Cash transactions between Gerald P. MacGuire and Robert Sterling Clark and Clark’s attorney, Albert Christmas, were the subject of scrutiny by the Congressional committee to investigate un-American activities in its executive hearing at the Bar Association Building Friday.
In addition to MacGuire, whom Gen. Smedley D. Butler named as an agent for important financial interests ostensibly prepared to spend $3,000,000 to establish a dictatorship in the United States, Representatives John W. McCormack and Samuel Dickstein of the committee also examined a clerk for the Central Hanover Bank and Trust Company.
Afterwards they announced that their eagerness to question Clark, multi-millionaire broker, and Christmas, his attorney, both now abroad, is stronger than ever.
Dickstein promised that the committee would give the press a written statement over the week-end regarding the fruits of its labors this week, which have produced what many regard as the most important disclosures yet unearthed by the inquiry.
MacGuire, who appeared at Friday’s hearing with Norman L. Marks, his attorney and an active American Legion worker, attempted to discredit part of Butler’s testimony when he declared he and the General were 1,000 miles apart on the day in September of last year when the former Marine head said he had been approached by the bond salesman with an offer to act as the “man on the white horse” and lead an army of 500,000 men into Washington.
Marks, commenting on newspaper accounts in which Dickstein was quoted as having characterized MacGuire as the “cashier” of the purported plot and as having said the broker’s employe had handled over $18,000, said:
“If I am convinced Dickstein is giving out these stories I will disclose what happened and show that the entire story was a fabrication.”
With executive hearings here ended for the time being, the committee is not expected to resume activity until the middle of next month, when McCormack plans to hold open sessions in Washington.