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Tuesday, July 15, 1975


Page Five

Tuesday, July 15, 1975 THE MICHIGAN DAILY Page Five

Butterfield denies he was Popular Democratic
CIA White House contact Party pulls out of
ASHINGTON ( )-Former White House aide President so he needed the clearance "which is
ander Butterfield said yesterday that alle- not a big deal."
us he was a Central IntellIgence Agency In the Sunday interview on CBS' "61 Minutes,"go .in P ru a
sander~~ ~ ~ Butrildsi


(CIA) contact man at the Witte House are atse
and defamatory.
"Those serious allegations are altogether false.
Moreover they are defamatory. In that I stated
my White House duties in full under oath to the
Senate Watergate committee and other high-level
investigative bodies, Mr. Fletcher Prouty's alle-
gation is tantamount to a charge of perjury. The
damage to my reputation has been done . . ,
said Butterfield in a statement to newsmen.
BUTTERFIELD was an aide at the White House
when Richard Nixon was president.
Butterfield had also denied the CIA connec-
tion in a television interview Sunday, but Proity
said later he would stick by his original state-
"I don't back off from any of that," said
Prouty, a retired Air Force colonel.
BUTTERFIELD'S denial of any CIA connection
was echoed by the agency,- which said he had
never been assigned to or worked for it in any
capacity. The CIA did say Butterfield had clear-
ance to see sensitive materials, but Butterfield
noted that he read all material sent to the

Butterfield said he had never met or seen con-
victed Watergate burglar B. Howard Hunt, the
man Prouty claims told him that Butterfield was
the CIA contact man at the White House.
Prouty said, however, that one of Hunt's asso-
ciates at the Washington public relations firm of
Mullen & Co., may actually have contacted But-
terfield in connection with Prouty's attempt to
get White House backing for a project involving
Indochina prisoners of war.
PROUTY SAID his claim was based on the fact
that Mullen was a firm with CIA connections and
that Hunt was a 20-year veteran of the CIA.
Prouty contended, therefore, that whoever Hunt
said he would contact at the White House "is by
definition a CIA contact man."
In an interview Friday on "The CBS Morning
News" Prouty had said he had "no doubt" about
Butterfield's employment by the CIA.
BUT LATER Prouty said he was not certain
whether Butterfield was on the CIA payroll when
he worked in the Nixon administration. "You can
never tell," Prouty said, "unless somebody comes
clean with the precise documents, nobody's going
to know . .. that's the name of the game.

Indian St
Gandhi a
NEW DELHI, India (A') - The
Indian Supreme Court handed
Prime Minister Indira Gandhi
a legal setback yesterday in her
effort to get; quick resolution of
:a court battle that threatens her
grip on power.
A four-man panel presided by
Chief Justice Ajit Nath R a y
overruled pleas by Mrs. Gan-
dhi's legal team that hearings
begin next week on her appeal
from a conviction for election
RAY INSTEAD bowed to en-
treaties from lawyers for jailed
Socialist leader Raj Narain that
the hearings be delayed for at
least four weeks, setting Aug.
11 as opening day for the cruc-
ial showdown.
With arguments expec-e i by
both sides to take three to four
weeks - and with another two
weeks for the Supreme Court to
deliberate - it appeared M r s .
Gandhi's fate in court wil not
be known until the middle of
This leaves India in aispense
for another two months on the
outcome of an appeal that could
determine whether Mrs. Gandhi
remains in power, since the
mandatory penalty for election
law convictions is a six-year ban
on holding elective office.

upreme Court deals
blow in power fight

LISBON, Portugal (P) - The.
moderate Popular Democratic
Party (PPD) decided yesterday
to pull out of the Portuguese
government because of the lack
of democratic guarantees and
join the Socialists in opposition,
a party official said.
The official predicted that
Portugal would be under full
military rule within 48 hours,
ending any pretense of civilian
A PULLOUT by the two Pop-
ular Democratic m in i s t e r s
would leave the Communists as
the only civilians in the cabi-
net, but Premier Vasco Gon-
calves is expected to use the
opportunity to name an all-
military cabinet, a step advo-
cated by radical military lead-
era unhappy with party spub-
Almost all power, however, is
already held by the military's
30-man Revolutionary Council,
which was summoned into
emergency session to grapple
with the worst crisis since the
military overthrew the old
right-wing regime 14 months
Following the withdrawallast
week of the Socialists, the na-
tion's biggest party, over a free
press issue, the PPD gave a
five-point ultimatum to Presi-
dent Francisco da Costa Gomes
demanding assurances for Por-
tuguese democracy. Goncalves
made it plain to PPD officials
in a private meeting that the
demands were turned down, the
party official said.
"THERE IS now one chance
in a hundred we will stay it," he
added. Nevertheless, the PPD
will wait until the Wednesday
deadline given the president be-
fore pulling out.
The Socialists called a mass
rally at Sao Bento government
palace Tuesday night to back
up their leaders, exit from the
Even if the Communists lose
their representation in the gov-
ernment in the naming of all-
military cabinet, they could
maintain influence by virtue of
their domination of the trade
unions and the press and local

government and their close as-
sociation with Goncalves.
EACH of the four parties in
the coalition had two cabinet
members. The Communist par-
ty, however, had four cabinet
officers on its ideological side
because its satellite party, the
Portuguese Democratic Move-
ment (MDP) which polled 4
per cent in the elections, was
included in the coalition. The
Socialists got 37 per cent and
the PPD 26 per cent.
PPD cabinet members were
Joaquim Magalhaes Mota, a
minister without portfolio, and
Welfare Minister Orge de Car-
valho Borges.
Besides the political opposi-
tion of the Socialists and Popu-
lar Democrats, the military is
beginning to get stiff opposition
from other quarters. Among
them were:
" A Roman Catholic bishop
who led 10,000 marchers in the
northern city of Oveiro Sunday
to pretest loss of the Church
radio station in Lisbon to left-
ists. "Let this example be
spread en masse from the Min-
ho in the north to the Algarve
in the south. Christians have
been asleep and now must
awaken," said Mishop Manuel
* A congress of lawyers who
met in Coimbra Saturday over-
whelmingly rejected a motion
to approve unconditionally the
military's revolutionary course.
Instead, the lawyers appointed
a committee to report on civil
rights violations by the authori-
The deadline for order-
ing caps & gowns has
been extended to July
16, 1975.

minister met for more thmn 2 1
hours yesterday evening w it h
the top leadership of her Con-
gress party, reviewing the emer-
gency rule declared June 26 to
crush opposition calling for Mrs.
Gandhi's resignation.
A spokesman said party ma-
chinery was put in motion far
purging six Congress leaders
who joined in the call far Mrs.
Gandhi to step down because
of a June 12 lower court convic-
tion of illegal campaign tactics.
All were members of Parlia-
ment, including the fo: mer mi -
ister of state for planning, Mo-
han Dharia.
Several are believed to be in
police confinement along with
scores of opposition leaders and
thousands of other persons
rounded up under emergency
rules that free police from the
need to bring formal charges or
refer prisoners for trial.
THE PARTY elders, who met
in traditional Indian fashion
slouched on cushions on the floor
of party headquarters, labeled
Mrs. Gandhi's anti-opposition
crackdown an "epoch-making
statement on the proclamation
of internal emergency."
"At first, many people did
not grasp its significance and
the background in whic this

action was taken," they said in a
resolution. "But since the facts
and circumstances necessitating
the proclamation began to un-
fold themselves, the support for
this move -has been growing and
in fact many people now wonder
why this action was not taken
Mrs. Ghandi's lawyers pushed
hard to get the hearings sched-
'led next week. They are known
to want the aopeal over as
quickly as possible to clear the
poisoned political atmosphere.
HER TEAM was hualed by
Jagan Nath Kaushal, 'u balding
erayhaired advocate general
from neighboring Haryana State.
The prime minister's original
chief counsel, Nani Palkhivala,
quit her defense to protest the
emergency decree, legal sourc-
es said.
Narain's chief counsel, Shai'ti
Bhushan, said he was bust with
pending cases in Bombay and
could not begin for at least a
month. Ray, presiding in a teak-
paneled courtroom with 14 fans
whiring from a high ceiling, is-
tened to arguments from both
black-robed lawyers for about
15 minutes, then came down for
Bhushan. The mustachioed Bhus-
han said later that Ray's de-
cision reaffirmed the independ-
ence of the Indian judiciary.

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