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The WITNESS. I am not sure. I am not testifying as to Congressman Hawkins.
Mr. Hays. I understand.
The WITNESS. I don't know when he came back. I believe I came back before he did. It was not necessary for me to report to him when I came back. I thought when I had finished what I was doing I could come back. I came back.
By Mr. TAYLER: Q. May all three portions of the ticket be marked "Clark No. 2"?
(The above-referred-to document was marked "Clark Exhibit No. 2.”)
Mr. DICKINSON. Did I understand you to say you were there from the 16th to the 20th and did not leave during that time?
The WITNESS. Did not leave?
The WITNESS. I was in California as stated here the full time that the voucher shows. That is what I am subscribing to.
Mr. DICKINSON. You were in Los Angeles and that area during that time and did not leave?
The WITNESS. The full time that the voucher subscribes to. That is exactly what I am saying.
Mr. DICKINSON. And did not leave. That is the point.
The WITNESS. I would not say I did not leave because I was traveling around in California.
Mr. DICKINSON. In the State, I mean.
By Mr. O'CONNOR: Q. You know Miss Swann and Miss Lewis, who are on the committee?
A. Yes, sir.
Q. They were in Miami and traveled the same date as those tickets, those particular tickets.
A. They were?
Q. If you had been on the plane you would have known whether or not they were with you, would you not?
A. You mean to California?
A. My voucher calls for me to be in Los Angeles. This is the only thing I am testifying to.
Mr. Hays. Mr. Clark, would you be willing to say you were not in Miami on any of those 5 days?
The WITNESS. Mr. Congressman, I am willing to say everything positive and nothing negative.
By Mr. TAYLER:
Mr. Hays. I will put it another way. Were you in Miami at any time during these 5 days?
The WITNESS. I think you asked me before if I was in Los Angeles. I told you I was in Los Angeles.
Mr. Hays. All that time so you could not possibly have been in Miami?
The WITNESS. Your interpretation, being a Congressman, is much better than mine.
Mr. HAYS. Mr. Clark, I think the record should show we are trying to help you.
The WITNESS. I am so grateful for the help you are giving.
Mr. TAYLER. I think the record is clear where he was now, Mr. Chairman.
Mr. Hays. I believe we have airline tickets showing that you did go to Los Angeles on the day you said and return on the day you said. We checked that. Therefore your veracity on that is not in question in any way, shape, or form.
The WITNESS. I was concerned with my fellow bald-headed gentleman that he was questioning my honesty. That kind of riled me a bit. I don't want anyone to question me that way.
Mr. TAYLER. I expect you to answer questions put to you by counsel and committee members. That is all. I make no imputation on your veracity or character.
The WITNESS. But in the words of Mr. Hays this morning
Mr. TAYLER. I would like him to restrict himself to answering the questions.
The WITNESS. I appreciate the words of Mr. Hays very much, no one would impugn anyone's motives. When you question me as to whether I have used it for my personal benefit, and you asked me two or three times, this to me was that you had some doubt in your
mind as to my honesty. I don't play second fiddle to anyone as far as honesty is concerned, sir.
Mr. TAYLER. What is in my mind is beside the point. We are after the facts.
By Mr. TAYLER: Q. Sir, I will show you an Eastern Airlines transportation receipt dated March 28, 1965, indicating it was bought in flight on that date on the New York-Washington shuttle, and it bears what purports to be your signature in the upper right-hand corner. I ask you if you made that trip on that date?
A. It has three names, my name and another name.
Q. Would it refresh your recollection if I told you that the audit indicates that on the same flight on that day the records show a Miss Aurora Harris on the flight and a Don Anderson on the flight, and a Lillian Upshur on the flight? Were you on that flight with those people on that day? Do you recall?
A. This is 1965?
By Mr. O'CONNOR:
A. I don't remember because over the years I have made trips with Miss Upshur.
Q. During the last 2 years?
A. I don't really know how many times that I have made trips. There weren't many.
Q. Have you ever made a trip with Mr. Anderson to New York?
A. Sir, I believe in one of the instances, possibly in the plumbers' strike, Mr. Anderson as an attorney may have gone with us. This is not exactly certain.
Q. When was the plumbers' strike?
A. The reason I say no is because I just know that Miss Dargans is not the easiest person in the world not to see.
Q. Then if you had made a flight with Miss Dargans on that date you would have recalled it, would you not?
A. As I say, I don't remember having made any flight with Miss Dargans.
Q. If I told you that the committee has testimony that a ticket in Miss Dargans' name was on that same date as yours you certainly would have recalled being with her, would you not?
A. I don't know of her testimony you have. What I am saying in connection with the question that you ask me, which is whether I went on a flight with Miss Dargans, I say I don't remember going on any flight with Miss Dargans. This is the answer.
Q. So if you are alleged to have been on a plane with Miss Dargans on March 28, 1965, you would say somebody is in error?
A. I wouldn't say somebody was in error. I would say to them I don't remember going on any flight with Miss Dargans.
By Mr. TAYLER: Q. I thought you said you would remember if you had taken a flight.
A. I say I don't remember having gone on any flight with Miss Dargans.
Q. To the best of your knowledge you were not on a flight with Miss Dargans on that day or any other day. Is that right?
A. I don't remember ever having gone on a flight with Miss Dargans.
Q. Is that the best knowledge you have?
Mr. Hays. Do you know whether or not Miss Dargans ever traveled by air?
The WITNESS. I have no knowledge of that.
Mr. TAYLER. May I ask that ticket be marked "Clark's Exhibit No. 3"?
(The above referred to document was marked "Clark's Exhibit No. 3.")
By Mr. O'CONNOR:
Q. So if travel vouchers and tickets showed you on the same plane with Miss Huff you would say it would not be you that was traveling with her?
A. I don't remember having been on the plane with Miss Huff.
Q. Certainly if she was on the same plane with you, you would cecall that?
A. It's possible.
Mr. Hays. Mr. Clark, if it showed you were on the same plane with her numerous times you would remember that, would you not?
The WITNESS. This is possible.
Mr. Hays. Do you recall being on a plane with her numerous times going to New York?
The WITNESS. Not numerous times; no.
The WITNESS. I wouldn't say ever. I don't remember going numerous times.
Mr. Hays. Several more than once?
The WITNESS. I say more than once. It could be possible. I don't remember numerous times, as you have stated it.
Mr. Hays. Would you go into the other room until we have a short conference here, Mr. Clark? Then Mr. Langston will call you back.
The WITNESS. All right.
The committee has leaned over backward to accommodate you. We have had Mr. Sumner Stone and Mrs. Dargans here. They were very candid and very cooperative.
It appears to the entire committee unanimously that you have been less than cooperative, that you have been evasive for what purpose, I do not know.