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June 20, 1976

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 8

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9A -June 20, 1976 Sunday Ga*ette-Mail Charleston, West Virglnlt 'Insider' Haldeman Shares Undisclosed Views Frm Page -One Later that morning I tried, without success, to reach the president. Instead I spoke a couple of times during the day with Al Haig, my White House successor. I never got the feeling from Haig, or anyone else, that my calls were unwelcome or out of place. I did tell a somewhat surprised Haig that the president had telephoned to say that he was resigning. And I told him of my recommendation regarding the blanket pardons. AI agreed that the pardon proposal be put in writing, something I subsequently did through dictation to my Washington law firm. The proposal didn't reach the White House until sometime the following day, shortly before Nixon addressed the nation on TV. K WHEN THE PRESIDENT went on the air to announce his resignation my attorneys and I did not know whether pardons would be granted or not. My own feeling was that Nixon would not make a statement on the subject that night, reserving it for a final executive order on the actual day of his own resignation. After the presidential broadcast, White House lawyer Fred Buzhardt telephoned John Wilson, my attorney, to say that there definitely would be no pardons. Although I was informed that my arguments reached the president, and that he made the final decision, I don't believe it. Nixon has never volunteered an answer to the question in our conversations since then. I have not raised the subject. I think it was a tragic mistake for the political good of the nation as well as for myself and all the others involved that the blanket pardons I recommended were not given. The Smoking Pistol? I didn't feel then and I don't feel now, that the June 23, 1972 tape, which was the proximate cause for the downfall of the Nixon administration, was sufficient reason for the president to resign. Some weeks before the tape was released in a somewhat panicky manner, Haig called me unexpectedly to ask what I remembered about the June 23 meeting with the president. "Think carefully," he said. "Do you recall any problems with it?" "Absolutely not," I replied. I didn't think the tape was a problem, but rather an embarrassment, to the president. Haig called again a few days later. "Are you really sure?" he wondered. It certainly would have been to my advantage then to disclose any criminal information that could destroy the president and incriminate me, if I had believed there was any. The June 23 tape does turn out to be the most damaging evidence available because it clearly shows a political motivation in bringing the CIA and FBI together. But it did not represent an obstruction of justice in the Watergate case, and that's what I was indicted for. It was purely a question of trying to prevent a source of campaign donations from being disclosed. And that was political. So maybe we used the CIA and FBI politically-but not in terms of obstructing justice. There were constant errors in judgment from the beginning about the way we perceived and dealt with the Watergate matter from inside the White House. I readily admit it. So does Richard Nixon. OUR GREATEST mistake was in not getting ahead of the game at the outset, finding out who were culpable, and bringing them to justice. The president and I, together with John Ehrilichman, never quite made enough tough moves. We were all afraid to find out. Afraid that what we suspected might be the case, would, in fact, turn out to be the case-that it went very high up, to Jeb Magruder and even to John Mitchell, as the April 14, 1973 tape indicates Ehrlichman told the president. Ehrlichman did directly confront Mitchell that day on the subject. And Mitchell denied categorically any involvement in authorizing the break-in at the Watergate. But the overwhelming logic of the situation made me wonder pretty strongly about how the break-in could have occurred without at least a wink on Mitchell's part. It is significant, however, that despite all the investigations and revelations, Mitchell has never been indicted in connection with the break-in. The Nation's Loss Was Huge I was filled with a sense of horrible tragedy the hour that Richard Nixon resigned the presidency. Driving up to Los Angeles from the beach that day, and listening to President Ford address the nation on the radio, I had a strong feeling of what the nation had lost in terms of leadership at noon on Aug. 9,1974. The country really lost Nixon as a forceful leader in May of 1973 after Ehrlichman and I resigned. After then, he was not fully functioning as President because of constant diversions in connection with the burgeoning Watergate investigation. From a point during that spring, all our" foreign policy initiatives began to erode, with the exception of China. It is interesting in looking back now, to think of what might have been, and what would not have been. If Watergate had not swamped Nixon at the outset of his second term: City Chevrolet Dealers Beat 75 Sales Chevrolet dealers in the Charleston zone continued to beat last year's sales as they sold a total of 3,614 new cars and trucks in May. There were 2,282 car sales as compared with 1,764 in May of last year, said H.C. Johns, zone manager. Trucks totaled 1,332 compared with 1,576 a year ago. "The strong May sales pace underscores our optimism for the continued upsurge in demand for both cars and trucks." Johns commented. "We anticipate the summer selling season will get into full swing during June which will give an added boost to the sales level." Nationally, Chevrolet new car sales are running 25.3 per cent ahead of last year's and truck sales are up 34.1 per cent. The Charleston zone includes 91 Chevrolet dealers in most of West Virginia and parts of Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio. Are vou a L.M. THE CAMERA IS CANDID ABOUT *esflio And so is our photogenic Latimer's man, Don Cohen, dynamic moving force behind establishing the Notional Track and Field Hall of Fame in West Virginia . . . and President of its Board of Governors! A native of Columbus, Ohio, Don and his wife Flora Lee have four children. This busy Latimer's man owns Charleston Optical Company and makes time to work with young people in recreational areas. n. AA j Don poses in RESILIO'S super-cool striped seersucker big top shirt at 16.00 and cotton bag pants at 22.00.. .an outfit *hich casually' lens itself to leisure hour comfort in the style that "reflex" a man's own image of ease! Get yourself ,n the RESILIO picture. . .be in focus and watch it project a portrait of pure pleasure for all summer exposures.. .ready to snap up now for your viewing.. .at Latimer's.. .where something nice is always developing! :imer's 809 Quarrier Street 343-9435 Open Mon. nite 'til 9 BankAmericard Master Charge Free Parking in Charleston Parking Bldg. with purchase. A i r v n u ;i L M... H. R. Haldeman Nixon 'Insider' ·-South Vietnam would not have fallen. The final outcome in Vietnam would have taken a far different turn than the tragic ending that did occur had Nixon not been weakened and instead had been able to deal with it firmly rather than in the wake of a collapse of U. S. credibility. America's position in world diplomacy wouldte one of towering strength and leadership. Nixon, whom Bill Rogers (Secretary of State from 1969-73) referred to as the world's youngest elder statesman, had acquired enormous stature in world affairs, 'overseeing a thrust which would have placed this nation in the role less of a bullying policeman, and more in the terms of an innovative persuader. f'Henry Kissinger would not be secretary of state. There was never any thought of this appointment as a possibility--al- though there were going to be substantial changes at the State Department, from the top down. »-The clumsy and regressive federal bureaucracy would have been totally restructured, despite stubborn resistance from bitter, anti-Nixon elitists entrenched in the woodwork. My firm view is that many bureaucrats, who knew that they would be fired or relocated by executive order (Congress simply would not provide the legislation), played a gleeful and decisive role in undoing the Nixon administration. In 1973 and 1974 the federal government became a massive sieve in an orgy of self-preservation. »The so-called "Ford Guys," such as Donald Rumsfeld, now the secretary of defense, and George Bush, serving as director of the CIA, would still be known as the "Nixon Guys," whom I played a key role in recruiting for prominent posts in the Nixon administration. One of the most ironic aspects of the whole Watergate fallout is. in fact, the number of Nixon appointees who continue to serve the nation with distinction in the Ford administration. »-The Republican party would be entering Campaign '76 with the enormous strength of the New American Majority coalition Nixon had put together in winning the 1972 election. And there was every reason to believe that new gains would have been achieved in the congressional campaigns of 1974, and again this year. *The 1976 Republican presidential candidate would not have been either Jerry Ford or Ronald Reagan - but John Connally. Following Agnew's resignation, Connally would have been Nixon's selection for vice president. But the president's weakened position dictated against fighting the Connally nomination through Senate confirmation hearings. The candidate this year would not have been Agnew even if his fall from grace had not occurred. The president would have decisively re- solved that long before the convention. »-And the White House taping system ^Former President Nixon would have wou 'd still be running, and no one would been a major influence on the world scene know "· for years to come. Next: The Real Richard Nixon Semi-Annual SALE Famous Brand SPRING AND SUMMER STYLES $ 15. California Cobblers Auditions Reg. to 35.00 Mandarins And Many Others COX'S SHOES, Main Floor 3 days only--June 20-21-22 STARTS TODAY! 12:30 P.M. i _ Summer Sellout You save 25%- 50% * * * * * * * * * * Misses', women's dresses, pantsuits and blouses. ^ U AS PYC J A C K E T - S N A P KKONT *l« :j PC. POLYESTER I'ANTSI 'IT Si!' 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