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The Michigan Daily-Saturday, September 6, 1980-Page 11
Civiletti admits
error in
Carter probe

NICE SHIDES MAN!

From AP and UPI
WASHINGTON-Attorney General
Benjamin Civiletti told a special sub-
committee investigating Billy Carter's
ties with Libya he made a "serious
mistake" when he declared at a July 24
news conference he had never talked
about the case to the president or
anyone at the White House.
But Civiletti, saying Billy Carter
received "fair, hard-nosed and
correct" treatment from the Justice
Department, denied yesterday he
sought to delay investigation of
President Carter's younger brother or
improperly tip the president off about
it.
BILLY CARTER'S DECISIONS to
visit Libya twice, accept $220,000 from
Muammor Khadafy's government and
speak out on Tripoli's behalf "are
reprehensible," Civiletti said-but not
illegal.
He said he was making no "deal" or
"commitment" when he told the
president in a private meeting June 17
if Billy Carter registered as a foreign
agent he would probably not be
prosecuted for failing to do so sooner.
"Neither then nor now have I had any
doubts that my comments to the
president about Billy Carter's
obligation to register and the depar-
tment's general policy were completely
proper and consistent with my duties,"
the attorney general testified.
BESIDES QUESTIONING Civiletti,
the Senate panel also focused on
another prominent figure in the Carter
Administration-national security ad-
viser Zbigniew Brzezinski.
"I understand that Brzezinski has
been and still is under investigation by
the Department of Justice for a
national security violation," said Sen.

Strom Thurmond (R-S.C.)
"That is correct," Civiletti replied.
BRZEZINSKI HAS SAID he
telephoned Billy Carter this spring to
tell him an oil deal he was contem-
plating with Libya could embarrass the
president. Brzezinski learned of the
arrangement from an i intelligence
report that Civiletti also had seen-and
withheld from his own investigators
because of its sensitive nature.
Much of the questioning by the Senate
panel concerned the June 17 meeting'
with the president, which Civiletti
disclosed on July 25, one dgy after
denying he had ever talked to the
president about the case.
He told the subcommittee he
mistakenly thought the question was
whether he had discussed the in-
vestigation with the president. He said
he answered "No" because he had not.
BUT HE SAID his answer was wrong
because the question had been whether
he had discussed the matter with the
president at all, and he had.
Civiletti also testified he does not
remember telling his investigators six
days earlier to wait 10 days before
taking any action against the
president's brother.
But Civiletti said if he did make that
statement, the purpose would have
been to give Billy Carter time to
register voluntarily.
On another question, Civiletti said he
withheld U.S. intelligence information
on pending Libyan payments to Billy
Carter from his own investigators in
order to protect sources.
He said he considered telling
President Carter about it because of
foreign policy ramifications, but
decided it was more important to
protect the sources.

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Junior Neal Donaldson, a resident of
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The committee is also planning other
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Thursday night Gold instructed Bursley
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