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Approved For Release 2011/08/05: CIA-RDP09T00207RO01000030040-8 CHICAGO, ILLINOIS SUN -TIMES 5 j 7,7 - 554,334 S - 667,850 By Loye Miller Jr. Sun-Times Bureau Chief WASHINGTON -White House press secre- tary Jody Powell said Friday he could neither . w ge at confi m nor deny that President Carter holds the White- House had been consulted in the the key to prosecution of former CIA Dig ctor investigation. Lipshutz? said that his office, Richard M. Helms on perjury c urges. , was-weighing. Justice Department requests to Powell called-a special briefing to comment." -clear classified documents for the probe be- - or announce he could not comment - after" --cause that decision would ultimately lie with being questioned at his regular briefing about ,Carter a story in Friday's Sun-Tunes: Lipshutz-thus-'made it clear that the White' The Sun-Times story said that Robert Lip House stood squarely astride the case- by con shutz, counsel to the-President, had disclosed. . ling the information soubht by the prose- that Carter was faced with a decision on cution. whether to allow federal prosecutors to re- Powell did deny rumors that the White' grand jury investigation of alleged perjury by Helms, who headed the Central Intelligence Agency from 1966 to 1973 According-to other. sources-close to the In- vestigation, an Indictment of Helms for al- legedly lying to two Senate tommittees about.-? by *considered :.without the '. introduction of Lipshutz denied Thursday that the Justice Department had asked Carter's permission to. Proceed with an indictment against Helms. But in issuing the denial, Llpshutz did, apparently inadvertently, ackno led th But at that point, he said he could not com- meat further on any reports that requests for sensitive information had been received from ",the Justice Department.-- As a matter of procedure, with reference ceive from. the Justice: Department time to -_ ""Caw W uculdSSSIIy mrormatton,: now-secret government files to show what ' w`Powell-said: As _matter of policy, the White covert U.S. operations actually took place in Chile. - I House will never publicly admit it has- re-'--. A "" c ceived su h requests Polld ,we sai :Asked what the -policy would be-- toward". granting -such"requests, Powell. said that in'. some cases "there are facts that; due to,, the security of this country ought to be kept sec- ret."' But he ;refused to say. he e1. sdi tun!- aDa wlt+l~ ee A Other- sources indicated that the prose cutorshave now received the evidence they' sought` from State Department or.-CIA files! :but are prevented from proceeding because the secret documents cannot be shown to the - grand juzpunless .fhey are declassified. % This would tend to confirm Lipshutz' cote- meets, for the decision whether-to declassify i.j w{ u,ld ,be made by the President .aft{ee,con as *eoeftied Approved For Release 2011/08/05: CIA-RDP09T00207RO01000030040-8