Jackson Says Media Should Question Nixon on Soviet Jewry Issue at Summit

Sen. Henry M. Jackson (D.Wash.) said today that the nation’s news media should demand from President Nixon at a press conference that he reveal what he said at the Moscow summit conference regarding Soviet Jewry and what response the Soviet leadership made to his presentation.

Jackson made the suggestion in response to a question from the Jewish Telegraphic Agency at a National Press Club luncheon here. He was asked whether he would request the information on those points at the Senate hearings to be held soon on the Soviet-American agreements reached in Moscow.

The Senator, who was a candidate for the Democratic Presidential nomination, said that the President was not “available” to him for questioning and added, “I hope you will get that information at a press conference. There are lots of questions that the President should be asked to stand up and answer.”

Apart from the strategic arms limitation agreement reached in Moscow, the Soviet Jewry issue was the only topic discussed by Sen. Jackson during the course of his speech and in response to numerous questions. The White House has said that the President “mentioned” the Soviet Jewry issue at the summit conference.

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