West Germanys Justice Ministry reported yesterday that en eight-month investigation had so far turned up no proof that the Lockheed Aircraft Corp. had bribed any persons or political parties in West Germany to promote sales of ist F-104 jet Starfighters.
Allegations by a formre Lockheed agent in West Germany, Ernest Hauser, that $12 million had been paid to the Christn Social Union Party headed by Franz-Josef Strauss have hung over Stauss' head for almost 18 months.
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Mitchell could not be reached for comment yesterday.
When the Judiciary Committee last year approved identical legislation to that now pending, it lacked support from the Ford administration.
When nose counts showed it was doomed to defeat, a substitute was offered that would have granted the District only a single vote in the House. That fell 42 votes short of the necessary two-thirds majority in the House. It never got to the Senate.
Fauntroy told a reporter yesterday that preliminary counts show the full voting measure "has a good chance in the House and a fighting chance in the Senate." Many senators are reported to be resisting an enlargement of that chamber's membership of 100.
"We'll get it through the House; we'll get it through the Senate," predicted Sen. Edward W. Brooke (R-Mass.). "I was born here (in Washington)," Brooke added. "I had to leave here to run for the Senate."
Even if it is approved by Congress, the measure still must be ratified by 37 state legislatures, or two-thirds of the total.