CONGRESSIONAL RECORD-SENATE May 8, 1973
THE WATERGATE CONSPIRACY
W.r. MANSFIELD. Mr. President, on
January 16, 1973, at the request of Senator
SAM ERVIN, chairman -of the Senate
Select> Committee on ?,residential Campair,'
l'l Act ivities, I dispatched identical
letters to the following:
Hon. Richard Helms, Director of
Central Intelligence, Centra.! Intelligence
Agency, Washington, D.C. 20505.
CommiLt.ee To He-elect the President,
17(Jl Pcnnsylvt,nia Avenue, Washington,
lion. Richard Kliendienst, Attorney
Grncral of the United States, Departent
of Justice, Washington, D.C.
Hon. Pa"rick L. Gray III, Director,
Federal Bureau of Investigation, Washington,
John W. Dean III, Esq., Counsel to
the President, Executive Office of the
President, The White House, Washington,
Hon. Elmer B. Staats, Comptroller
General of the United States, General
Accounting Office, Washington, D.C.
Maurice H. Stans. chairman, finance,
Committee To Re-elect the President.
1701 Pennsylavnia Avenue, Washington,
The Republican National Committee,
310 Flr5t Street, SE .. Washington, D.C.
Earl L. Slibert. Esq., Principal Assistant
U.S. A"torney, U.S. District
Courthouse, Third and Constitution
NW., Washing-ton, D.C. 20001.
Each of the above individuals and organizatiOns
acknowledg-ed the receipt of
the communication through the person
to whom it was delivered.
The signed receipts follow:
OFFICE OF TJlE l\1AJORITT LEADER,
Washmgton, D.C., January 17, 1973.
Hon. RICHARD HELMS,
Director of Central Intclligcncy,
Central Intelligence Agency,
Washington, D .C.
RoBERT J. KEL&o.
COMMITTEE To RE-ELECT THE PRESIDENT,
1701 Pennsylvania Avenue,
Han. RICIIARD G . KLEINDIENST,
Attorney General of the United. State•.
Department of Justice,
Hon. PATRICK L. GRAY III,
Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation,
Washington, D .C.
JoHN W. DEAN III, Esquire,
Counsel to the President, Executive Office of
the President, The White House, Washington,
F. J. CARRALL.
Hon. ELMER B. STAI•TS,
Comptroller General of the United States,
General Accounting Office,
GLADYS M. RIGSBY.
MAURICE H. STANS, Chairman,
Finance Committee to Re-elect the Preaid.ent,
1701 Pennsylvania A.venue,
THE REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE,
310 First Street, S.E.,
JEAN M. DAVENPORT.
EARL J. SILBERT, Esquire,
Principal Assistant U.S. Attorney, United.
States District Courtitouse, Third. and
Constitution, N.W., Washington, D .C.
PII>RCY N. LAssiKAB for E.J.S.
The following communication, Identical
in each case, was sent to the above
listed individuals and organizations and
reads as f "llows :
As you may be aWll.re, the Senate Is to conduct
o. full and complete Investigation of
the allegations o! 1Jlego.l or Improper activities
during the r ecently completed national
olcctlons. This Investigation Is to Include an
examination or the events surround In~ the
break-In o.t the Democratic National Committee
headquarters In the Watergate, the
reports of political sabotage and espionage,
questions concerning the receipt and accounting
of campaign funds, and the practices
and procedures of the various agencies
and ot!iCJ!Als In their Investigation of such
I am writing to request that you not destroy,
remove from your possession or control,
or otherwlse dispose or permit the disposal
of any records or documen.ta which might
have o. ·bearing on the subjecta under investlgatllon,
Including but not limited to all
recorda pertaining In any way to the flnanc-lng
and operations of any activity related to
or e.!Tectlng the nomination or election of
p.ny person during the recent Presldentlf\1
Late In the afternoon of Friday, May 4,
1973, the press began calllni my office
on the basis of a statement made by Mr.
John Dean andlor his attorney a.t which
time I instructed Mrs. Salpee Sahagian,
administrative assistant to the maJority
leader, to read the contents of the communciation
in full and the names of
those to whom the communication was
s1mt. This was done. I received several
Inquiries from the press since and the
same procedure was followed.
I also ask w1animous consent to have
printed at this point in the RECORD copies
of the replies I received from Attorney
General Richard G. Kleindienst, Comptroller
General Elmer B. Staats, Acting
FBI Director Patrick L. Gray III, and
Principal Assistant U.S. Attorney Earl J.
There being no objection, the replies
were orde1·ed to be printed In the RECOJID,
THE ATTORNEY GENERAL,
Washington, D .C ., Januarv 18, 1973.
lion. Mnnrtm~ n t lt\Ciudlng tho FBI Tlwre~
orc, t!lc 1-'.tii Dtccctor would n ot be> replyln~;.
H \her~ nrc nny q uestions, contnct Mr.
Mr. 1\'iA.t'ISFIELD. Mr. P resident. I did
not lll'<-..r nny further from the other indil'ldt<
r.ls or organizations contacted
Tilis morning, I received in the mail a
"l\lotion To Lodge Document wit.h the
Cot;rt" filed m the U.S. District Court for
the District of Columbio. nne! signed by
Clwries Norman ShatTer, 342 Hungerford
Cot;rt, Rockville, Md. 20850, attorneys for
John Wesley Dean III. 'TI1e document
: llcoTioN To Loner: DoouMENl' WITH l'Hll OO'OIIl'
United f.:itate.1 of America v. John Doe,
et nl., criminal case No. 1627-72.
Comes now John Wesley Dean, I!I1 by his
a ttorneys , Shr.ITer, McKeever & F1tzp~\l\l t%C the announcement,
:J. Ti1errnftcr on tho &nmo dntc at npproxlm:
Hrly 2 :OO p.m. nonnid Zel(llor, tho Pres!•
dcnl illl J>rp,;t, Sccrctnry, by n lonr, di~Lnnco
t r lrpllnnc cnl\ confirmed to him tho Pres!•
dcu tlnl nctlon cnrllcr reported by the wire
6 Cr\'1CCG' llC\Vfi iJUllCtin,
4. ·.rnnL cturl nr: tho tenure of his nppolnt•
!\lent na Golln&ol to t ho Prcijltlont of' tho
Vnll cd SLa tes nnd prior to his tonnlna~lon
in l.hnt omce on or &bout Mondny, AprU 30,
1073, Denn carried & total lieOurity cleua.uoe
covering his posrcsslon and uso or clo.ssltlcd
security lnformnLion which la!Jsermntlon.
"(3) concerning the conmunlcatlon mtell1-
gence o.ctlvl•leo of the Unlteci States .•.• "
W1der penalty ot felony crimina.! prosecution
leadln(l t.O nne and or lmprlsonmont.
B. Thnt tor a auba•nntlal period prior to
and since his termination !rom omce abovedescribeci
In I'nrngrapbs 2 and 3, Dean hao
had within his possession and subject to his
control a cert-11,1 document containing forty•
three (43) numbered pages together with
eight (G) related supplementary documents
plastic bound .n a blue cover and carrying &
security elasslficnt on.
9 Thn t De ail hilS renson to bel1eve that
some, If not Ill! ot tho content or the documentc
ctcscrlbeci In Pnragrnph B, above, !nl\
within the scope o! the coverage ot Exhibit A
anci thnt the 6!\ICI documentn may have "&
bearing on tho sub ccts unctcr lnvestlga.tlon"
by tho Senate however, & ren.sonable lnterpretntlon
o! tho ehnraetcr of Exhibit A sup•
ports the view thM tho Exhibit doos not
meet tho stGtutory oxceptlon of Title 18,
Unit d States Oode, Section 708(c) reading:
"No hlng In .his cctlon shall prohibit tho
!urn1 hlr. , upon lawful demand, o! Information
to any rcgull\r y cor. tltuted com•
mlttee of tho Senate or House o! Representa•
tlves of tho United States or America, or
Joint committee thereof"
10. That prior to AprU 30, 1073, Do>\11,
~Lntlc.p~< ,r.g tho rcnaonnblo ;lkollhood of
e ther (n) o. covert brenk-In to his omco
before his term nation by persons unknown
or (b) sce.llng ot hi& tiles ntter his termination
by govorm ntn.1 n1:ents nnd thereby run
the rtsk or hlcr;ltlnnto destruction or tile
document& Involved, removed the documents
deecrl bed to n. we and eecure pl&oo under
hla ou.atod:y anci controL
11. That following Dean's return from tho
ot.her jurlsdlctlon tLbove -descrlbed In PnraJ.,'
Taph 2, ou or about Thursdny, Mny 3, 1'173,
he contracted In his name tor a SAfe ntlon.
16. Thnt because or the even ts o.bovcdescrlbed
ln Pnrngrnphs 2 and 11, Denn WI\R
not previously confronted with the problem
concerning the appropriate dlsposltlon or the
cln.sslflcd ml\terlal hereln described nnd he
did not sooner file the within Mot.lon.
Wherefore, the premises con sidered, Dean
respectt,tlly prays this Honorable Court to
pnss lln Order:
1 Directing the Clerk of this Honornhln
Court to remove the two (2) keys attached
to Exhibit B anci holci them In a snre place
subject to the further Order of the Court;
2, Por •uch other and further re lle! as to
thl.l Honorable Court ahall aeem appropriate.
Waslltngton, D.O., Januarv16, 1973,
JoHN W Dr.AN III, Esquire,
Counsel to the President, Executive Office
of the President, the Whits Hcmse,
DEAR MR. Dl!:AN! As you may be awnro , the
Senate Is to conduct a full a nd complrle
Investigation of the allegations of lllegnl or
Improper activities during the recently completed
national elections. This 1nvestlgatlnn
is to include an examlnntlon of t he evrn ts
surrounding the brenk-In at the Democrnt lc
Nntlonnl Committee headquarters In the
WaterGate, thll reports ot polltlcnl sabotar.o
anci esplonnge, t'J.uestlons concernlng tho r eceipt
anci accounting of cnmpnlgn !uncls ,
and the prncttces and procedures of the
various agencies nnd omclnls In t heir Investigation
ot such activities.
I am writing to request that you not dratroy,
remove from your possession or control,
or othcrwl~o dispose or permit t he
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