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THE
Michigan Daily

Vol. LXXXIV, No. 51-S

Ann Arbor, Michigan-Tuesday, July 30, 1974

Ten Cents

Twelve Pages

Connally indicted on 5 counts

WASHINGTON M)-Former Treasury
Secretary John Connally was indicted
yesterday and accused of taking two
$5,000 bribes from a dairy cooperative,
and then committing perjury as part of a
conspiracy to cover up the payments. He
said he would contest the charges.
Also indicted was a former Connally
associate, Jake Jacobsen, who reportedly
has agreed to plead guilty to the bribery
:harge and to testify against Connally
Jacobsen's lawyer would not comment
on the indictment.
A WATERGATE grand jury charged
Connally with two counts of accepting a
bribe, two counts of perjury and one
count of conspiracy to obstruct justice.

Jacobsen was charged with a single
count of giving a bribe.
Connally, the fourth member of Presi-
dent Nixon's cabinet to be charged with
a crime, issued a statement through his
Houston law office. "I deny again that I
am guilty of any wrongdoing and I am
confident that I will be completely vin-
dicated of these charges," he said.
THE INDICTMENT says Jacobsen
bribed Connally in return for his help
in persuading President Nixon to raise
federal milk price supports in March,
1971.- The increase was worth an esti-
mated $30 million to dairy farmers.
The indictment says Jacobsen, a law-
yer working for the largest of the co-ops,

Associated Milk Producers, Inc., paid
Connally $5,000 around May 14, 1971, and
another $5,000 around Sept. 24. -
It said that more than two years after
the payments, when Watergate investi-
gators were checking out a second-hand
allegation about the money, Connally
and Jacobsen fabricated a false story to
cover it up.
BOTH MEN swore that Jacobsen had
offered Connally $10,000 not as a bribe,
but for use in making political contri-
butions. Both swore that Connally refus-
ed the money on grounds that it would
be awkward for him, as a Democrat in
a Republican administration, to give to
either party.

The indictment charged that the story
was false and part of an illegal conspir-
acy to obstruct justice.
It also said the Connally gave Jacob-
sen $10,000 in cash which Jacobsen plac-
ed in a safe-deposit box and which he
swore was the money Connally had re-
fused.
THE PERJURY counts charge that
Connally lied to the Watergate grand
jury last Nov. 14, when he swore that he
talked to Jacobsen only once in the pre-
ceding three or four weeks and that the
conversation concerned a bank charter
and not the $10,000.
See JURY, Page 9

House unit votes 2nd
impeachment article
Accuses Nixon of abusing power

WASHINGTON UM - Expanding
its f o r m a 1 accusations against
President Nixon, the House Judi-
tiary Committee adopted a second
impeachment a r t i c I e last night
charging him with broad misuse of
federal agents and agencies.
The vote was 28 to 10, with seven
Republicans joining all 21 Demo-
crats in accusing Nixon of ordering
or condoning wiretapping, private
peeks at tax r e t u r n s and other
activities "violating the constitu-
tional rights of citizens."
THE BIPARTISAN majority was one
vote greater than on Saturday night,
when the committee voted 27 to 11 a
first article recommending Nixon's re-
moval from office for obstructing jus-
tice in the Watergate cover-up.
- The additional vote in support of the
second article came from Rep. Robert
McClory of Illinois, second ranking Re-
publican on the committee.
The committee recessed immediately
after the vote until 10:30 a.m. EDT
today.
STILL TO COME are proposed im-
peachment articles b a s e d on Nixon's
refusal to heed congressional subpoenas,
his secret bombing of Cambodia and
irregularities in his personal taxes.
These will be taken up today when the
committee holds its sixth--and perhaps
final-day of nationally televised debate.
Compared with Saturday's grim, tear-
evoking drama, the roll call on the sec-
ond article was almost anti-climactic.
Throwghout a day of sometimes desul-
tory, sometimes barbed debate, impeach-
ment advocates had easily turned back
the maneuvers of Nixon's outnumbered
defenders.
"There is no joy in removing a Presi-
ident," said Rep. Jack Brooks (D-Tex.)
See HOUSE, Page 10

CHAIRMAN PETER RODINO (D-N.J.) of the House Judiciary Committee holds a conference just prior to the start of
yesterday's debate on the second article of impeachment. From left are Rodino, Frank Polk, minority counsel for the
committee, Rep. Tom Railsback (R-Ill.) and John Doar, chief counsel. The committee passed the impeachment article by
a vote of 28-10.

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