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Javits Says Will Ask Nixon to Back Approval of Fortas As Chief Justice

Senator Jacob K.Javits, New York Republican, said at a news conference here yesterday that he would ask Richard M. Nixon, the Republican presidential nominee, to help achieve the confirmation of Associate Justice Abe Fortas as Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. Senator Javits. who is campaigning for re-election, said he planned to meet with Mr. Nixon in the immediate future to ask him “to do all he can” to prevent a threatened filibuster when the Senate reconvenes next month and resumes hearings on the Fortas nomination.

Senator Javits said he saw no evidence of anti-Semitism in the opposition to Justice Fortas appointment. “To invoke the issue of anti-Semitism without any real proof is likely to make the confirmation process more difficult” because “it injects a much more abrasive issue into the matter than is Justified by the confirmation process,” Sen. Javits said.

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