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Signed letter and document! During the height of McCarthyism, Truman reacts to the request of a Congressional Committee to have access to ?loyalty files?these people are on a fishing expedition and will use unsubstantiated ruin the individual??
"Comprises:(1) Typed Letter Signed ?H.S.T.? as President to his Secretary of the Treasury John W. Snyder, one page, 6.75? x 8.75?. The White House, Washington, July 20, 1951. In the form of a Memorandum. Paper clip mark at upper edge. Fine condition.In full, ?Memorandum for: The Secretary of the Treasury. From: The President. I have been looking over a memorandum which you sent me with regard to loyalty files of the International (sic, Internal) Revenue Department for the Congressional Committee investigating the Department. I wish you would give this matter considerable thought and then we will have a conversation about it. I am as sure as I am alive that these people are on a fishing expedition and that they will take occasion to use unsubstantiated charges which, no doubt, appear in these files to discredit not only the Department but to ruin the individual in whose file these things appear. I will be glad to talk with you about it.?(2) Typed Document Signed ?John W. Snyder? as Secretary of the Treasury? and ?Approved / July 30 1951 / Harry S Truman? as President, three pages, 8? x 10.5?, separate sheets. [Washington, D.C.], July 30, 1951. In the form of a Memorandum. Fine condition.In part, ?Reference is made to the memorandum from the Secretary of the Treasury for the President dated July 18, 1951, requesting permission for the Bureau of Internal Revenue to submit reports, files and other material to the Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee on Administration of the Internal Revenue Laws, in response to a request of that Subcommittee.?The request to the President for authority to the Secretary of the Treasury to submit such reports and other material was made pursuant to paragraph 2 of a memorandum, dated August 5, 1948, to the Secretary of the Treasury from Donald S. Dawson, Administrative Assistant, concerning employees in the Executive Branch, which in part states: ?2. No information of any sort relating to the employee?s loyalty, and no investigative data of any type, whether relating to loyalty or other aspects of the individual?s record, shall be included in the material submitted to a Congressional committee.?If there is doubt as to whether a certain document or group of documents should be supplied, the matter should be referred to the White House.? Authority is not requested to submit investigative data referring to loyalty of an employee in the Executive Branch. The Subcommittee requests access to such records in discharge of its responsibilities under House Resolution 78, 82nd Congress ... and also in discharge of its responsibilities under Section 136 of the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1946...?Secretary Snyder tells the President that the Subcommittee asserts ?that the discharge of its responsibilities is being seriously impeded and delayed because of the failure to have access to such information up to date? concerning ?the investigation of field offices in regard to inefficiency, laxness or other breakdown of administration or irregularities of employees ... all cases in which allegations have been made, from any source, of conduct by Bureau employees involving alleged solicitation or acceptance of bribes, improper influence or other similar venality or corruption...?The Subcommittee earnestly requests that so far as concerns the restrictions imposed by paragraph 2 of the memorandum from Mr. Dawson [see above], dated August 5, 1946, there be given a delegation of authority to the Secretary of the Treasury of discretion to comply with such further requests subject to the restriction stated in the memorandum of the Secretary of the Treasury for the President, dated July 18, 1951, as follows: Such submission will not include any material relating to loyalty cases or security risks. The Department will also reserve the right to decline to submit material where such submission would be prejudicial to the Government?s interest...?As stated in the memorandum for the President, dated July 18, 1951, the Department is desirous of cooperating as fully as possible with the Subcommittee, and request is made for permission to submit material of the nature above described to the Subcommittee in executive session.? At the conclusion of this memorandum, President Truman boldly approves Secretary Snyder?s request.On July 29, 1951, Chairman Cecil R. King (Democrat-California) announced that a House Ways and Means subcommittee would open an investigation into charges of corruption in the Bureau of Internal Revenue."
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