Washington, D. C. (Dec. 27)
(Jewish Daily Bulletin)
No investigation of Henry Ford’s charges against the Jews will be made by Congress if Representative Bert Snell, chairman of the House Rules Committee, before which Congressman Sol Bloom’s resolution to investigate the charges is pending has his way, according to a statement made to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency correspondent. No action has yet been taken by the Committee, and Representative Snell declined to say whether action will or will not be taken. It is a known fact, however, that in most instances the views of the Chairman of the Rules Committee prevail, so that there is little if any chance of favorable action by the Rules Committee.
“I don’t think anyone has taken Henry Ford’s charges seriously,” declared Mr. Snell. “These charges are a joke. Everyone is familiar with the personnel of the Federal Reserve Board and no one could take seriously the charge that the ‘International Jew’ (whatever that term may mean), is in control of the Federal Reserve Board or America’s financial system. On the face of it, these charges are preposterous. Congress should not lower its dignity by even taking the slightest notice of these charges.”
Irrespective of Mr. Snell’s statement, Congressman Bloom stated he will not cease his efforts for an official investigation of Ford’s charges.
Today Congressman Bloom made public a letter which he sent to Henry Ford, putting the matter directly up to him to prove the one charge that the United States Federal Reserve System is under “direct international control” Congressman Bloom callenges Ford to lay proof of his accusations “before the Congress, the country and the American people.”
Congressman Bloom’s letter to Ford read:
“I am enclosing to you herewith a copy of my resolution, pending in the House of Representatives, calling for an investigation, by a select committee of seven, of your charge that the United States Federal Reserve system is under direct international control.
“I enclose also a copy of a letter sent by me to Representative Snell. As yet I have received no intimation from Mr. Snell concerning the House Rules Committee’s attitude. Although you must have learned through the press of my move for a complete investigation of your charge, I have received no information from yourself as to your inclination for or against a thorough proving of the influence back of the Federal Reserve Board’s policies.
“It seems to me, therefore, that a request addressed directly to yourself may serve to expedite an investigation which certainly is imperatively needed, if the Federal Reserve system is under such control as you assert.
“If it is proved that our financial system is internationally controlled, I shall resent it as deeply as yourself. Our government’s finances should be entirely free from any vestige of alien domination, regardless of individualities, of race, country, creed, group or any other affiliations.
“International control obviously does mean, at least in part, alien control, inasmuch as internationalism cannot possibly be all-American. Every American will agree that there should not be the slightest suspicion of any but all-American influences in control, or even partial control, of the Federal Reserve system. I, as an American, concur heartily in this sentiment.
“Yet you have stated it as a fact that the Federal Reserve system is internationally controlled. If such control exists, it calls urgently for congressional action. The Congress created the Federal Reserve system and is the only body which can officially investigate it. But the Congress must have proof. An accusation is not proof. I by no means disregard your indictment. But the proof? Is it too much to ask you, as a good citizen, to bring it into court?– to lay it before Congress, the people?
“You say, in the ‘Dearborn Independent,’ that you are willing to put others in the way of obtaining the same evidence on which you base your conclusions. But why not reveal the evidence itself? Why not permit an official investigation to begin in the light of such information as you possess now? If you have these facts, you owe it to your reputation as ‘Chronicler of the Neglected Truth’ to present them before the Congress. If, on mature consideration, you feel that you have charged more than you can substantiate, it is again the part of the ‘Chronicler of the Neglected Truth’ to admit it.
“Should you, for some reason, prefer not to appear before the Rules Committee, I ask you, before what congressional committee would you be willing to appear? Or before what body? In short, what method, of your own choosing, would be satisfactory to you as a means of placing, not a charge, but proofs of the international control of the Federal Reserve system before the Congress–the country–the American people?
“You are a man of far too much consequence in this country, Mr. Ford, and you speak with a voice of too much authority to make such a charge without producing a deep impression. You have lodged in many minds a suspicion, or certainty, which will do great harm if your charge remains no more than a charge, neither disproved nor substantiated.”