THE PRESIDENCY by HUGH SIDEY: Guilty Until Proven Innocent?

THE PRESIDENCY

AT lunch a former Nixon Cabinet officer glumly wondered whether the President could survive the Watergate scandal. In that way he tacitly signaled his own doubts that Richard Nixon was innocent.

At breakfast in another part of Washington still another former Cabinet officer showed the same doubts. If evidence surfaced linking the President to the bugging or the coverup, he said, he did not want to hear about it or think about it.

All last week Republican and Democratic Senators talked the same way in their private moments. Even some members of the...

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