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    Gerald Ford Typed Letter Signed as President. Three pages, 7" x 10.5", on green paper with "The White House" letterhead below an embossed Seal of the President of the United States, Washington, October 31, 1975, to Senator Frank Church on the topic of political assassinations. The president writes in part:

    "I am writing to urge the Select Committee not to make public the report on the subject of assassinations which I understand is currently in preparation.

    "It is my opinion that public disclosure now of information I provided to the Senate Select Committee concerning allegations of political assassination activities of the United States Government will result in serious harm to the national interest and may endanger individuals.

    "As I stated publicly when the allegations were published, the very idea that any person or organization within the United States Government could consider assassination as an acceptable act is abhorrent. I know you share this view and a determination to make certain that such deeds will not take place in the future."

    Further down, the president again voices his concern. He says:

    "Public release of these official materials and information will do grievous damage to our country. It would likely be exploited by foreign nations and groups hostile to the United States in a manner designed to do maximum damage to the reputation and foreign policy of the United States. It would seriously impair our ability to exercise a positive leading role in world affairs."

    Also included is the reply letter by Senator Church dated November 4, 1975, in which he states: "Yesterday afternoon the Committee, after unanimously approving the report itself, discussed your letter. The Committee respectfully disagreed with your suggestion that the report must be suppressed..."

    Senator Church was Chairman of the Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations with Respect to Intelligence Activities. The Ford letter is marred only by small staple holes in the top left corner. Otherwise, both letters are in very fine condition.


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