White House officials, expecting a report on Budget Director Bert Lance's personal finances to be made public next week, continued a stony silence yesterday on the investigation and Lance's future in the administration.
White House press secretary Jody Powell said President Carter would not hold a news conference next week, a somewhat surprising development since Carter generally has had a news conference every two weeks. The President has pledged to hold two news conferences a months and his most recent one was Aug. 6.
Officials said they expect the comptroller of the currency to report next week on the investigation of Lance's finances, and that it was decided that Carter's next news conference should be held after that report has been made public.
The President is expected to leave Washington next Tuesday on Wednesday for Camp David, Md., and to remain three through the following weekend. He is scheduled to meet with Lance on government reorganization matters Monday afternoon.
The budget director is vacationing on Sea Island, Ga., and is scheduled to return to Washington on Sunday or Monday.
One official said that White House and Office of Management and Budget aides remain intensely loyal to Lance. "I can see no sign toward resignation," he said.
Another official said he would be "very surprised" if Lance decided to resign before the inquiry is completed.