Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 25, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
26 THE LETH8RIDCE HERALD Wednesday, July 25, NIXON APPEARS WILLING JO FACE GRAVE POLITICAL RISKS By JAMES M. NAUGHTON New York Times Service WASHINGTON President Nixon's refusal to release the secret tapes of his conversa- tions with central figures in the Watergate conspiracy signaled a determination by the presi- dent to run the legal and politi- cal risks that Watergate poses to his long career. It pitted the president against the Congress in a test of their spearate powers and was grave enough to move Sen. Howard Baker, the Tennessee Republi- can, to declare that the nation was on "the brink of constitu- tional confrontation.'" It posed a peril to Nixon's leadership of the country basic enough to prompt Sen. Sam Ervin of North Carolina, the Democratic chairman of the Senate Watergate Committee, to assert that Watergate was a greater tragedy than the Civil War. Yet Nixon, by the accounts of his associates, decided to risk both his current credibility and his place in history in defense of an esoteric doctrine called executive privilege, which never has been defined. The constitution's separation of powers must "preclude" him, the president said, from making available such evidence as the tapes or, for that matter, an assortment of White House Con- gressional investigators would read into the record of their hearings or that Archibald Cox, the special government prose- cutor, might introduce in cri- minal trials. "I don't Ervin pro- tested, "that the American peo- ple are so interested in abstruse arguments about separation of powers or executive privilege as they are in finding answers" to questions about the presi- dent's role in Watergate. Thus Nixon's rejection of the plea for answers represented by the tapes, constituting what inevitably will be dubbed his seventh crisis, brought into sharp focus the risks he was confronting. Proponents of presidential impeachment, who have been unable so far to get more than a detached discussion among their colleagues in the House of Representatives will be armed now with the argument that Nixon is forcing them to subject him to a trial by the full Senate with the pros- pects of examination of the president under oath as the only way to obtain Nixon's side of the Watergate story. The public, whose faith in the president's denials of involve- ment in the conspiracy has slid to the lowest level of Nixon's rank in the opinion polls during his presidency, may be tempted to maintain a presumption of presidential innocence when the president is withholding the hardest evidence available. Nixon, in a letter to Ervin, chairman of the Senate Select C o m m ittee on Presidential Campaign Activities, Bays that the evidence of the tapes finally settle the "central issues be- fore your committee." If so, what risk would be en- tailed in making the pertinent portions of the tapes part of an already inconclusive record? The president, anticipating that argument, said he had heard the recordings, that they were "entirely consistent" with his public professions of inno- cence and ignorance of in- volvement of his aides and cam- paigners in the conspiracy but they contained comments that could be misinterpreted by "persons with different per- spectives and motivations." What the seven members of the Senate committee and Cox of the special prosecuting team are saying, in reply, is that it is insufficient for Nixon to be the sole judge of the proper per- spective and that their own mo- tivations are limited to search- ing for facts in the thicket of conflicting testimony. Values effective 'til closing Saturday, July 28, 1973. We reserve Hie right to limit quantities. GOOD FOOD COSTS LESS! 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