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Page Two THE MICHIGAN DAILY Wednesday, May 25, 1977
Nixon to talk about Agnew

Nixon says that when he learn-
ed in 1973 about the investiga-
tions involving Spiro T. Agnew,
"there wasn't any question . . .
that he was, frankly, going to
get it.'
In an interview to be shown
on television tonight, Nixon dis-
cusses for the first time what
happened inside the White
House in the weeks preceding
the Oct. 10, 1973 resignation of
Agnew. He describes his handl-
ing of the matter as "prag-
NIXON ALSO talks ahout sug-
gestions that he pardon him-
self; his final days in office;
his thoughts as he left the
White House for the last time as
president; his offer of legal fees
to former aides H. R. Halde-
man and John Ehrlichman and
why he didn't pardon them.
He also tells why he accept-
ed the pardon issued by his suc-
cessor, Gerald Ford, one month
after Nixon left office, and his
thoughts about the press.
Despite his own Watergate
problems, then bad and getting
worse, Nixon said he treated
Agnew's troubles as political,

rather than putting himself in
a position of judge.
THE FORMER president said
he called Agnew into his office
on Sept. 25, 1973, and asked
point blank whether the vice
president was maintaining his
innocence. Agnew, according to
Nixon, said he was.
But Henry Petersen, head of
the Justice Department's cri-
minal division, told him the
case against Agnew was strong,
Nixon said. The department had
made a 40-page statement de-
tailing kickback payments from
engineering firms to Agnew.
'The vice president later was
allowed to plead no contest to
a single charge of tax evasion
and placed on three years pro-
"I was very pragmatic,"
Nixon said of the conflict be-
tween what he was told by Ag-
new and by Petersen. "In my
view, it didn'threally make any
difference. There wasn't any
question after hearing Peter-
sen and his version that he
(Agnew) was frankly going to
get it."
HE SAID Agnew told him he

preferred to undergo impeac
ment rather than indictme
and trial. At the time, Agne
was saying the same thing pu
licly. He swore, in a speech
few days before his resignatio
to fight the allegations again
The interview with Dav
Frost is the fourth and lastw
the current series. Frost tape
29 hours with Nixon and the
contract giving Nixon $600,0
plus a share of the profits a
lows one more one-hour shoe
probably to be televised in tI
Frost opens the program c
ing American efforts in 19701
prevent Marxist Salvador A
lende from coming to poweri
Chile. Frost asks what kindi
threat Nixon perceived there.
ing from an unnamed Italia
businessman that with a Cor
munist government in Cuba at
a Marxist at the top in Chit
"what you will, in effect, hav
in Latin America is a red san
wich and eventually it will b
all red."
Thefaormer presidenthal
talks about the legal fees he o:


h- fered Haldeman and Ehrlich- but testimony quoted Nixon as
nt man when he asked for their saying they were held by his
w resignation in late April 1973. friend, Charles "Bebe" Rebozo,
b- At the Watergate cover-up to "be sure that people,.
a trial, the two men testified who have contributed money
n, Nixon said he could make $200,- over the contributing years are
st 000 to $300,000 available for favored."
legal and family expenses and Ehrlichman and Haldeman
id that it was "no strain . . . the testified they refused the offer.
of money doesn't come outta me." Just before Nixon stepped
ed THE SOURCE of the funds down, both men made unsuc-
ir was not disclosed at the time, cessful bids for pardons.
heN.Y. u eostridkers
k from unemployment relief
NEW YORK (AP) - A federal judge ruled yesterday that
it is unconstitutional for striking workers to collect unemploy-
n- ment pay.
m U.S. District Court Judge Richard Owen ruled on a suit brought
n- by New York Telephone and other utility companies complaining
id that the state law authorizing such payments unfairly compelled
ve employers to finance their own striking employes.
d- "The New York labor law, to the extent it provides for the
be payment of unemployment compensation to strikers, is strike in-
tervention on behalf *of the strikers, causes an employer to fi-
so nance its own strikers, is in conflict with federal labor law policy,
and is therefore unconstitutional and void under the supremacy
clause of the United States Constitution," Owen ruled in a 37-page
THE SUIT, FILED IN 1973, stemmed from a strike two years
earlier against the Bell System.
It complained that the employers had to pay the state's Com-
pensation Fund $40 million for $49 million of benefits given to
the strikers before the labor dispute ended.
In New York, the walkout lasted seven months, and 38,000
strikers each became eligible for unemployment compensation
of up to $95 a week, tax free, after eight weeks.
IT WAS NOT IMMEDIATELY KNOWN how the ruling would
affect other states.
Owen said he believed that unemployment compensation had
an impact on strikes.
"Free collective bargaining is premised on the concept of
government noninterference and neutrality," he said. "The right
to collective bargaining clearly contemplates economic warfare
and does not entail any right to insist on one position free from
economic disadvantage."
The striking members of the Local 1103 of the Communica-
tions Workers of America received an average of $75 weekly,
Owen noted, observing that the union said afterward it "didn't
know where we would be right now" without unemployment
A spokesman for the telephone company commented, "By
i declaring unconstitutional the payment of unemployment insur-
ance benefits by employers to striking employes, federal Judge
Richard Owen has restored an equilibrium to collective bargain-
ing. That is why we brought the case...".
FBI agent who led
Hearst hunt retires

Gene Littler
It's possible to go into an annual checkup feeling terrific.
And come out knowing something's wrong. It happened to
me. The doctor found what I couldn't even feel ...a little
lump under my arm. If I had put off the appointment for
one reason or another, I probably wouldn't be here today.
Because that little lump I couldn't feel was a melanoma, a
highly aggressive form of cancer that spreads very quickly.
It's curable--but only if found in time.
So when I tell you, "Get a checkup," you know it's from
my heart. It can save your life. I know. It saved mine.
Have aegularcheckup.
It can save your
American Cancer Soce..
. I*%SPAF C Tst 'j&# 5 > le P A p{o c. U Pwalef--

Charles Bates, the FBI agent
who led the 19-month search for
Patricia Hearst, announced his
retirement yesterday and said
he was joining a security firm
that once guarded the 'famous
Bates, 57, said his decision to
leave the FBI on June 17 was
not due to a recent heart at-
tack. He was hospitalized for a
month after being stricken in
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his office on Feb. 4, and re-
turned to work on May 2.
THE VETERAN agent said
he had accepted a corporate
position with Burns Internation-
al Security Service and would
work out of its Pacific region
headquarters in Oakland.
Burns security guards were
hired to protect Miss Hearst
after she was freed on $1.25
million bail last November.
Burns' senior vice president
George King said yesterday
that the firm was replaced by
a Boston security agency sev-
eral weeks later.
"To leave the FBI after 35%
years was the most difficult
decision of many that I have
made in that time," Boles told
a news conference.
"MY CAREER has been filled
with many gratifying accom-
plishments. I have had oppor-
tunities few in the FBI ever
had . . . Being in the FBI is
not a job, it's a way of life and
I am proud of my part in it."

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