Independent from Long Beach, California on March 19, 1976 · Page 7
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Independent from Long Beach, California · Page 7

Long Beach, California
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Friday, March 19, 1976
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A-8--INDEPENDENT (AM) PRESS-TELEGRAM (PM) Un 3 B tac h, c.m., r,\., torch », \m Callaway fights ouster ---Morton choice seen Ry ROBERT S. BOYD Knight News Service WASHINGTON-Prcsi- d e n t Ford's suspended campaign manager, Howard "Bo" Callaway, is resisting While House efforts lo get him to r e s i g n , K n i g h t News Service learned Thursday. Callaway lias hired a lawyer and is seeking time and professional assistance in an effort to clear his name of charges of impropriety involving a ski resort he owns in Colorado. President Ford declined to confirm reports t h a t former Republican National Chairman Rogers Morton has already been picked to replace Callaway as chairman of the President Ford Committee (PFC). "There is no change in his (Callaway's) status as of now," Ford told a group of North Carolina editors and reporters Thursday. ' Callaway was suspended from his post Saturday after the ski-resort i n c i dent surfaced in the press and on TV. But he continues lo hold the title of PFC chairman. SOURCES at (he White House and the PFC privately made it clear, however, that they wish Callaway were out of the way. And Presidential Press Secretary Ron N c s s c n gave t h e troubled chairman a not-so-subtle public hint t h a t his departure would be appreciated. After saying thnt the White House wanted the matter resolved as quickly as possible, Ncssen added: "It's up lo Mr. Callaway to advance tlie resolution of this." (The New York Times reported that soon after he became secretary of the Army in 1973 Callaway attended a U.S.. Forest Sc- vice meeting in Colorado and promoted the ben of i Is to the area of his resort. ( A c c o r d i n g lo ihe minutes of Ihe meeting Aug. 4, 1973, of Ihe advisory committees for two national forest areas, Callaway addressed the group on his Crested Butte development. He has insisted this week thnt his only such contact was last July with two friends who were Agriculture Department officials. At that meeting Callaway urged t h a t a Forest Service ban on expansion of the resort be lifted.) WEDNESDAY, after reports t h a t Callaway's resort had also enjoyed unusual favors from the Civil Aeronautics Board, Iw was summoned to meet with White House Chief of Staff Richard Cheney. Callaway arrived with his lawyer, former Asst. Alty. Gen. Jerris Leonard, in low. White House Counsel Edward Schmulls also sal in on the meeting in Cheney's office. Cheney t o l d reporters afterward that the purpose nf the meeting was to get "these matters now under investigation wrapped up as fast as possible." He said it would be "unfair" lo Callaway "to chop him off" until the investi- Burger hits judge talk on steps WASHINGTON (AP) C h i e f J u s t i c e W a r r e n Burger has warned lhal judges who make speeches on Ihe Supreme C o u r t slcps, as one of lliom did last week, will be treated as lawbreakers. A S u p r e m e C o u r t spokesman said Thursday t h a i Burger issued Ihe warning to Chief Judge Harold Greene of the District of Columbia Superior Court afler Superior Courl J u d g e Harry Alexander spoke on the slops March A federal law makes it an offense punishable by a ?100 line or 60 days in jail lo deliver "any harangue or o r a t i o n . , in t h e Supreme Court building or grounds." Greene declined lo comment. Alexander could not be reached. His secretary said he was ill at home. gallons h a v e been completed. At l e a s t f o u r investigations are under way--by the Justice De- EXCLUSIVE partment, the Defense Department, the CAB and a Senate subcommittee. Senate hearings h a v e been scheduled in early April, but sources in the Ford campaign indicated they arc not eager lo wait that long to clear up the matter. "THE P R E S I D E N T Ford Committee needs a f u l l - t i m e head," o n e source said. "Even if Bo e v e n t u a l l y comes out clean, it can h u r t the President now to have someone on leave from (he campaign getting kicked around in the newspapers every day." Neither Cheney nor Ncs- sen would discuss the details of Cheney's meeting with Callaway, or say whether his resignation had been rcquesled. But other sources indicated that Callaway balked at suggestions f r o m White House and PFC officials that he step down. Callaway was said to be anxious lo stay on until he could g e n e r a t e some favorable publicity about himself, so he would nol be leaving under a cloud. Callaway got into trouble when Colorado newspapers reported that last year, while, he was Secret a r y of the A r m y , he pressured the Agriculture Department lo let him expand his resort in a national forest. It was later learned that the CAB had granted an unusual waiver of its rules to pcrmil direcl charter Pentagon curbs AF plane use in wake of ski-trip disclosure ROGERS MORTON New Campaign Chief? f l i g h t s to Callaway's resort The R o c k y Mountain News reported in a copyrighted story Thursday that Callaway arranged at least one meeting between his brother-in-law, president of the resort, and CAB officials to speed up the charter-flight permit while he was Army secretary in 1973. Callaway has d e n i e d any impropriety in either the Agriculture Department or CAB affair. WASHINGTON (AP) Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld issued orders Thursday aimed at tight- e n i n g , and eventually reducing, use erf the Air Force's 25 special mission planes for official government travel. The a n n o u n c e m e n t came as the Pentagon acknowledged t h a t Deputy Defense Secretary William Clements and then-Army Secretary H o w a r d Callaway flew an Air Force plane early last year to a Colorado ski resort partly owned by Callaway after an official m e e t i n g in Colorado Springs. Pentagon spokesman W i l l i a m G r e e n e r said (here was no connection between the Rumsfeld order and the Clements- Callaway flight or reports t h a t Callaway used military aircraft to travel lo a family-operated resort in Georgia while he was Army secretary. Greener said Pentagon officials have been working for months on the problem of assuring that military aircraft use is limited to what Rumsfeld specified as travel "in the national i n t e r e s t and (where) commercial transportation is not available or capable of meeting the movement requirement." In a memorandum to all top military and civilian officials, Rumsfeld said, "In the interest of economy and energy conservation, a timely review of the utilization of special air mission aircraft by all members of the department is desired with the objective of reducing such utilization." Rumsfeld told his subordinates that "every effort will be made to exercise particular care in planning and scheduling trips ami to consolidate travel requirements." The policy applies not only to travel by defense officials but also to use of military aircraft by o f f i - cials of other government departments and agencies. It does not call for any restrictions, on the use of Air Force planes by members of Congress. According to Pentagon statistics, congressional flights rank second only to those used by defense officials. There appeared to be nothing in the new order lhal would bar side trips. 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