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Thursday, May 26, 197


Hoge Nine

Thursday, May 26, 1977 THE MICHIGAN DAILY s-'age Nine

(Continued from Page 1)
Continued from Page 8) "For them to . . . take me
on is one thing," Nixon said.
"For them to take her on, in
PERS AL my view, that's below the belt."
STEVEN H.KLEIN has found his But the former president did
a Seinr Pod far the sttmmoer. ALLa confirm one account in the
ortinsf or the tnumbee d27 book - that the night before
Nixon announced his resigna-
who's there? Sensuous. @ F526 tion, he and Secretary of State
- - Henry Kissinger cried and knelt
Iknew you could do it, Now that in silent prayer.
have a teal job doet get too
d fly mer A big fat Abbu Dabu "NOW, HENRY, I know you
Lant dF520 ai'd I are both alike in one
_ S -way," Nixon recalled saying.
tAvo SUMMERth.Fo ALEeen boahteoe "We don't wear our religion on
,ttoatta o tt Antdreystoht tn our sleeve. I'm a Quaker and
62-4401 anytime. eFtc vou're a Jew and neither of us
- is very orthodox, but I think
I a ttnow if your psycht powers both of its probably have a
e related to your amnesia butt they deeer religious sensitivity than
e rmazing! By the way, how is e
(h> OS0 isome of those that are so loud-
RIHSAD dSF520 ly proclaiming it all the time."
cOptES-As low as 2"ae. IMPRESS Nixon said he-telephoned Kis-
;sti the Cheapest !) 524 E. william singer later to ask: "Why don't
665-4321., et we just keep that incident to
SIENVS~CLINCH-Come for m ourselves?" Nixon said he ha,
on3ng. Breakfast all day, great made that suggestion because
toups and egg rotts. 3 egg omelets
t hfresh vegetables and fresh he felt Kissinger might have
ttea sprouts served at day, Sundays been embarrassed by the inci-
10 8. 1313 South University, cFtc dent.
XEROX AND OFFSET Nixon also spoke about his
fast, tow est dpticatng pardon.
COPY QUICK The acceptance of his own"
2;, Utniversity 769-0560 pardon from successor Gerald
cFte Ford, in September 1974 when
r 0 E EDUCATIONAL, Vocatona, Nixon had been out of office
a Personal counseling. Mondays exactly one month, "was a ter-
Wednesdays, 1-5 p.m. University rible difficult decision for me,
t Counsetng Laboratory.
0 thtrough Jme 13. Phone 764- almost as difficult as resign-
70.3-475 tar an appointment. ing," Nixon said.
o B e a a v i o r Modiiat onany discussions on the subject
of pardon . before you left'
HURG0, HONEY office?"
. toidt't send 'ot 31thepape "Absolutel not, no, no,"
{belvt'or0no t) tyttr zip
ttt,, tr the nte. tntva, ssaid Nixon. "President Ford
rE THE KID" dF520 has 'answered thatt unestion un-
CAROL AND PHYLLIS F der oath and I consider that
LOVE YOU BOTH, MADLY. I'm responding here, it effect,
33TEttUS. tO tiatnder oath. There were no
FINS1DS LAKE COMMUNITY 80- ch discssions."
i nI r-rve near Chelsea- Nixon said he hesitated when
33 to', siling, canoeing, pit- his lawyer, Herbert Miller,
'~30t3.Al-year aembe-
kI3 rtadttlt.nChgl tr roee brought Ford's pardon offer to
3I30 from Bloods, 2005 Penn- San Cmente, "because when
,nn Arbor 48103. 43F611 you receive a pardon, you have
f3 t.ceat to sign a piece of paper that
Im 3etch on weekends, reason- says, 'I accept the pardon."'
S C 1 792720. .59F524
IE SAID he told Miller:
DI1SS ERTAT ION d aotk, if I accept the par-
Idon, Im in effect admitting
gtitt thnt t evoded my income
SPECIAL taxes; that I raised the price of
milk because of contributors
LOW EST PR ICE froom the milk producers; that
I sold ambassadorships; that I
I N TOW N FOR took campaigno contributions
COLLATED COPI ES toy homes; that I engaged in
RAC QUALITY the illegal activities including
CKHAM QUA T everything from obstruction of
GUARANTEED justice to abuse of agencies, to
COPY IC < wiretapping..
CuPY yU CK The lawyer, Nixon said, pro-
tested that acceptance of a par-
27s. University, 769-0560 don is not an admission of guilt.
3 330H 00. "THAT'S legalisic, pettifog-
it3s you who tt patting those ging" Nixon told Frost. "Most
11hen messa es in my file Are you

wanted to face trial

people, including even Presi-
dent Ford, considered that the
pardon was in effect an admis-
sion of guilt."
It meant, Nixon said, "that
I would not go to trial on the
charges, I would not have a
chance to state my side . . . I
said, I'd just as soon go through
the agony of a trial so that we
can scrape away at- least all
the false charges and fight it
out on those in which there may
be a doubt and then I'll take
whatever the consequences.
Nixon said Miller told him
that he "had thought it through;
in his legal opinion, there was
no chance whatever I could get
a fair trial."
SPECIAL Watergate Prosecu-
tor Leon Jaworski came to the
same conclusion and Ford cit-
ed Jaworski's opinion as a ma-
jor reason fo-granting the par-
Nixon recalled: "Fair trial or
no fair trial, here I sat. I sat
for an hour in the chair by my-
self; I asked Miller to leave
the room; and, here in my of-
fice in San Clemente, I called
him back in and saild 'Well,I
will sign it.'
NIXON SAID subsequent
9vents were as he expected.
"It exacerbated the issue," he
said of the pardon. "It was em-'
barrassing to Ford. It cost him
a great deal." When he called
Ford to apologize, Nixon said,
Ford told him: "I don't give a
damn about the criticism; I did
it because it was right."
The former president said he
had offered funds - from cam-
paign contributions held by his
friend Charles "Bebe" Rebozo
or from his own savings -dto
his resigned aides HI. R. Halde-
man and John Ehrlichman for
their legal defense.
IHaldeman and Ehrlichman,
whose legal expenses eventual-
ly rani to about $500,000 each,
refused the offer.
NIXON ALSO said he had in-
tended to pardon them "if they
got a bad rap."
But, Nixon said, despite his
"deep personal feeling" for
the two "if my last act was to
pardon everybody who was in
Watergate, that would inflame
the situation and also would
obviously look like the ultimate
cover-up." 0
Therefore, Nixon said, "I did
not consider it."
ever consider pardoning your-
self hefore you resigned?"
Nixon replied that the stig-
gestion was made and that he
Pitcher Night
si- C"u"-" A'ass

had brushed it aside.
Unlike Haldeman and Fhr-
lichman who asked for pardon
in Nixon's last hours as presi-
dent, Agnew "never raised any
question about clemency or'
pressure," Nixon said.
IE CALLED the former vice
president, who resigned rather
than face prosecution in a
Maryland kickback scandal,
the victim of a double stand-
ard. f .
"Because he was conserva-
tive, because he was one who
took on the press, he got a lot
rougher treatment than would
have been the case had he been
one of the liberals' pin-up
boys," said Nixon.
"When I say 'the liberals'
pin-up boys,' you know exactly
the ones I mean: those that go
down the liberal line and who
can see all of the wickedness
among conservatives and when
ita on their side, well, 'Ha, ha,
ha, isn't that just fun and
AGNEW ALWAYS insisted he
was innocent, Nixon said, add-
ing: "He was talking about ...
being innocent of bribery . . .
that as far as funds were con-
cerned, he never indicated to
me that he had accepted the
funds while he was in the White
The vice president protested
to Nixon that it was common
practice in Eastern states for
contractors to contribute to ex-
penses of governors or county
officials, Nixon said. But at the
same time, Henry Petersen,
head of the Justice Depart-
nent's criminal division, was
saying the .evidence was so
strong, a prison sentence would
be recommended for Agnew, if
he was convicted by a court.
Nixon said "Agnew "strongly
urged that I do everything pos-
sible, and he was going to do
everything possible" to get his

case handled through inieach-
ment instead of standing trial
in court.
were divided on a case involv-
ing a vice president - whether
to do it through impeachment
or a criminal trial.
Then, Nixon said, Solicitor
General Robert Rork decided
that a vice president could be
tried in court.
"When we got this news,"
Nixon related, "then frankly
Agnew had come to the point
where he realized he had no al-
ternative . . . to avoid going
into a court which would be
virtually . . . a kangeroo court
where he'd have no chance pnd
serve a prison term; that he
ought to take the steps that
would lead to a settlement of
the - matter without a prison
term and therefore the resig-
nation option became absolute-
ly indispensable."
FACED WITH Agnew's pro-
testation of innocence and the
Justice Department's view of
overwhelming guilt, Nixon said
it didn't matter which version
he believed.
"There wasn't any question
after hearing Petersen and his
version, that he (Agnew) was,
frankly going to get it. So un-
der the circumstances, it be-
came an irrelevant point."
Nixon said he knows Agnew
felt he was being undercut by
people in the White House and
that he "has bitter feelings,
certainly about me.
"It was a no-win prsposition,"
the forrder- president continued.
"I felt that in his heart he was
a decent man. He was an hon-
est man. He was a courageous
"Ie made mistakes; I mle
mistakes . . . I think he felt
that he was just part of a sys-
tem that had been going on for

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teat! Nothing much happening
Arts. Still haven't checked out
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SUSAN B. dF525

Panel discussion: "Sexism in
a.m. Children's Toys"
8:05 p.m. The New York Philharmonic
KOSTELANETZ, conductor
works by Tchaikovsky, Debussy,
Lal, Mendelssohn and Ravel.
on WOM917FM,

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