Ap1 il v, 1 D/.2 CONGRESSIONAL RECORD- SENATE
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l\IORNil'nt has been
done unc:Ci Jll'L \lOllS D~mocr tic ndministrations.
I hole. no brief for what is
being done u 1c: .- ti1• pre cnt Republican
admini t ton. :ut I have noted
from time vO t ~ 11· t \";h '1 the ques-tions
of the ll• .- nw ~011 uong held in
the Jud:c1n:y C' .1m~c e >l'. c bein~ discus:
oed. som . or G c it was always
brought Otll tlJ ... ''\\r li, it was worse
under pr v;m;. Jmu rations, but no
political .11' .:'t-!On \ · ., hcin1~ inferred."
As a 1 , cf fact It' mk that the
Judicin :·y Co ... 1 ttee 1.. doit:g the only
thin~ t r n .t L11> t:me in view of
the puhlil•tY v.. h 11 , ren created cov.:
J: ,,·hie, .. ems-and I use
•.. s" aonc;cdly-to have
CC'.-J ctio:1 .,,til the nomina-
' .. ne~ for Attorney General
Oi U.1: l St tes, a man \\'ho, by
the , .• ". __ , .n ·' ct. tl1c Attorney General
[It thif> L.C•tr~cn . even though he is only
nctm r • ut c ;acit.y. HmYc\·er. as actb;:
. Gc ;era!, he has: II the preile
rc Jonsibllities which
, exc l"'+-in~ confirmation
I thi, k t.h< ·, hen it comes to politics,
I h \'C le ll•'u .st bout as far backward.'::
i ia tlu::; < se :- .s 'ny n.~etnbcr on
eithe:· · e c, t e ai. le. I except no one.
I h2\ >! ',. In'=; for the facts to be
brm • , til so th: e''Jdcncc would be
DCf Jl'C I a.n able to make a
nt <~yself. a mny be a little
'• .or a m, n who is not a
n such a jucic-ment. Howl
1e to :en, because one is
t may be simpler also.
tilat ~s f:.n· as the hearIary
Committee nre con.
oulcl be continued, but
thnt on.y I 1 nate-and I emphasize
the \':ore! "leol.I•11ate"-witnesses should
be called in rel.•tion to the case as it affects
tile nomination of Mr . Richard
I thin:< that the American people clcm~.
nd that the lcr,n.imate witnc r.s be
heard. And I think that if they nrc not
heard, a cloud will be raised which will
cn,tinuc m·cr Mr. Kleindienst's head.
And may I recall to the Sen a tc that the~e
hearing-s were reopenccl at the cxprc:ss request
oi Mr. Kleindienst, wl1o said that
he wanted n ny cloml over his nominatioa
removed. And I paraphrase his exact
words a litllc freely but I believe, most
I do not want to sec a witch hunt. But
I do w:.nt to sec the truth brOU'1ht out.
And Mr. Kkineliemt himself, in askin~
thnt the case be reopened, wants the
tn•lh brought out. ll!orc questions are
being raised than answers are being
There nrc other matters afiecting this
which arc separate end apart from the
nomination of Mr. Kleindienst, and they
should be considered separate and apart.
The Foreign Relations Committee is
g-oing into the activities of ITI\lllinational
U.S. companies, many of them investing
abroad 8t the express request of this
Government. This is not something- which
was brought about because of ITT and
the Chilean revcla lions, or the alleged
one way Ol' the olllcr, hut before that i..
clone I want 1-o ~cc all the que: l.ir,n:, ra. eel
~ns11 creel ancl I want to sec all the lcr:itimate
witnesses callcn, in the morning and in
the afternoon, to bring this matter of
the nomination, which is on the Senate
Calendar, to a head so that on the basis of
a thorou~h investigation and a calling of
all the legitimate-and I emphasize the
v:ord ag~in "lcgilimatc"-witncsses the
Sennte can then be in a position to pa ·s
on the advice, counsel, or guidance of the
Committee on the Judiciary as to what
it should do in its wisdom in disposin~ of
The InQuiry-and J usc the word "inqiliry"
advisedly-into the multinational
corpor::ttions, has been discussed in the
Committee on Forei'1n Relations for at
least 6 months to my knowledge, but because
of certain allegations raised pub- Ag-nin, mny I say that I hope we do not
Jicly in a column, the matter has come to get involved in politics, what previous
a head. And the committee has arrreed Democratic administrations have done in
unanimously to continue an inquiry in comparison with what is beinr: done no·.,·.
depth. It will tal:e some time. because as a Democrat I am willm:; to
The committee has agreed nlso that admit \\' h:rYc marie our shcrc of mioit
will not issue reports, if my recollec- takes. nnd I•10rc-maybe in this particution
is concct, clurinc: the course of the Jar field. But going back into past his-hearings,
so that politics 1<;il! not be tory clor- so!l·e the problem which
helped in&ofar as what the committee is coniron oeL,y, and I hope some-cndeavormg
to do is concerned. thing- e v·iJ! be coming forth
I understand-and I have not seen the short!·; b l the stipulations I made,
stories as yet-that some new allega- based on t •rs to alle:::ations which
tions. some new relevant question:; were hat·e. been r .1d the hearing of all
raised in the Baltimore Sun and the San legitimate I' • • . As far as I am con-
Diego Union, I believe, in their issues of cernecl. once ' .en is renched. not in
today. a political co. but in a fair and
Every legitimate quest10n raised should open minded C' 1 t. then I am prebe
answered. Every legitimate witness pared to con,id 'I' :ing up the nominashould
be called. This matter has got to tion of Richard h,, nd>enst to be Attarbe
settled one way or the other. vVe have ney General.
l\1:.r. Kleindienst's nomination on the cal- Until that time occurs I am doing my
endnr. I am holding it here awaiting a best, my very best, to try to keep an open
judgment from the committee. I will seck mind until the evidence is in, all the
its advice and its counsel as to what it, questions pertinent to the nomination
thmks should be clone. But I cannot do\ raL;cd and answered, nnd all the Ie~iti- /
a thine; about it until and unless such male wilnesscs he,•rd.
counsel and/or advice is forthcoming. l :Mr. GRIFFIN. 1\Ir. p, "·ident. the dis::--'
There arc other matters. I UJ1L:crstand, tin<,:uishecl ma.iority le, clPr has reacted
apart from the Chilean allegation, ll'hich to a speech \,hi 1 · .c !:, s characterized
have come to light which mcy well be as political, 'nd I undcrotand that.
considered by the Committee on the Ju- I think. llov·eve:·. 1e tmuld be the
diciary, and if those aller:ations have any first to nd.ni th. t rc haYe been po-substance
they should be and must be ,ubject. they did
considered. the n. lc. There
But I , for one, dislil'e very much to y co:ning from
have the word politics involve' m a matter
which is of the highe. t . portance .
So may I say that I decry the ·ulitics involved.
I am interested in th truth and
the truth only. I lvoulcl th.in.c nil Senators
seek that objective. I nm interested in
bringing tl"Hise hearings to a conclusion
Dut I wnnt to , t· ti;e dis-tin~
uished mnjo: .: r 11 not h:m-sclf
addressed this , Jcct i,l .. pol!ticnl
way, and for that I .1 .. t to exp:·ess my
appreciation. IIc h.<:., snid before he
realizes many of the m.1tter• that h;t~·e
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