ruled out of order Spectators carrying antiRTA signs watched the proceedings Other stories page 9 j Neardrowning Barking save life A barking dog and a neigh bor who knew artificial resus citation apparently saved the life of a 22montboId Mur physboro area child Monday night The child Veda Weunsh was in good condition today at St Joseph Memorial Hos pital after almost drowning in a sewage lagoon shortly after 6 pm Monday William Todd who lives near the lagoon on Rt 5 Mt Carbon revived the child af ter she was pulled from the sewage lagoon There is no doubt in my mind the child was dead She was purple and there was no pulse My wife Katherine reached the child first and administered several mouth tomouth breaths before I took over and we revived her with in about 8 to 10 breaths Stripmined land Committee cuts reclamation fund Washington AP The House Interior Committee nearing completion of its work on a bill to control strip mtoing has slashed a proposed fund for offered what he said was a Nix on administration amendment to eliminate the abandoned mine reclamation fund His motion lost 21 to 12 with Rep Robert G Jioi oJaoucu reclamation of 25 million acres Stephens Jr DGa joining 11 of stripminedland Republicans in voting for it L w The fund is to be financed as a The committee then adopted fee to be paid by all coal mine operators Originally under a version forged in subcommittee sessions the fee would have been per ton nf coal mined The sponsor of this provision Rep John P Seiberling DOhio offered an amendment Monday by voice vote a proposal by Rep James R Jones DOkla for a fee based on the heatproducing capacity of the goal which he said would average 25 cents to 30 cents per ton Jones said this would yield million a year and make it possible to reclaim the aban that he said would reduce the jdoned mines in 35 to 40 years fee to an average of less than a ton for deep mines and a tori for strip mines Seiberling said this would yield more than million per year enough to reclaim the stripmined lands in 20 years The committee also voted however to divert 40 per cent of the proceeds to counties school districts and Indian tribes to pay for schools roads and health oare Earlier the committee com SU ldlivtt j wwi His scaleddown version was pleted action onthe section or evidently designed to secure easier passage of the bill Rep Sam Steiger RAriz the bill spelling out en vironmenta controls for future strip mining dog neighbor of area child The ambulance peoplear rived immediately and we got the child breathing and crying right away Todd said Todd said he had received some first aid training while working on a government plant in Kevil Ky but said the training was on the former method of pressing on the lower part of the back I read an article recently in the Southern Illinoisan about this mouthtomoutt me thod and remembered it ex actly It was the first time I ever had an opportunity to use it and it worked perfect ly Todd said The child the daughter of Mr and Mrs Stephen Mich ael Weunsh apparently wan dered into the lagoon while the parents were working in the yard of their trailer home The lagoon is about 100 feet from the trailer and only par tially fenced Todd an employe of the Northern Propane Gas Co said he and his wife were working in their yard when they heard Weunsh yelling for help The parents reported they were alerted to the child in trouble when the familys Irish setter dog started to bark Mrs Weunsh saw the child in the lagoon and pulled the baby out You have to give that dog a lot of credit for realizing the baby was in trouble and barking about it Todd said Jackson County Red Cross officials said today an applica tion is to be filed with the St Louis office for a Red Cross Life Saving Award for Todd ;