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Thursday, August 15, 1974


Page Five

Thursday, August 15, 1974 THE MICHIGAN DAILY Page Five

St. Clair rules Watergate
tapes still belong to N'xon
(Qontinued from Page 3) TERHORST SAID W H E N ings to the prosecutor's office.
There is no legal opinion on the courts finish with the taies
paper, just the informal con- and documents, they will revert THE WHITE HOUSE t a p e
elusion of the two lawyers, ter- to Nixon's ownership. collection is an extensive one.
Horst said, adding the decision Meanwhile, U. S. District Nixon ordered the automatic
was relayed both to the Justice Judge John Sirica continued go- system activated in February
Department and the special ing through the 55 tapes turned 1971. Until it was dismantled
Watergate prosecutor who "rais- over for his ruling for relevance following disclosure of its exist-
ed no objections." to the upcoming trial of the six ence in July 1973, the micro-
Sources at the prosecutor's Watergate cover-up defendants. phones in the President's of-
office confirmed that their law- The task was expected to last fices and on his telephones
yers were advised of the opin- through the weekend. Sirica is- picked up virtually every presi-
ion, but took no part in it. sued two orders yesterday dential conversation. The reels
transferring five more record- are stored in an Executive Of-
--- --- fice Building basement.
The House Judiciary Commit-
tee has hanging its subpoenas
for 147 conversations, but Chair-
man Peter Rodino (D-N.J.), has
declared the committee's inves-
(Continued from Page 3) Nixon-Ford transition would be tigation closed, and the issue is
Contending t h a t "the Presi- disappointed if major personnel moot.
dential mandate of the 1972 changes are not made to put TerHorst announced officially
election no longer exists," Rep. Ford's imprint on his adminis- the expected departure of St.
John Moss (D-Calif.) proposed tration. Clair, who had carried Nixon's
postponing until after the No- Rumsfeld has been serving as fight to keep the tapes from in-
vember election the selection chief of the four-man transition vestigators. St. Clair is return-
and confirmation of a vice group named by Ford last Fri- ing to private practice in Bos-
president. - day, though terHorst said yes- ton "at his own initiative," Ter-
The idea drew prompt, nega- terday that Rmsfeld would re- Horst said.
tive reaction from the Demo- turn to his NATO post as soon
cratic leadership of the House. as possible. TERHORST SAID subpoenaed
The leaders are planning on According to the sources, for- tapes and others considered
congressional action soon after mal transition p 1 a n n i n g for relevant will remain in the
Congress returns from the La- Ford's ascension to the presi- White House for the time being,
bor Day recess. dency began Aug. 7, the day be- but could not answer specific
fore Nixon announced his resig questions on what conversations
MOSS MADE his proposal in nation. are in that category.
similar letters to President The recorded conversations
Ford and to the leaders of both PHILIP BUCHEN, an old could be Nixon's greatest finan-
parties in the H o u s e and friend of Ford and his former cial asset. Years ago, Chicago
Senate. Grand Rapids, Mich., law part- appraiser R a 1 p h Newman
th tim White ner, called a half-dozen others valued tape recordings Nixon
House sourceindicated that together in late afternoon, pre- made as vice president at far
Haig, who was chief of stafft sumably with Ford's knowledge, less than the presidential ones
under former President Richard the sources said. - at $25 each.
Nixon, would probably remain The initial meeting took place Nixon had said he activated
in the job for a considerable that afternoon at the home of the presidentialy taping system
time. However, the President's William Whyte, a U.S. Steel to preserve a historical record.
adviser's feel he should be re- vice president and old friend of During last year's controversy
placed eventually. Ford, they said. over his half-million dollar tax
Others present included for- deduction on the gift of his vice
Sources said the most likely mer Rep. John Byrnes of Wis- presidential papers, Nixon said,
candidate is Donald Romsfeld consin; Bryce Harlow; Sen. ;I will be glad to have the pa-
U.S. Ambassador to NATO. Robert Griffin of Michigan; pers back and I will pay the tax
However, terHorst denied re- former Pennsylvania Gov. Wil- because I think they are worth
ports that Ford is considering liam Scranton; and Clay White- more than that."
replacing Haig with Rumsfeld. head, who has been the White He didn't get the papers back
Reacting to the reports attri- House telecommunications but was assessed the tax any-
buted to sources close to Ford, chief.- way.
terHorst said, "there's no truth
to it. The President has asked
Al Haig to stay on for the
duration.F. Fordconfers on
RUMSFELD, a former Illinois
congressman, headed the Office
of Economic Opportunity and
was a presidential counselor
before being named to the
NATO post. (Continued fromPagel) reach Ford's desk before the
In discussing possible Cabinet opportunity available to both end of the year.
changes, the sources indicated sides." This first foreign sum- TerHorst declared Ford was
that only one Cabinet member mit by Ford probably won't seriously disappointed that
Secretary of State Henry Ris- occur until at least late No- two S e n a t e committees had
singer, is considered indispens- vember, an official said; voted to chop almost $6 billion
able. -Ford's chief spokesman an- from U.S. military andforeign
Names of those likely to go nounced that former Presden e TERHOST said Ford hopes
were not disclosed, although Richa Nixn de Hue Congress will recognize "the
Roy Ash, head of the Office o tapes have been declared Nix- impact that a reduction of that
Management and Budget, is ex- on's personal property. But magnitude would have on U.S.
pectd t beoneof he irs toPress Secretary J e r a l d ter- security.
peted to be one of the first to Hors indicated that tapes un- seuiy
depart. dersubmdica or cniered Meanwhile, terHorst said Ford
delvsubpoena or considered was supporting a move by Rep.
THE SOURCES said the team relevant by Watergate investi- William Harsha (R-Ohio) to cut
that has been working on the gators would be retained at the a budget-busting $20 billion ur-
White House; ban mass transit bill to $11 bil-
-Ford and Kissinger held a lion.
OCn didworking luncheon at the White Ford also c o n f e r r e d with
House with Egyptian Foreign members of his so-called tran-
Minister Ismail Fahmy and oth- sition team, temporary advisers
er Egyptian officials who are m who are helping shape his White
fle r ports Washingtontmake arrange- House staff and administration.
mentsfor President Anwar Sa- TerHorst said he expects that
dat's planned visit to the United the transition team will be "out
States; and df business in a week or so
(Continued from Page 3) -Soviet Ambassador Anatoly maybe sooner."
Women, Jean Campbell, direc- Dobrynin met with Ford in the IN AN EXPECTED announce-

tar of the Center for Continuing Oval Office, delivering a per- ment, terHorst said that James
Education of Women and Eu. sonal message to the new Pres- St. Clair, who had headed Nix-
gene Power a retired executive, ident from Soviet leader Leonid on's Watergate and impeach-,
each contributed $500. Brezhnev. ment defense team, was return-
No records were available for FORD WAS busy, too, on ing to his private law practice
Theo Williams, who ran a dis- economic and legislative issues. in Boston, leaving the govern-
tat last in the contest r He met with Senate Finance ment payroll effective yester-
t Committee Chairman Russell day.
As of August 1 - five days Long of Louisiana and * spoke TerHorst said he did not know
before the election - each of of the need for an "atmosphere what, if any, role St. Clair
the candidates had spent less of selfsacrifice" in curbing in- played in the decision by the
than the amount.contributed to flation. White House legal staff that the
his or her campaign. The law A presidential spokesman said scores of tape recordings *ere
does not require candidates to after the meeting that Long Nixon's personal property.
expend all donations provided voiced the hope that trade re- He said Ford had played no
the balance is reported on their form legislation and a national part in reaching -the decision,
personal income tax returns. h e a 1t h insurance plan could but concurred in it.

Turks begin full
combat in Cyprus

(Continued from Page 1)
ANOTHER Security Council
meeting was called for last eve-
ning in New York, but was post-
poned until this morning to
await Secretary - General Kurt
Waldheim's return with a re-
port on his meetings with
European leaders.
U.N. spokesmen said three of
the world organization's peace-
keeping soldiers were killed and
22 wounded in the latest fight-
ing. The three killed were Aus-
trians. The Austrian Defense
Ministry claimed in Vienna that
they were in a marked U. N.
vehicle that was attacked by a
Turkish plane near Larnaca.
Other reports said 28 persons
were wounded during a Turkish
air strike on a mental hospital,
and that a newsman was also
hurt during a raid on the Inter-
national Red Cross headquar-
ters in the Nicosia Hilton.

In other developments yester-
day, Greece pulled its armed
forces out of the North Atlantic
Treaty Organization and was
reported sending thousands of
them to the Turkish frontier in
The U. S. government warned
Greece and Turkey that their
military aid will be cut off if
the two NATO allies go to w'ir.
White House press secretary
Jerald terHorst said President
Ford was in close touch with
Secretary of State Henry Kis-
singer concerning the Cyprus
Ford spoke by telephone with
Prime Minister Harold Wilson
and Foreign Secretary James
Callaghan of Britain. Britain is
a guarantor nation of Cypriot
independence along with Greece
and Turkey.

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