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Procedures for Handling Impeachment Inquiry
1. The chairman, the ranking minority member, the special counsel, and the counsel to the minority shall at all times have access to and be responsible for all papers and things received from any source by subpena or otherwise. Other members of the committee shall have access in accordance with the procedures hereafter set forth.
2. At the commencement of any presentation at which testimony will be heard or papers and things considered, each committee meniber will be furnished with a list of all papers and things that have been obtained by the committee by subpena or otherwise. No member shall make the list or any part thereof public unless authorized by a majority vote of the committee, a quorum being present.
3. The special counsel and the counsel to the minority, after discussion with the chairman and the ranking minority member, shall initially recommend to the committee the testimony, papers, and things to be presented to the committee. The determination as to whether such testimony, papers, and things shall be presented in open or executive session shall be made pursuant to the rules of the House.
4. Before the committee is called upon to make any disposition with respect to the testimony or papers and things presented to it, the committee members shall have a reasonable opportunity to examine all testimony, papers, and things that have been obtained by the inquiry staff. No member shall make any of that testimony or those papers or things public unless authorized by a majority vote of the committee, a quorum being present.
5. All examination of papers and things other than in a presentation shall be made in a secure area designated for that purpose. Copying, duplicating, or removal is prohibited.
6. Any committee member may bring additional testimony, papers, or things to the committee's attention.
7. Only testimony, papers, or things that are included in the record will be reported to the House; all other testimony, papers, or things will be considered as executive session material.
Rules for the Impeachment Inquiry Staff 1. The staff of the impeachment inquiry shall not discuss with anyone outside the staff either the substance or procedure of their work or that of the committee.
2. Staff offices on the second floor of the Congressional Annex shall operate under strict security precautions. One guard shall be on duty at all times by the elevator to control entry. All persons entering the floor shall identify themselves. An additional guard shall be posted at night for surveillance of the secure area where sensitive documents are kept.
3. Sensitive documents and other things shall be segregated in a secure storage area. They may be examined only at supervised reading facilities within the secure area. Copying or duplicating of such documents and other things is prohibited.
4. Access to classified information supplied to the committee shall be limited by the special counsel and the counsel to the minority to those staff members with appropriate security clearances and a need to know.
5. Testimony taken or papers and things received by the staff shall not be disclosed or made public by the staff unless authorized by a majority of the committee.
6. Executive session transcripts and records shall be available to ciesignated committee staff for inspection in person but may not be released or disclosed to any other person without the consent of a majority of the committee.
I. PURPOSE OF REPORT
The Judiciary Committee met with Special Counsel John Doar and Minority Counsel Albert Jenner on January 29 and 31, 1974, to discuss the status of the impeachment inquiry. The chairman instructed the impeachment inquiry staff to deliver a status report on the factual investigation (but not the facts discovered) as of March 1, 1974.
As outlined in the report of the staff dated February 5, 1974, the investigation has been organized into six areas of inquiry. Within each area, further categorization by subject has been undertaken. The work on each subject has focused primarily on an identification and analysis of pertinent testimony and materials from other investigations.
In each subject area, individual staff members have been preparing working papers bringing together the materials from the other investigations and additional sources-designed to guide the future course of this inquiry.
The reports do not contain any conclusions. Similarly, nothing in this report summarizing the investigation to date should be construed to reflect conclusions or judgments by the staff concerning the relative gravity of any allegations being investigated, the credibility of any evidence available to the staff, or the existence of any wrongdoing.
These reports are now being carefully reviewed by senior staff members for the purpose of identifying what factual areas to concentrate on and what additional facts need to be gathered.
The staff is also engaged in preparing a number of legal memoranda for the benefit of the committee.
II. Status OF THE INQUIRY IN SPECIFIC FACTUAL AREAS
A. ALLEGATIONS CONCERNING DOMESTIC SURVEILLANCE ACTIVITIES
CONDUCTED BY OR AT THE DIRECTION OF THE WHITE HOUSE
(1) The activities of John Caulfield and Anthony Ulasewicz in carrying out surveillance and intelligence activities allegedly at the direction of the White House, including the formation of the plan for the fire bombing of the Brookings Institution and the plan to create a private corporation with security and intelligence gathering capabilitions called Operation Sandwedge. Not included in this category are the allegations concerning the use of Mr. Ulasewicz as a conduit for payments to the Watergate defendants. (See C (4) p. 4.)
(2) Formation and activities of the Special Investigative Unit (the "Plumbers”), including the burglary of the office of Dr. Lewis Fielding.
(3) The 17 wiretaps instituted in 1969, the wiretaps of various newsmen and the wiretaps alleged to have been conducted by G.