Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 7, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
may be key to Nixon giving up By CLIFTON DANIEL New York Times Service WASHINGTON The possibility of President Nix- on's resignation hung like an uncertain rain cloud over Washington today a cloud that could burst at any moment, but very well might not. Talk of resignation persisted, despite the president's renewed denial to his cabinet, and much of the talk turned on the question of what kind of "deal" the presi- dent could make if he did want to quit. There was a general assumption that Nixon would not voluntarily leave office without an assurance against criminal prosecution as a private citizen. In his statement Monday the president all but plead- ed guilty to obstruction of justice. He conceded that his impeachment was a foregone conclusion. He threw himself on the mercy of the court, the U.S. Senate. But for the immunity afforded him by the con- stitution, Nixon was deemed by many lawyers to have placed himself in jeopardy of a criminal trial, if not conviction. Just as any other potential defendant with some ronspicuoir differences attributable to his position Nixon had several courses open to him. The one he said he had chosen was to fight the charges. The others, according to legal authorities, included the following- Just as other Watergate defendants have done, Nix- on, through his lawyers, could approach the Watergate special prosecutor, Leon Jaworski. The lawyers could propose that, if the president were granted immunity from prosecution, he would resign his office and testify in the cases of others charged with Watergate of lenses. There has been no suggestion from anybody in Washington that the special prosecutor has been approached or is even likely to be. However, it is com- mon knowledge that Jaworski is approachable and is willing to listen to anybody's proposition. With a view to expediting the disposition of Watergate cases. Jaw- orski has already accepted several negotiated pleas. From Nixon's viewpoint, the trouble with a bargain is that it would involve an admission of guilt. That is something he has so far assiduously avoided, even though he has acknowledged, as he did yesterday, that the evidence against him is damaging. While the special prosecutor is manifestly receptive to pleas, the presumption here is that he would not accept one as important as the president's without socking a consensus in favor of it. He would surely consult the leadership of congress, which represents the people and which has the sole right to impeach the president and remove him from office Still other alternatives have been suggested: that Vice President Ford could promise to pardon Nixon if he were convicted after leaving office, that Congress could pass an act of immunity, or even that Nixon himself, exercising his power under the constitution lo grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United could pardon himself in advance. All these devices seem dubious as to legality, morali- ty or political acceptability. How, for example, would Ford justify a promise of clemency that served to promote him to the presidency? As tor a congressional act of immunity. Rep. John J. Rhodes ot Arizona, the House Republican leader, said today. "I have never felt Congress had the con- stitutional authority to grant immunity to anybody for anything." While a deal for Nixon might be difficult to arrange, Washington hears no public outcry to deny him one. Sen. Robert P. Griffin of Michigan, the assistant Republican leader ot the Senate, said today that Nix- on's alleged offenses are not so serious that people want to see him in jail. A growing majority apparently would like to have the president out of office. The latest public opinion poll, by the National Broadcasting Company, shows 62 per cent favoring impeachment and 50 favoring removal from office. But that is scarcely a mandate for a lynching. Agnew. incidentally, insisted up to the day of his resignation that he had no intention of resigning. Then the cloud burst Five residents named to housing authority Canadian soldier killed by Cypriot sniper NICOSIA (CP) A ner- vous, angry atmosphere settl- ed over the Canadian camp to- day following the death of Pte. Joseph Lionel Gilbert Perron, shot during the night by hidden gunmen during a United Nations peacekeeping patrol in this Cypriot capital. Sources said the 20-year-old Montreal native was in a jeep with two other soldiers Appointment of five local residents to the Lethbridge Housing Authority was an- nounced today by Mayor Andy Anderson. Named chairman of the housing body which will be responsible for management, operation and administration of public housing in the city was former Socred provincial welfare minister L. C. Halmrast. Other members of the authority are: Clinton G. Stata. a retired salesman ac- tive in local senior citizen groups; Elizabeth De Ar- mond, a saleswoman with 'It's our newest. Low on gas but high on price.' Inside Classified........24-28 Comics............22 Comment...........4 District.........19, 29 Family ......20, 21, 30 Local News.....17, 18 Markets ...........23 Sports...........10-13 Theatres............7 TV.................6 Weather............3 LOW TONIGHT 45, HIGH THURS. 75; SUNNY, WARM attempting to enter Turkish- Cypriot territory in this divid- ed city when the incident took place. He was shot twice in the back apparently by a hidden gunman while the three were stopped at a checkpoint near a bridge outside the Turkish enclave. Military sources said the shots came from the direc- tion of the Turkish-Cypriots but there was no immediate official confirmation of this report. Military leaders said they are conducting an investigation. The driver of -the jeep immediately turned and drove to headquarters at the Ledra Palace Hotel where Perron was loaded on a helicopter and flown to a British military hospital. He was pronounced dead on arrival. Perron's regiment, the Canadian Airborne, is based in Edmonton, and the young private had been in Cyprus since April with others in that regiment's 1st Commando Group. He was the first Canadian to be killed in the recent upheav- als which have rocked the island for about three weeks. A number of Canadian troops from the airborne have been wounded. Military spokesmen described the incident as an isolated one that took place tor no apparent reason. The Canadians are responsible for keeping the Greek-and Turkish-Cypriots apart in the Nicosia region described as the most sensitive of the six areas overseen by the peace- keeping force here. The incident immediately cast a pall over the United Nations peacekeeping head- quarters just outside the city at Blue Beret Camp. Maj.-Gen. Uewan Prem Chand, commander of the UN forces, telephoned Col Guy Lessard. commander of the Canadian Airborne, to express personal condolences. Reliance Agencies; James R. Dunstan. manager of Richardson Securities of Canada, and Douglas G. W. Sutherland, manager of Canada Trust. First task of the new body will be to oversee operation of the 20-unit public housing complex on 18th Street N. due to open in September. The appointments are for two terms, and were made by Municipal Affairs Minister Dave Russell on the advice of Mayor Anderson and an Alberta Housing Corpora- tion official. The LetHbridae Herald VOL. LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7, 1974 15 Cents U.S. annoyed at beef quota Sorting out the rubble Canadian soldier on duty in mortar-damaged presidential suite of Nicosia hotel. Cyprus fighting in lull after mountain battle From AP-REUTER The Kyrenia mountain front in norther Cyprus was reported quiet Tuesday night after the stiffest clash since the June 30 ceasefire sent Greek-Cypriot defenders reel- ing before a westward Turkish drive. The Kyrenia battles began at dawn Tuesday as Turkish troops attacked Lapithos and Karavas. The two towns are on the narrow plain between the Kyrenia mountain range and the coast nine miles west of Kyrenia. British troops with the UN peacekeeping force rushed into Lapithos trying to halt the fighting, but they were driven back by heavy mortar fire and were ordered out by Greek- Cypriot officers. Greek-Cypriot National Guard troops were seen retreating across the sunbak- ed lulls toward Myrtou to the southwest. By noon, a UN sergeant said: "That whole area is burning now." The fighting later spread across the moun- tains to the towns of Larnaka and Agridaki on the inland slopes. Tuesday night, a UN spokes- man in New York reported "less fighting all over the but brush fires set by the shilling still crackled across the parched hilltops. The fighting was the second major Turkish drive in five davs along the western Kyrenia mountains. The rocky outcroppings and mountain villages there offer a strategic view of Kyrenia, captured by the Turks in the first days of the invasion. On the political front, Cyprus President Glafkos Clerides announces a new cabinet today. moderate politi- cian favored by both Greek- and Turkish-Cypriot com- has so far govern- ed with the cabinet of his predecessor, former guerrilla leader Nikos Sampson. Clerides has been under pressure to change his top portfolios since succeeding Sampson, installed as presi- dent after the military coup that toppled Archbishop Makarios July 15. Meanwhile, international military talks on marking out a ceasefire line and buffer zone in Cyprus resume today after making some progress Tuesday. In Athens, Greek Premier Constantine Caramanlis meets Soviet Ambassador Igor Yezov today amid reports that Moscow has pledged its support in the event of an attack against Greece by Turkey. The pledge was reported by well-informed sources to have been made by the Soviet envoy to Greek Deputy Premier George Mavros last Sunday. The Soviet Union is under- stood to be concerned over events in Cyprus that might presage a de-facto partition of t.e island. WASHINGTON (CP) A senior U.S. agriculture department official estimated today that it may take a month before American beef and cattle shipments are resumed to Canada and said there is widespread dis- pleasure here with Canada's new import quota system. Clayton Yeutter. assistant secretary of agriculture, said preliminary estimates in- dicate that the Canadian quotas "could well bring our exports down to worth a year." compared with the approximately million in annual beef and livestock shipments the United States formerly sent to Canada. "Certainly the producer groups are very displeased by is everyone Yeutter said in an interview. But he said it is too early to say how the U.S. government may react to the quotas, which were announced Friday by Ottawa simultaneously with the lifting of its four- month ban on beef and livestock from the U.S. The ban had been imposed because Canada wanted assur- ances that American meat was free from the growth hor- mone diethylstilbestrol which has been shown to cause cancer in laboratory animals. Yeutter referred several times to the "red tape" in- volved in the process by which the U.S. government and its accredited veterinarians will guarantee that DES has not been used on exported live- stock "Unfortunately, the ad- ministrative system is going to be very he said. "I guess it will probably take 30 days or thereabouts for shipments to the time we hold seminars to explain the new system, get the forms printed and dis- tributed, and deal with the rest of the red tape.'' The department will hold seminars on a county-by- county basis for any livestock producers who plan to ship their output to Canada. "Producers will be com- pletely briefed on the whole program and on the necessity for full Yeutter said, and "will simply have to accept" the more complicated new regulations. Some final details of the new system were being studied in Ottawa today, at a meeting between Dr. G. H. Wise of the U.S. agriculture department and Kenneth Wells of the Canadian department. Both had pre- viously been involved in the protracted negotiations to end Canada's ban. Announcing quotas for the coming year based on average imports for the previous five years. the Canadian agriculture department said it wanted to protect Canadian producers from "ruin" as other countries try to dispose of surplus beef. Resignation 'viable option' WASHINGTON (API President Nixon hopes to rally a dwindling band of defenders with pledges to fight removal through a Senate trial, but White House sources say that a presidential resignation remains a "viable option." "Sure it options are open." said one source. Another agreed, saying that despite Nixon's vow to his cabinet Tuesday that he has no intention of resigning "the situation is fluid." "We don't know what is going to happen." One after another. Nixon aides responded with a sigh or a shrug of their shoulders when asked what could or would happen next. Some said they think the wave of resignation and im- peachment demands will sub- side. Others weren't too sure and privately were glum about the president's chances of -j'i-.ging to office. Resignation demands Tuesday, especially among congressional Republi- cans in the mushrooming reaction to Nixon's dis- closures Monday that he tried two years ago to thwart a ma- jor phase of the FBI's Watergate investigation, and that he withheld this infor- mation from Congress and his own lawyer. Deputy press secretary Ger- ald Warren skirted direct an- swers to reporters who press- ed him repeatedly to say that Nixon would not resign. Finally. Warren said. "He does not intend to resign." Rather, the spokesman said, Nixon intends to "See that the business of the people con- tinues as we move through the constitutional process." By constitutional process. Warren said he meant a Senate impeachment trial. But he dodged questions on whether the "constitutional process' might include invok- ing the 25th Amendment, which sets procedures for a president to step aside tem- porarily if unable to carry out the duties of office. Bus passengers badly' Seen and heard About town Sea Scout Drew Saly threatening to "hang mutineers by the barnacles" Doreen Hopton saying "dangereux" is "kangaroo" with a VANCOUVER (CP) Passengers shaken up when a Greyhound bus left the highway and plunged into a creek near here Tuesday said representatives of the bus company refused to give them any help at all when they final- ly arrived here. None of the passengers were badly injured in the crash, which killed bus driver John Lockwood, 27, of Pentic- ton. B.C. The bus was en route from Penticton to Vancouver when it crashed near Chilliwack. about 70 miles east of here. The survivors of the acci- dent arrived here about noon following the a.m. crash. Two of them were still there almost six hours later attempting to get tickets to continue their journey from Penticton to Victoria. Rainer Hoffmeister of Vic- toria charged they were treated shabbily by the Greyhound bus company. "theygave us nothing." he said. "My ticket and the I had were lost in the crash." The two Victoria residents were finally provided with tickets to complete their interrupted journey at p.m. by the depot master on a Pacific Stages bus. New cabinet swearing-in Thursday OTTAWA (CP) The new federal cabinet will be an- nounced Thursday morning, the prime minister's office said today. Prime Minister Trudeau will hold a news conference at a.m. MDT following the swearing-in of his ministers at Government House. First news of the makeup of the new cabinet will be made available at about a.m. MDT, as the ministers assemble for the swearing-in. The announcement will end weeks of speculation about the cabinet. Sources in the environment department have said they may know today who will replace Jack Davis, defeated in the July 8 federal election while holding the environment portfolio. And another source has said Hie decision has been made to move Allan MacEachen, president of the Privy Coun- cil, out of that post. Speculation involves such names as External Affairs Minister Mitchell Sharp, Finance Minister John Turner and Justice Minister Otto Lang. Mr. Sharp is considered a key personality in any shuffle because external affairs is the senior portfolio after the prime minister himself. If the post were vacated, other ministers could move up a notch, some could be moved sideways and there would be room for one or two new members of cabinet. Observers feel it is unlikely the prime minister would push Mr. Sharp aside, however, both because demotions do not come easily to ministers who have been in the cabinet for 13 years and because Mr. Trudeau has never been inclined to demote ministers. There is the possibility that Mr Sharp might ask for a lighter workload. Mr. Turner is widely thought to be ready to move out of the onerous finance portfolio, where political careers are seldom enhanced and the hazards are nu- merous. Many observers feel Mr. Turner would be the natural choice to succeed Mr. Sharp because external affairs is about the only promotion possible.