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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - May 10, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                Weather- Cloudy with a chance of ruin tonight. Occasional rain on Sat- urday. Low tonight near 50. High Saturday in 60s. VOLUME 92 121 CITY FINAL 10 CENTS CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA, FRIDAY, MAY ASSOCIATED PRESS, UPI, NEW YORK TIMES HOUSIN Senator Schweiker Asks Nixon Resign WASHINGTON (AP) Sen- ator Milton Young (R-N.Y.) said President Nixon should consider bowing out temporar- ily while Impeachment pro- ceedings arc under way. He said Nixon could resume of- fice if found innocent. WASHINGTON (AP) Sena- tor Richard Schweiker of Penn- sylvania added his name Friday to a growing list of Republicans urging President Nixon to re- sign. In a letter addressed to the President, Schweiker said Nixon should step down because the Watergate transcripts released by the White House last week "reveal a total disregard for the moral and ethical values upon which this nation was built." "I am compelled to speak Schweiker said. "I cannot remain silent in the face of the now 'obvious moral corrosion destroying the presidency." Appearing on NBC's "Today" show, White House counselor Dean Burch said Friday, "I don't think the President has any intention of resigning. I have no reason for believing the President is considering resign- ing." Feels Obligated Burch said Nixon feels he has not committed any impeachable offense and feels obligated to complete his term. Burch pre- dicted Nixon would give that an- swer to any delegation that might come to the White House to seek his resignation. "It seems to me the President of the United States is entitled to due Burch added. Schweiker, who has often split with Nixon on issues, said he would not prejudge the Pres- ident on issues relating to im- peachment. But he said the transcripts "will inevitably de- stroy your capacity to lead our nation effectively for the re- mainder of your term." "I am convinced you can besl serve your country and the pre- sidency by resigning now, "Sch- weiker said. Third Republican He is the third Republican senator to call for Nixon's resig- nation. The others were Edward Brooke of Massachusetts and James L. Buckley of New York. One top Republican, former New York Gov. Nelson Rocke- feller, said Thursday that, al- though Nixon should not resign the process of impeachmen should 'go onward. He said res- ignation would leave too many unanswered questions and cir- cumvent the Constitution. Expressing "sorrow and dis- may" over the transcripts, Rock- efeller told a news conference in Kansas City that "it is in the national interest lo get this situ- ation resolved promptly." "In the crisis of Watergate there can be only one rea" that is to let the constitutional processes go for- he said." Newspaper Calls Rockefeller, in Kansas City for a G.O.P. fund-raising din ner, added that "our Constitu- tion guarantees that every American has the right to a fair Irial-and that includes the President of the United Stales." Calls for Nixon's resignation came from the Chicago Tribune Ihe Omaha World-Herald, and the Kansas City Star Co., pub lishcr of the afternoon Star am morning Times. The Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Los Ange les Times called for impeach- ment. All the newspapers hat' supported Nixon in the past. "There is no question that Ihe President's position is conlinuing to said a senior Republican senator. Another re- ported increasing cloakroom Chuckle If George Washington ncvei told a lie, wlmt is his piclun doing on a dollar Mini's wortl only 43 cents? cowl ua alk that Nixon would resign if he house votes to impeach him. Almost nobody in the house, n private conversation, now be- ieves impeachment is not a oregone conclusion, said Rep. Charles Wilson Schweiker told a news confcr- ince he decided Thursday night o speak out because of "the ul- imate sense of responsibility in my role as senator." He said if he had based his decision solely on political fac- org "I would have played it safe. I would have kept silent." But Schweiker said he fears 'a moral decay has begun in our government which will cause us to lose our young peo- ple for a generation to come inless we stop it." He insisted his statement in no way compromised his poten- :ial as a judge in an impeach- ment trial.. "I made 'a moral judgment jased on my own strong convic- he said. "Has Become Realty" Until the transcripts came out, Schweiker said, lie didn't relieve the President would re- sign under any conditions. "The possibility of resignation las become a reality by the sequence of events he has start- the senator added. "The thing that is unknown is ;he President's sensitivity to this thing." He said that, based on the transcripts, "there seems io be lack of sensitivity here." Schweiker .was 
                            

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