Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 9, 1974 · Page 20
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June 9, 1974

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 20

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4B -Juiu» 9.1974 Sunday Gazette-Mail' No Interference Predicted For Any Impeachment Trial from Scott, that with a new ! To all ttese possible politi- drafting of his plans -- is that Congress starting in January, ;|cal and legal objections, "the sooner we get it disposed the Senate trial must begin j| Mansfield's basic answer -- of one way or the other, the anew. land the guiding precept in the better." SEN. MIKE MANSFIELD Trial Should Proceed ·By John W. Finney (C) Neic York Times Sen-ice W A S H I N G T O N - Sen. Mike Mansfield, the Senate Democratic leader, took the position Saturday that neither this fall's election nor the probability that some "lame- duck senators" may be sitting as jurors should interfere with any impeachment trial of President Nixon. Even if impeachment proceedings should not reach the Senate until shortly before the November elections, as seems likely, Mansfield said in an interview that he believed the Senate should proceed with a trial on a six-day week basis. If an impeachment trial should extend beyond the November elections, Mansfield proposed that newly elected senators should be seated as "alternate jurors" in a special section of the Senate galleries. Then, under his proposal, the newly elected senators would be prepared to replace defeated or retired senators as jurors if the impeachment proceedings should extend into the new Congress, which will be convened in early January. * * * IN A PROVISIONAL way, the Montana Democrat has begun drafting plans for a Senate trial in the event that the House should vote articles of impeachment. He is attempting to approach the task with as little publicity as possible. Mansfield already has had discussions with Sen. Hugh Scott, the Republican leader. 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