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Peiorence is made to office memcrandum of Assistant Director Thomas J. Kelley
On October 3, 1966 SAIC Gittens and SÅ Gonzalez proceeded to Barrio Cerro
On Octobor 4, Mrs. Powell failed to call this office. It was learned that her
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On the morning of October 5, 1966 a third trip was made to Cerro Gordo, where Hrs. Powell was interviewed in her home by SAIC Cittens and Sa Gonzalez. When advised of the nature of our business and show the photostatic copies of the checks in question, lirs. Powell said that the checks did not bear her genuine endorsement; that she had not authorized the endorsements; that to the best of her knowledge, she at no time had given her husband, Representative Adam Clayton Possell, expressed or implied authority to negotiate the checks.
Concerning the question of whether she had received funds and/or benefits from these checks, wrs, Powell said that she really did not know. She said that she has neither sean nor heard from her husband in more than a year; that the question of support is now being handled by her attorney, Ir. Gonzalo Diago Betancourt, First National City Bank Building, Suite 702, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico. She further explained that is. Diago is her cousin.
Mrs. Powell declined to make a decision one way or the other with regard to signing any papers (claim or release) in connection with these checks. She requested that she be given time to consider the matter and to discuss the situation with Mir. Diago. She also requested that all further discussion in this matter be held with her attorney.
On the same afternoon, Attorney Diago Betancourt was interviewed in his office.
On October 11, 1966 SAIC Gittens again interviewed ivir. Diago in his office, at
On October 12, úr. Diago still did not have the photostats available. He said.. that he and irs. Powell needed more time to study this matter, and that perhaps sometine in the future, they would decide on their course of action. He was told that any further inquiries concerning these checks should be made to the Check Claims Division of the U. S. Tpeasury Department.
On October 13, 1966 is. Diago returned the 19 photostats to this office.
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in vic:: oł the forocoins, this inquiry will be considered closed in San Juan ::ith the submission of this report.
(The above-referred to document was marked "Langston Exhibit 19” and received in evidence.)
Mr. TAYLER. At this time, Mr. Chairman
Mr. Hays. Just a minute. Are you entering that whole thing into the record or just those two paragraphs?
Mr. TAYLER. The report plus the transmittal letter is being offered.
Mr. Hays. Without objection. I just wanted to clear up what we were putting in here.
Mr. TAYLER. The whole exhibit is marked "No. 19," but it includes the report as well as the transmittal letter.
I would also offer at this time for admission in the record at the appropriate places Langston exhibits 7 through 18.
Mr. Hays. Without objection.
Mr. DICKINSON. I would like to ask one clarifying question of the witness, Mr. Chairman.
Mr. Langston, you related the conversation that you had with the Federal marshal in Puerto Rico as to his efforts in trying to locate and deliver a message to Mrs. Powell. Did he give a reason as to why he was unable to find her, whether or not she was at home or whether he felt she was dodging him or anything of that nature?
The WITNESS. He stated that he had been to her home on a number of occasions at odd hours, day and night, in an effort to locate her and the house appeared to be deserted and closed up.
He further stated that she appeared to be, and I quote, “hiding
Mr. DICKINSON. Did he say whether or not he had attempted to learn her whereabouts through her attorneys?
The WITNESS. No, sir; he did not state that.
As a result of my second conversation with the marshal, he gave me the information that he had made these repeated efforts to locate Mrs. Powell and he had been unable to do so. During that conversation I asked him to contact the attorneys for Mrs. Powell and ask them to respond to our message to them. We had not had a response
at that time. We were unable to reach them by telephone at that time. They also appeared to be hesitant about making contact because I talked to the receptionist or secretary in his office, in the attorney's office, and I asked for one and then the other.
After some pause she would come back and say he is not in, he will be back in an hour or so. I left word that they call this committee collect. We never got a telephone call direct from them, to my knowledge.
Mr. DICKINSON. Was this conversation relative to the lawyers and then your efforts to talk to the lawyers yourself by telephone in response to the first telegram that you received from them?
The WITNESS. Yes, the first telegram from them. Mr. DICKINSON. Did you in fact attempt throughout that day to contact them at the address they gave as to where they would be?
The WITNESS. I attempted on several occasions, and I believe Mr. Tayler made an effort also to contact them by telephone.
Mr. DICKINSON. Is it true you got through to their office and talked to some young lady in the office?
The WITNESS. Yes; I talked to someone in the office. It was a rather bad connection. The accents of the people in Puerto Rico, Spanish, were hard to understand and the operator was particularly hard to understand so I wound up talking through the operator direct to the person in the attorney's office.
Mr. DICKINSON. And learned they were not available and left word for them to return your call and they never attempted to return your call as far as you know?
The WITNESS. That is correct.
Mr. TAYLER. Mr. Chairman; for the record, Mr. Langston, would
By Mr. TAYLER:
À. On December 20. I placed a call for the marshal. He was not in. So I talked to the chief deputy marshal.
Q. His name?
A. M-a-r-t-i-n. On the second occasion I also placed a call for the marshal and he was not available, so I talked to the chief deputy on the second occasion, the same one, Diago Martin.
Q. So Mr. Martin was the only one you talked to in the marshal's office?
A. That is correct.
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C. WILLIAM TAYLER, having been duly sworn, was examined and testified as follows:
By Mr. O'Connor: Q. Will you state your full name and your position with the Special Subcommittee on Contracts.
A. C. William Tayler, counsel to the special subcommittee.
Q. You have just completed an interrogation of Mr. Julian Langston concerning the efforts to obtain the appearance of Mrs. Adam C. Powell before the special subcommittee. Have you had contacts with the U.S. attorney in Puerto Rico concerning Mrs. Powell?
Q. Would you relate to the committee how the contacts were made and the nature of the discussions that you have had with him.
A. First let me describe the background of my first phone call to the U.S. attorney for Puerto Rico, which was made on December 28, 1966. When I arrived in the committee offices on the morning of December 28, I was shown the cablegram from Mrs. Powell's attorneys which is Langston exhibit No. 13, which stated that they had no information about her scheduled appearance on the 29th other than what they had heard in the press, and they were asking for clarification. Since it was already late in the morning of the 28th and Mrs. Powell's reservations were for a plane leaving San Juan at 6:36 p.m. that day, San Juan time, I undertook to contact these attorneys by telephone in order to get the message through as quickly as possible. I instructed one of our secretaries to place the call and she advised me that she had reached the office of the attorneys for Mrs. Powell and had been informed by a girl on the other end of the line in that office that they were at lunch and would be back at 1:15 p.m., Washington time, and she would have them return my call.
My secretary identified me as counsel for the House Administration Committee when she left the message. One fifteen came and went and the call was not returned.
At 1:45 I again attempted to reach her attorneys and according to the information given us by a secretary in their office they were not in and they would be back in an hour. At this point I undertook to instruct Mr. Langston to phone the U.S. marshal and have him find the attorneys. The instruction was to find the attorneys and tell them that Mrs. Powell was to be before the subcommittee on the next day and she was to take the 6:35 p.m. Eastern Airlines flight out of San Juan.
I then phoned the U.S. attorney for Puerto Rico, Mr. Francisco Gil, Jr., and advised him of our situation, that we were trying to reach Mrs, Powell's attorneys to get her on the plane that evening. I asked him to contact the attorneys as quickly as possible and tell them that she was expected here before the subcommittee on the following morning.
I did not hear from Mr. Gil until the morning of the 29th, early in the morning, when he called me and reported a conversation he had had on the preceding evening with one of the two attorneys, Reinaldo Paniagua Diez. He said Mr. Paniagua Diez had informed him that Mrs. Powell had no notification of a scheduled appearance on the 29th other than what the newspapers had reported and the information