White House Counsellor Melvin Laird announced his resignation as President Nixon's Chief Adviser on Domestic Affairs on Wednesday (19 December).
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MELVIN LAIRD: "I think that the time has come for a vote under our constitutional process. The investigations continue to go on and the President within the next few days will be releasing more and more information and there should be some sort of a deadline as to whether or not a decision is going to be made by the Congress on this question. Now its time for the Congress to vote, I believe no later than the 15th of March, on the question of indictment. All the information is available, it has been made available very readily to them and there is no reason they cannot pass judgement within the next 60 days".
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Background: White House Counsellor Melvin Laird announced his resignation as President Nixon's Chief Adviser on Domestic Affairs on Wednesday (19 December).
Mr. Laird, a former Defence Secretary told newsmen that Mr. Nixon was making some progress in restoring his leadership and that he personally did not feel he was leaving a sinking ship. But he said the time had come for a vote on whether President Nixon was to be impeached or not. All the information was available to Congress and they should pass judgement within the next 60 days, he added.
Mr. Laird wanted to leave on January 1, but was persuaded by the President to stay for another month until work had been completed on Mr. Nixon's State of the Union message to Congress and on the Budget.
Mr. Laird told reporters he would become senior counsellor for National and International Affairs for "Reader's Digest" magazine and would travel a great deal throughout the world.